Legal practice

Adequate and effective internal controls

By Simthandile Kholelwa Myemane The Rules formulated as per ss 95(1), 95(3) and 109(2) of the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014, and published on 28 July 2018, require of […]

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Trust account advocates – can they be admitted to the roll of notaries and conveyancers?

By Sydney Mosoane In terms of the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014 (LPA) both advocates and attorneys are referred to as legal practitioners. For the purposes of this article, […]

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The risks affecting the sustainability and viability of law firms

By Thomas Harban Many legal practitioners indicate that they face a constant struggle to survive economically in practice. There are a multitude of reasons for the challenges faced by these […]

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Court bundles – how to prepare them properly

By Amarentiea Pienaar The purpose of this article is not to list specific examples of different court bundles and their indexes, but to list general guidelines on how to prepare […]

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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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