July 2021

LSSA submissions on legal fees

One of the functions of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA), in fulfilling its mandate of representing the attorneys’ profession, is to comment on legislation and policy documents that […]

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Risk management window dressing

The effective management of a legal practice is a holistic, multi-faceted exercise. A successful sustainable legal practice requires the constant application of a significant effort across all areas of the […]

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The importance of a trust audit and the value thereof for the legal practice

Legal practitioners hold a high level of trust with their clients and are perceived as trustworthy in the eyes of the public. They have and fulfil a fiduciary duty and […]

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Sars disputes – receiving an assessment is not the end of the road

Many taxpayers have now heeded the South African Revenue Service’s (Sars’) call to submit their 2020 tax returns, and some have received automatic assessments as a part of Sars’ new […]

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Data privacy laws in South Africa

By Peter Desmond In this information age, customer data is an important resource for any organisation. Due to the sensitive nature of personal information, organisations are required to take measures […]

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Can government mandate the COVID-19 vaccine against your will? A discussion on international human rights law

Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, asserted that a COVID-19 vaccine will be ‘as mandatory as you can possibly make it’ while South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, on the other hand […]

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Grandchild’s claim against grandparent’s estate: Weighing up child maintenance against freedom of testation

The case of Van Zyl NO v Getz NO [2020] 3 All SA 730 (SCA) presented a golden opportunity for the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) to provide the long-awaited […]

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Medical negligence and criminal responsibility – when the court infringes on a medical practitioner’s rights to a fair trial

The application for leave to appeal in S v Van der Walt 2020 (2) SACR 371 (CC) was served before the Constitutional Court (CC) against the judgment of the Mpumalanga […]

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Reconsidering a restorative justice approach in criminal court proceedings

I recently read an article by John Ndlovu titled ‘Compensation orders in criminal proceedings’ 2018 (Aug) DR 16. I share the views of the author insofar as compensation orders in […]

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Navigating the way to justice – a discussion on truth, justice and reconciliation

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Final Report in 2003 referred about 300 cases to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for investigation and prosecution. Nothing much happened until 2007 when […]

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