Practice Management

Is your client a ticking bomb?

By Ann Bertelsmann Ms Viljoen (V) owned a boutique in a large shopping mall. She alleged that her landlord had wrongfully evicted her from the premises, causing her to lose […]

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Do you know whose money it was?

By the Financial Forensic Investigation Team of the Attorneys Fidelity Fund Clients from time to time entrust their money and/or property to practitioners for future payments on their instructions to […]

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While the cat is away…

By Ann Bertelsmann Businessdictionary.com succinctly defines it as ‘monitoring and regulating of processes, or delegated activities, responsibilities, or tasks’ (www.businessdictionary.com, accessed 28-11-2014). In this article, I limit the discussion to […]

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Interest earned on trust current banking accounts: To be paid over monthly

By Andrew Stansfield and Robert Burawundi This article is intended to be a comprehensive reference document. Please retain it as part of the accounting process documents relating to your practice. […]

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How do you make your money?

By the Forensic Investigation Team of the Attorneys Fidelity Fund As part of remaining transparent and accountable to their clients, practitioners are required by their rules to account to their […]

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Scam fraudsters: Beware

By Ann Bertelsmann As a professional indemnity insurer to the profession, the Attorneys Insurance Indemnity Fund is notified of many and varied instances of fraud perpetrated against attorneys by outsiders […]

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Can you trust your client’s memory? (Or will anyone trust yours?)

By Ann Bertelsmann Looking at many claims reported to the Attorneys Insurance Indemnity Fund (AIIF) my answer would be ‘no’ to both the above questions. In fact, most practitioners could […]

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Accounting to clients: How transparent are you?

By the Forensic Investigation Team of the Attorneys Fidelity Fund In terms of the rules of the various law societies, there is a requirement on the part of all practitioners […]

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Law firm leadership

By Louis Rood To be successful, all law firms need to be well managed. The functions and responsibilities of a managing partner or an executive management committee derive not only […]

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A PI claim’s waiting to happen

By Ann Bertelsmann Leading on from the article in this column in 2014 (May) DR 23 ‘Is your firm at risk for claims by clients or third parties?’– this discussion […]

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