May 2021

People and Practices – May 2021

Compiled by Shireen Mahomed Stegmanns Inc in Pretoria has one promotion and two new appointments. Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr in Johannesburg has three new promotions in Johannesburg. Smit Sewgoolam Inc in […]

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What is the difference between the LSSA and the LPC?

I have written numerous editorials on the workings of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA), the relevance of the organisation and its value to legal practitioners (see box below). […]

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Letters to the editor – May 2021

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 who make their identities […]

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Ongoing cybercrime threats

The importance of cyber risk management for law firms has received increased international attention following on the widely covered data breach at the Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca & Co, […]

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The ethical duty of technology competence

The national lockdown accelerated the use of technology by legal practitioners in South Africa (SA). Legal practitioners were forced to work from home and to type and create their own […]

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The legal basis of a legal practitioner’s liability for negligence in execution of mandate

An adversarial system of dispute resolution, in which the parties at dispute present their cases and a neutral factfinder attempts to resolve the dispute based on the parties’ representations, naturally […]

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Arbitration in terms of s 12B of the Petroleum Products Amendment Act

By Deon M Pool The pursuit of power. How to get it, keep it, and use it, have been central questions of politics, business, military strategy, and human relationships for […]

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Limiting human rights during COVID-19 – is it only legitimate if it is proportional?

The normative standards in international human rights obligate governments to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of all people in their territory. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 […]

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Does subrogation constitute a new cause of action to be pleaded?

The doctrine of subrogation has boggled the minds of legal practitioners and judges alike for decades. Some argue that subrogation constitutes a new cause of action that must be pleaded […]

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Unlocking the door to reserve prices in sales of execution

On 22 December 2017, r 46A of the Uniform Rules of Court (Uniform Rules) was amended to provide, inter alia, for a discretion for courts to set a reserve price […]

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