At the recent African Legal Awards ceremony, Maluks’ Chairman, Joseph Maluleke was recognised as a Highly Commended Partner of the Year (Male) by the peer-review committee.


In his current role, Joseph oversees a thriving and ambitious multi-million rand legal practice in the eight short months since its founding. Maluleke has enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks of South Africa’s corporate legal fraternity; he graduated with an LLB from the University of Pretoria in 2001, and by 2007 was tapped to lead one of the country’s oldest corporate and commercial law firms – a role he commanded until 2019 when he resigned as Executive Chairman and Equity Partner – and propelled his dogged energy and ambition toward the establishment of Maluks Attorneys in June of the same year.


Indeed, Maluks Attorney’s epic transition into a respected adversary to some of South Africa’s more established and storied law firms is thanks to Joseph’s heavy investment in the principles of knowledge acquisition and participation in communities of practice. This is none more evident than in his work in the field of Tax Law. After being admitted as an attorney in 2004, Joseph completed a Higher Diploma in Tax Law from the University of Johannesburg and immediately threw himself into understanding the processes and role players in tax matters.


Maluleke’s tax law experience saw him appointed as Chairman of the Tax Board, presiding over tax disputes between taxpayers and the South African Revenue Service (SARS). To this end, in 2015 he was invited by the Judge President of the Gauteng Division of the High Court to the judiciary as Acting Judge of the High Court – a position he continues to carry out, as and when required. In 2019, Joseph acted as, and presided over the Tax Court as its President. The Tax Court is a specialist division of the High Court of South Africa, dealing with Tax Appeals between SARS and the country’s taxpayers.


South Africa’s lawmakers now regularly include Joseph on consultative panels in the drafting of legislation. He has co-drafted the Community Schemes Ombuds Service Act, the Sectional Titles Management Act, and advises government in policy research and development.


Joseph’s legal acumen and achievements, combined with his excellent networking and business development skills, has meant that he is often asked to deliver seminars to his own clients and at various professional association meetings – including LEAD, the continued education arm of the Legal Practice Council (LPC), and numerous other legal and corporate governance forums.