Archive 2023

BRICS Legal Forum Gallery 8 and 9 December 2023

The BRICS Legal Forum serves as an open, permanent platform for legal cooperation and professional exchange of ideas between lawyers of the BRICS countries as well as the promotion of […]

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There is a difference between the Law Society of South Africa and the Legal Practice Council

The Legal Practice Council (LPC) has been in existence for the past five years, yet there are still legal practitioners who do not know its function or the difference between […]

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Letters to the Editor – December 2023

  PO Box 36626, Menlo Park 0102  Docex 82, Pretoria   E-mail: derebus@derebus.org.za  Fax (012) 362 0969   Letters are not published under noms de plume. However, letters from practising attorneys […]

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Environmental and Climate Justice Committee meeting summary

By Kevin O’Reilly The Law Society of South Africa’s (LSSA) Environmental and Climate Justice Committee (the Committee) met on 8 November 2023 to discuss a number of issues within its […]

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Legal practitioners have a duty to change the environment and prevent state collapse

The National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference in October 2023. The AGM was kick started by the launch of NADEL’s digital magazine […]

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The BLA exists to change society

The Black Lawyers Association (BLA) held its gala dinner and Annual General Meeting (AGM), in Cape Town on 17 and 18 November 2023 under the theme, ‘Reflections on the five […]

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Firm structures: Division of tasks is not immunity from risks

Law firms commonly implement internal structures aimed at meeting their peculiar requirements. The structures may include rules for the admission of partners (directors in the case of incorporated firms) and […]

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The billable hour dilemma: Time to reconsider legal billing practices

By Nicholaas Smuts The legal profession has long relied on the billable hour as the standard method for charging clients. Lawyers meticulously track their working hours, and clients are subsequently […]

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Ponder before posting, as you may not have the right to be forgotten

There are two approaches that continue to define the global and South African media landscapes, namely, social media and citizen journalism. In its basic form, social media include platforms, such […]

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Decoding statutory interpretation: An in-depth analysis of the South African Constitutional Court

Pentimenti is a very interesting Italian term, often applied in the study of art where repented traces or sketches concealed by layers of paint soon reveal themselves (Douglas Oliveira Diniz […]

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