About Michael Williams

Michael Williams was admitted to the Johannesburg Society of Advocates in December 2015. Prior to joining the bar he worked as an attorney at an international law firm in Johannesburg. Michael holds BA and Honours degrees from the University of Cape Town, and MA and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand. He has a general practice, with a preference for constitutional, administrative and commercial law.

High Court Reins In Contingency Fee Practices

The High Court in Johannesburg recently handed down judgment in Masango and Another v Road Accident Fund and Others[1], a case with important implications for lawyers who enter into contingency fee agreements. The Court’s primary finding was that VAT is not recoverable above the 25% cap imposed by the Contingency Fees Act 66 of 1997 (“the Contingency Fees Act”).[2]

The plaintiff’s attorney of record concluded a contingency fee agreement with the plaintiff. The agreement provided that if the […]