Legal practice

The expert witness and the art of listening

By Elise Burns-Hoffman There is a striking moment during the café scene in the movie Before Sunset (www.youtube.com, accessed 1-11-2018) in which the leading actress Julie Delpy, playing the role […]

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Five basic universal principles applicable in the conduct of a candidate attorney

By Francois Terblanche There are many different cultures in South Africa (SA) and one cannot simply choose one culture as being the appropriate ‘one-size-necessarily-fits-all’ culture for the attorneys’ profession. This […]

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Ethics: Time to reassess legal ethics in the changing environment

By Thomas Harban ‘The sad truth is becoming more and more apparent; our profession has seen a steady decline by casting aside established traditions and canons of professional ethics that […]

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The value of continuing personal development of legal practitioners

By Joel Zinhumwe It is imperative to state that personal development is a personal responsibility. It takes an individual to cultivate a seed of self-driven goals and ambitions in order […]

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May the Bar Council interfere in the taxation of a party-and-party bill of costs?

By Cora van der Merwe Noseweek editor, Martin Welz, and Chaucer Publications (Pty) Ltd trading as Noseweek (the defendants) were sued for defamation in the Western Cape Division of the […]

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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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