Legal practice

Customer due diligence and risk management and compliance programme

In my previous article, ‘How FICA affects you and your legal practice’ 2019 (Oct) DR 6, I explored the requirements of the legal practitioner’s annual statement on trust accounts required […]

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The primary purpose of s 41 of the Attorneys Act is to protect the public

NW Civil Contractors CC v Anton Ramaano Inc and Another (SCA) (unreported case no 1076/2018 and 1024/2018, 14-10-2019) (Ponnan JA (Swain, Zondi, and Mocumie JJA and Dolamo AJA concurring)) In […]

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The case for a differentiated rate of payment of subscriptions by legal practitioners in SA to the LPC at the rate of 2% of taxable income (arising from the highest levels of income inequality in the world)

The Legal Practice Council (LPC) established in terms of ch 2 of the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014 (LPA), came into being on 1 November 2018 and is the […]

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Adapting to and adopting technology: Future proofing your law firm

In the article by Emmie de Kock ‘Are you building a law firm of the future?’ 2018 (May) DR 20, Ms de Kock highlighted some of the external factors and […]

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Notes on modulated legal drafting

By Muhammed Ahmed Mayat There are numerous distinct constituents to fine legal drafting, however, its singular nub is located squarely within utilitarianism’s ambit. Beneath the skilled craftsman’s calculated literary ornamentation […]

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How FICA affects you and your legal practice

All legal practitioners practising for their own account are required, in terms of s 84 of the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014, to hold a valid Fidelity Fund Certificate […]

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KPIs: What are they and how do we use them?

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are management measurement tools, values used to determine the state of the business and typically expressed as a number. The word metric is often used in […]

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The importance of the in-house compliance function in a law firm

This article aims, firstly, to highlight the importance of the broad compliance environment in which law firms – as business entities – operate and, secondly, to make the argument that […]

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The interpretation and application of s 7 of the Admission of Advocates Act does not of itself alone raise a constitutional issue

General Council of the Bar of South Africa v Jiba and Others 2019 (8) BCLR 919 (CC) In the case of the General Council of the Bar of South Africa […]

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Client expectations and the professional duties of a legal practitioner

It is trite that legal practice is a service industry. The clients to whom legal services are provided are important stakeholders for the legal practice. In engaging the services of […]

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