Legal practice

The importance of developing internal controls in legal practices

By Thomas Harban The statistics received from the Attorneys Fidelity Fund (the Fund) indicate that as at 31 May the Fund had 1 166 contingent claims on record with a […]

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Compensation orders in criminal proceedings

By John Ndlovu The Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (the CPA), as amended, makes provision for the award of compensation to victims of crime, who have suffered damages because […]

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Bringing advancing technology in litigation – time to explore electronic discovery

By Terry Harrison What exactly is Electronic Discovery (eDiscovery)? Why do we need it? Why should South Africa (SA) change its rules to incorporate it into the legal system? The […]

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Succession planning in law firms: Some points to ponder

By Thomas Harban Succession planning is important for every legal practitioner and in this article the Attorneys Indemnity Insurance Fund NPC (AIIF) will look at succession planning in the context […]

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Who is responsible for accounting records?

By the Practitioner Support Unit of the Attorneys Fidelity Fund More often than not, legal practitioners outsource their accounting duties to qualified accountants or bookkeepers. Reasons for the outsourcing will, […]

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Some red flag risk areas to keep a look out for in clients

By Thomas Harban A lot of focus is, correctly, placed on the internal processes that law firms can implement in order to avoid or mitigate risks. The legal services rendered […]

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Exposed through passing of journal entries?

By the Practitioner Support Unit of the Attorneys Fidelity Fund There are various definitions to what journals are, and for the purpose of this article, we will simplify the general […]

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Is your firm the type of entity it purports to be?

By Thomas Harban One of the decisions a legal practitioner will make – after deciding to open a practice – is what form the practice will take. They may decide […]

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Conflicting evidence of handwriting experts

By Jannie Bester Experts or so-called experts come in many guises, from handwriting analysts, signature analysts, document analysts, handwriting and signature experts, document experts, graphologists, grapho-analysts, etcetera. When starting the […]

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The impasse of reserved costs – the winning party does not take it all

By Beverly Shiells There seems to be a misconception among colleagues that the winning party is ultimately entitled to all costs incurred in an action or application and that such […]

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