Practice Notes

State Liability Amendment Act – Process of attachment

By Mabitsela Elijah Ramonyai In terms of s 3 (2) of the State Liability Amendment Act 14 of 2011 (SLAA),  that came into operation on 30 August 2011, the state […]

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The efforts standards – How hard should you try?

By Michele van Eck The purpose of commercial contracts is to record the obligations of one party in relation to another. These obligations should be set out with some level […]

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1+1=3: A brief overview of merger requirements

By Wikus Steyl One plus one makes three: That is the special alchemy of a merger or an acquisition. For many attorneys, mer­gers and acquisitions might seem like a branch […]

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Nothing plain about plain drafting

By Caryn Gootkin As a profession, one of the stereotypes that plague attorneys is the tendency to wear legalese as a suit of armour. Many believe attorneys use words as […]

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Cloud storage and file synchronisation for attorneys

By Anthony Pillay At its broadest level, cloud computing is the provision of computing as a service over a network, typically the internet. Cloud data storage is the access of […]

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Conveyancing scam

By Ann Bertelsmann The Attorneys Insurance Indemnity Fund (AIIF) started receiving notifications from conveyancers about a particular conveyancing related scam at the beginning of 2012. Since then, we have been […]

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Must-have apps for iPads and other devices

By Roy Bregman I have found the following applications (apps) indispensable in my practice. They can be downloaded via the iTunes store or the internet and can be used on […]

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Checklist for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal

By Sechaba Mohapi It is trite that an automatic right to appeal no longer exists, especially in the High Courts. The current legal position is that parties wishing to appeal […]

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Guidelines for writing in plain language

By Michele van Eck Writing in plain language means using language that is clear, effective and understandable to the reader. It is understood by the reader the first time around […]

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Registration of customary marriages still creates confusion

By Nomfundo Manyathi Customary marriages became legally recognised and protected in South Africa when the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act 120 of 1998 (the Act) came into force in November […]

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