LSSA News update – July 2020

July 16th, 2020
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By Nomfundo Jele

Conveyancing Fees Guidelines

The latest Conveyancing Fees Guidelines in respect of conventional deeds and sectional titles are available on the Law Society of South Africa’s website. These include guidelines for the interprovincial apportionment of fees, wasted costs and transactions in terms of the Alienation of Land Act 68 of 1981. The guidelines are applicable to instructions received on or after 1 July 2020.

Click here to download the guidelines.

 

Road Accident Fund Regulations

The medical tariff provided for in subs 17(4B)(b) of the Road Accident Fund Act 56 of 1996 has been increased by 5% as from 1 April. View the notice on the tariff adjustment in BN70 GG43495/3-7-2020 on the LSSA website.

 

Cybersecurity guidelines for law firms during the COVID-19 crisis

Due to the increase in the number of cyberattacks (such as ransomware) on law firms globally during the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Bar Association (IBA) has published cybersecurity guidelines, which serve to equip and empower law firms and lawyers to protect themselves from such online virus threats, attacks and data breaches.

Click here to read the guideline.

Click here to download the LSSA guideline on information security published in 2018.

 

Survey for young lawyers

The Legal Policy and Research Unit, on behalf of the International Bar Association’s (IBA’s) Young Lawyers Committee, is conducting a global survey to gather data about the collective interests, priorities and concerns of young lawyers (those aged 40 and under) and to use this data, and any trends that may appear, to generate dialogue between young lawyers and the current leaders of the legal profession, and encourage positive changes where necessary. The IBA hopes to produce a publication at the conclusion of the survey, depending on the trends that may appear.

Click here to partake in the survey.

 

Webinars on demand

The International Bar Association (IBA) is hosting free webinars covering multiple practice areas and highly topical content. Legal practitioners are able to register for any forthcoming webinar or view any recorded webinars for free. The IBA webinar series provides updates on international developments in areas of practice from tax to energy to antitrust from leading global practitioners. They also help law firms navigate the issues facing them in the current COVID-19 crisis.

Click here to register for upcoming webinars or to view previous ones.

 

Follow the LSSA on social media

The LSSA endeavours to keep you abreast of the latest news and directives at all times via our social media platforms. Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for the latest information.

Nomfundo Jele, Acting Communications Manager, Law Society of South Africa, nomfundom@lssa.org.za