Practice Management

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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What is the ‘fees to cash conversion’ and why is it important?

Law firms are businesses, and all businesses rely on money to survive. Retail sales executives know all about sales conversion and managers eagerly track the metrics of a cash conversion […]

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Support services available to legal practitioners

Legal practitioners face multiple challenges and competing (over and above the sometimes conflicting) interests on a daily basis. If not appropriately managed, the process of balancing the various challenges and […]

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Handling of trust money – dealing with the obligations of a trust account legal practitioner

By Rampela Mokoena The promulgation of the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014 (the Act) and the subsequent South African Legal Practice Council Rules (the Rules) made under the authority […]

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Another six basic universal principles applicable to the conduct of a candidate legal practitioner

In a previous article ‘Five basic universal principles applicable in the conduct of a candidate attorney’ 2018 (Nov) DR 20, we looked at the first five universally applicable conduct principles. […]

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The implications of giving informal legal advice

It is not uncommon that, on an informal basis, a legal practitioner would be asked for a view on a legal matter that a particular person is facing with at […]

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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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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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Employment references: Practical guidelines to avoid delictual liability

By Martie Bloem The high unemployment rate in South Africa (SA) has the inevitable effect of high numbers of job applications in different employment sectors. The fact that there are […]

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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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