Practice Notes

Common law right to claim interest

By Siyonwaba Mviko and Victor Mxolisi Mndebele Damages that flow from the failure to make payment timeously have recently been the subject of debates in the Supreme Court of Appeal […]

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Building client relationships

By Louis Rood Becoming your client’s trusted adviser does not happen overnight. It is a step-by-step process, and it can be an uphill battle. How do you go about climbing […]

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The correct interpretation of s 17(4)(c) of the Road Accident Fund Act 56 of 1996

By Ian Morris, George Schwalb and Gregory Whittaker The ruling by ­Griesel J in the matter of Sweatman v Road Accident Fund (WCC) (unreported case no 17258/11, 3-12-2013) (Griesel J) […]

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Controlling outcomes – project management

By Louis Rood Project management is a term most often associated with the construction industry, but it is a concept that can very effectively be applied to legal practice. What […]

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Should you specialise?

By Louis Rood To grow your legal practice and attract more lucrative work, do you try to expand the range of services you offer, or do you concentrate on becoming […]

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Practice development – Techniques and tips

By Louis Rood After action, satisfaction – client feedback When the time comes to close a file, there is one more thing to do. You have fulfilled your mandate, the […]

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Writing for the media

By Robert Gentle It is many lawyers’ dream to see their names printed in the byline of an article holding forth on some relevant topic and making a name for […]

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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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