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Practitioners are required to obtain an Attorneys Fidelity Fund Certificate each year. This certificate, without which one is not permitted to practise, is issued on behalf of the Fund by a practitioner’s statutory law society upon receipt of a completed application form.

Practitioners are reminded that the form must be completed in accordance with the regulations under the Act. Completed applications for the ensuing year must be submitted to the offices of the relevant statutory law society through the online application each year. If commencing practice for the first time, the application will be in respect of the current year.

The financial information in section 16 of the form will be used by the Fund to negotiate enhanced benefits with the banking industry in our ongoing continuing effort to improve the interest return on practitioners’ trust account balances. Interest returns enable the Fund to contribute towards the costs incurred by practitioners in operating their trust current bank accounts, and for the first level of professional indemnity insurance cover, which is provided to all practitioners at no cost.

Such information will also be used by the Fund to provide statistics for risk management and reinsurance programmes.


The Attorneys Fidelity Fund Certificate Application Form was published on 30 September 2015 and certain information fields are compulsory in your application. To assist practitioners, the application form was automated and applications are only accepted through this online process.

You would have received communication via e-mail and/or SMS to activate your login for the new application where after you can access the secure online application and certificate-issuing portal through the following link, or from your Law Society or the Attorneys Fidelity Fund website to conclude your registration process and to submit your application information.  The application will guide you through the processes. You are urged to consult the guidelines and help functions as contained in the application.

If you have not received communication to activate your login, please contact your Law Society to ensure that your contact details are correct.

Below is the guide for FFC online application

Step By Step User Guide FFC On Line Application Process V3 


In preparation for submission of your FFC Application for 2017 using the online application, based on the Application Form Regulations, you need to be ready with the following:

  • Trust Account/s balances for the previous four quarters ended (31/12/2015; 31/03/2016; 30/06/2016 and 30/09/2016) for the following accounts:
        1. Section 78(1) – to be reported individually for each s78(1) account held by the firm per financial institution
        2. Section 78(2)(a) – to be reported individually for each s78(2)(a) account held by the firm per financial institution
        3. Section 78(2A) – total balances to be reported per financial institution. It is compulsory to provide a breakdown of the reported balances i.e. what is the value of the conveyancing matters/ litigation matters/ commercial matters/ etc.   This breakdown should tally to 100% of the reported balance.
        4. Estates – total balances to be reported per financial institution
        5. Properties (other entrusted assets) – total balances to be reported.

Please take care not to duplicate amounts reported in s78(2A) with pure investment, estates and property as this distorts the overall reported balances.

  • Service charge formulae for the trust accounts as provided by the bank
  • FICA registration number
  • Financial Services Provider (FSP) number (if running an investment practice)
  • Firm’s Registration number (for Incorporated Practices)

In addition to the above, please ensure the following:

  • That your Law Society is in receipt of your unqualified audit report
  • You have completed the Practice Management Training (PMT), (where applicable)
  • You have paid over all interest as well as any other monies due to the Law Society
  • If you are in a firm with more than one member, identify a firm’s representative who will capture the financial information of the firm on the online application. A member of the firm will be required to create that representative on the online application at member’s login.


Should you be applying for 2016, the same information as outlined above is required except the balances will be for the quarters ended (31/12/2014; 31/03/2015; 30/06/2015 and 30/09/2015).

Click here for new Fidelity Fund Certificate Application Form as gazetted on 30 September 2015.


When can I start to apply for the 2017 Fidelity Fund Certificates?

The anticipated date is the 3rd October 2016, but you should receive notification from the Law Society and from the portal.  Please continue to check on your Law Society’s website or that of the Attorneys Fidelity Fund at

Can I still submit manual applications?

NO. All certificates from 2016 onwards are only issued via this online application.  Law Societies can no longer issue certificates manually.

How do I get started?

You are required to ensure that the Law Society of which you are a member has your correct and updated email address and mobile number.  You will receive communication via email and/or SMS to activate your login for the new application.  It therefore becomes crucial for you to advise your Law Society of any changes in your contact details.

The online application is web-based, you can access it anytime from anywhere as long as you have internet connectivity, this includes use of computers, ipads, tablets, smartphones, internet cafes, etc.  The address from which you can access the online application is: or you can follow the link from your Law Society’s or the Fund’s website.  Easy to use help guides are provided to assist users navigate the online application.

What if I struggle to access the online application?

The online application is supported in Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, except Internet Explorer version 8.0 or lower.  For the best experience it is advised to use Chrome or Firefox.  Make sure your provided login credentials are correctly captured, especially your password which is extremely sensitive as it also considers spaces as characters.  Should you be on the correct browser and having captured your login credentials correctly but still experience problems accessing the online application, please contact your Law Society for assistance.  The contact details for the Law Societies are as follows:

Law Society of the Northern Provinces (LSNP)       Tel: 012 338 5869 / 5815 / 5916


Cape Law Society (CLS)  or 021 443 6700


KZN Law Society or 033 345 1304


Free State Law Society  or 051-447 3237 or 051-447 3237


Alternatively, you can contact the Attorneys Fidelity Fund at or 012 622 3942 / 3951 for assistance with the application process.

How do I complete my 2017 application?

As soon as you are logged in, the first screen under certification will require of you to indicate the year for which you are applying.  You will select the appropriate year and proceed as indicated by the system.

What if my firm has more than one member?

Legislation requires that each member who is either a sole practitioner, partner or director must apply for an FFC in order to practise and charge for services rendered.

  • Firms with more than one member who is required to hold an FFC can appoint a firm representative, either a member or a non-member, who can capture the financial data of the firm, and for the firm.
  • The representative, if not a member that is required to hold an FFC, will receive their own login credentials via email or sms once created by a member.
  • The representative, if a member entitled to hold an FFC, will already have login credentials and use those to capture the firm’s financial information.
  • A non-member representative can capture financial information for the firm, complete and submit the application form for a member.  Upon submission of the completed application form by a non-member, the member will have to login, check and certify the correctness of the financial information and the captured form, and proceed to request issuance of the certificate.
  • A member representative who is required to hold an FFC will be able to capture firm’s financial information and proceed until he/she can generate the certificate for self.
  • There is therefore no need to replicate the financial information of the firm, it is captured only once.

 What if my personal or firm details are incorrect?

The online application pre-populates firm and personal information.  However, should a member’s personal information not display correctly, the member is able to change the following information:

  • Mobile number;
  • Telephone number;
  • Email address;
  • Residential address; and
  • Marital status

Should critical data be displayed incorrectly, including data pertinent to the firm, kindly notify the Law Society in writing of the correct information.

Does the Law Society continue to issue the Certificates?

The Law Societies continue to be responsible for issuing the FFC.  To facilitate this issuance, the system has now been automated to make the process of issuing and obtaining an FFC simpler and expeditious.  Checks and balances will still be conducted on the online application to ensure compliance with all the requirements before a certificate can be issued.  The Director/Secretary of the Law Society retains the discretion to issue or decline the issuance of the certificate.

How long does it take to receive the Certificate once application submitted?

Provided all the necessary requirements have been met and the Law Society has satisfied itself of that, there should be no delays.  As soon as the application is received and approved by the Law Society, the certificate will be generated and immediately available for the member to print on the online application.

Do I have to complete the FFC application all at once?

Not necessarily.  Provided you save all captured information as and when you access the online application, you can always go back to the online application and continue with the process.  The online application will automatically take you directly to the step that is to be completed.  Should you not have saved the information, you will be required to start the process from the beginning and recapture the information.

Is the Certificate specific to my Law Society?

The certificate will reflect the Law Society of which the sole practitioner, partner or director is member, the period for which it is valid, the name of the member that is entitled to hold an FFC, the name of the firm in which he practices, the FFC number, the Law Society member number, and the date of issue.

Can I regenerate a Certificate?

A generated certificate cannot be regenerated, but it can be reprinted as it will always remain on the system.

What if I don’t have a computer?

You can access the online application through any electronic platform that supports internet access, from your ipad, tablet, smartphone, internet café, etc.  Should you have exhausted all efforts to obtain internet access to the online application, you may attend at the Law Societies’ offices where stations will be available to provide you with access to the online application.