Membership and management

Legal Provident Fund has more than 400 participating employers. When an employer first decides to participate in the fund, the existing employees and directors have 12 months to exercise the option of whether or not to join. After this, for new employees and directors, membership is compulsory membership for partners is optional.


Legal Provident Fund is managed by a board of trustees. The trustees have a duty to act with due care, diligence and in good faith to the fund and to act in the best interests of the fund. They have to exercise a higher degree of care and diligence in managing the affairs of the fund than they would in managing their own affairs. It is vital that the trustees act impartially and take all reasonable steps to ensure that the interests of all members are protected at all times.

The current board is made up of the following trustees:

Andrew Stansfield (Chairman)
Attorneys Fidelity Fund
Tony Pillay
Law Society of South Africa
David Bekker
Cloete Neveling Inc.
Ilan Lax
Ilan Lax Attorneys
Gavin John
KwaZulu-Natal Law Society
Thinus Grobler
Law Society of the Northern Provinces
Adv Jacques Malan
General Council of the Bar
Adv Elias Phiyega
Polokwane Society of Advocates
Zanele Nkosi
Setshedi Makgale & Matlapeng
Jolly Mokorosi
Independent trustee
Hannine Drake
Independent trustee
Janine Player
Independent trustee

The fund also has an independent principal officer, Erika Nieuwoudt, whose duties are to assist the trustees in complying with both statutory and governance requirements.