All organizations, including public and private organizations should have a qualified and effective in-house legal team, which provides the organization and its employees with legal service, advice and counsel.
CCASA is recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) as the Professional Body which represents the in-house Corporate Legal Counsel profession in South Africa, under registration number: PB 0000102. CCASA aims to promote the in-house Corporate Legal Counsel as a profession.
Anyone who works in the in-house legal or Corporate Legal Counsel environment should be a CCASA member. This includes lawyers, attorneys, advocates, paralegals, contract managers, compliance officers and company secretaries.
The persons making up this in-house legal team must possess specialist business and legal skills and competencies as well as knowledge and expertise, all of which is exercised in a professional, diligent and ethical manner. These persons must act as trusted business and legal advisors to their respective organizations.
In order to act as an ethical and competent member of the in-house legal team, such persons must be able to satisfy and meet the criteria set out in the respective CCASA Corporate Legal Counsel competency frameworks.
CCASA, by virtue of it being recognized by the SAQA as the professional body which represents the Corporate Legal Counsel profession in South Africa, is allowed to assess, accredit and award professional designation(s) to its members in the following categories:
Whilst all professionals comprising an in-house legal team hold certain legal degrees and qualifications, in the past and certainly up and until the formal recognition of CCASA by the SAQA, there were no professional or occupational qualification criteria in South Africa for Corporate Legal Counsel and support staff, which set the standard and benchmark for the in-house profession.
CCASA, in close collaboration with:
has developed a set of competency frameworks and related assessment tools which set the standard for the Corporate Legal Counsel profession in South Africa.
The CCASA collection of designations for Corporate Legal Counsel and support staff comprising and making up the in-house legal team, are designed to enhance the role of Corporate Legal Counsel as a profession in South Africa. This will ultimately not only lend credibility to the Corporate Legal Counsel profession, but will allow accredited Corporate Legal Counsel and Corporate Legal Support Staff to:
By virtue of the SAQA accreditation and recognition programme, CCASA has been given the right to assess applicants and following a successful assessment programme to award successful applicants, depending on the assessment programme, one of four specific Professional Designations along the Progression Pathway of Corporate Legal Counsel.
This will be done in-line with the CCASA Award of Professional Designations Policy.
CCASA’s Professional Designations are voluntary and those members or non-members who have no Professional Designation are still entitled to practice as in-house Corporate Legal Counsel in South Africa.
The four Professional Designations may only be awarded to members who:
No person may style himself or herself as holding any CCASA Professional Designation(s), unless they have formally been awarded the CCASA Professional Designation(s) by CCASA.
The award of the Professional Designation is for a period of twelve months. The re-award of the Professional Designation after that period is subject to the accredited person complying with CCASA’s requirements for Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
CCASA may revoke an accredited person’s Professional Designation if such person: