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SOUTH AFRICA

#YouthMonth: Remember the past, act in the present, improve the future
#YouthMonth: Remember the past, act in the present, improve the future

In celebration of Youth Month, we chatted to candidate attorney at Webber Wentzel, Luntu Quntana, who was "born in East London, bred in Johannesburg and now currently being buttered in Cape Town" about what Youth Day means to him and the changes he would like to see for future generations...

By Shan Radcliffe 21 Jun 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

SA legal information platforms wins HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge
SA legal information platforms wins HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge

Legal information platform Baobob.law has been named winner of the Southern African leg of the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) Innovating Justice Challenge...

By Tom Jackson 17 Sep 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

HiiL announces Southern Africa Innovating Justice Challenge finalists
HiiL announces Southern Africa Innovating Justice Challenge finalists

The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) has announced the Southern African finalists for its annual Innovating Justice Challenge...

By Tom Jackson 18 Jul 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Webber Wentzel launches legal incubation programme in SA
Webber Wentzel launches legal incubation programme in SA

Legal firm Webber Wentzel has launched Webber Wentzel Ignite, a legal incubation programme for entrepreneurs, in South Africa...

By Tom Jackson 11 Dec 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

#EntrepreneurMonth: A cat, a tailor and an entrepreneur walk into a bar exam...
#EntrepreneurMonth: A cat, a tailor and an entrepreneur walk into a bar exam...

What do 18th century tailors, cats and the 21st century legal industry have to do with local entrepreneurship? Graeme Wilson, CEO of Whipping the Cat, makes the connection for us...

By Shan Radcliffe 19 Oct 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

#InnovationMonth: Fast-developing world of innovation in law
#InnovationMonth: Fast-developing world of innovation in law

Although not typically known as an innovative sector, the legal industry is rapidly embracing technology and the advances and ease of access it can offer...

By Shan Radcliffe 30 Sep 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

#InnovationMonth: How startups are disrupting delivery of African legal services
#InnovationMonth: How startups are disrupting delivery of African legal services

Having quantifiable, measurable, and verifiable data about justice needs and challenges is essential for the legal profession to move into the 21st century...

By Tom Jackson 22 Sep 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

#WomensMonth: Dealing with dual roles and double standards
#WomensMonth: Dealing with dual roles and double standards

This Women's Month, Pranitha Ramdial talks to us about the challenges women in the legal industry (and the working world, in general) face, and reminds us to keep fighting to make a difference...

By Shan Radcliffe 31 Aug 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

Boris Dzhingarov
Business mistakes too many law firms make

Being a really good attorney does not mean that you are a highly talented businessman or entrepreneur. This is something that is really important to understand since there is a pretty large number of law firms that end up bankrupt...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 16 Aug 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

#CSIMonth: Pro bono services - not just another tick-box
#CSIMonth: Pro bono services - not just another tick-box

Although every attorney is obligated to provide 24 hours of free legal work per year, some firms take a special interest in the pro bono services they offer and go so far as to establish a dedicated department, headed up by a team of specialists. Webber Wentzel is one such firm...

By Shan Radcliffe 25 Jul 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

#CSIMonth: Making society a better place for ordinary people
#CSIMonth: Making society a better place for ordinary people

Odette Geldenhuys has dedicated her career to assisting those less fortunate, fighting for the rights of those who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford to have their voices heard...

By Shan Radcliffe 18 Jul 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

Boris Dzhingarov
How are law firms making money as businesses?

Countless law firms ended up bankrupt because of various different problems. In most cases there are not enough clients to make the firm profitable...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 3 May 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

Boris Dzhingarov
How self-marketing influences success in law practices

What sets most lawyers apart from each other is not necessarily their ability to use their knowledge of the law to win cases for their clients, but the quality or lack of it when it comes to self-marketing...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 30 Mar 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

Boris Dzhingarov
What marketing techniques work best for law firms?

As you would expect, there are many marketing strategies that could be used with law firms. However, some will be a lot better than others...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 15 Feb 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

Boris Dzhingarov
How to successfully sell legal technology to lawyers

There are four reasons that legal technology providers have been unable to sustainably market their services to attorneys...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 20 Sep 2016

SOUTH AFRICA

Winners of the 2016 African Legal Awards
Winners of the 2016 African Legal Awards

The 2016 African Legal Awards were held at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg on Friday, 9 September 2016...

By Shan Radcliffe 12 Sep 2016

SOUTH AFRICA

Boris Dzhingarov
Five funding options for plaintiffs strapped for cash

Oftentimes, prospective plaintiffs will have an airtight case, but they're put in a compromising position that prevents them from being able to follow through with the proceedings...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 27 Jul 2016

SOUTH AFRICA

Boris Dzhingarov
Primary factors that influence paralegal salaries

If you take a look at the paralegal salaries that different professionals have in different parts of the world, you will notice that the variations can be quite high...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 5 Apr 2016

SOUTH AFRICA

Who should run the courts?
Who should run the courts?

Lady Justice is supposed to be blind, but the wheels of justice still need to turn smoothly and she still needs to pay the bills...

By Nicci Botha 2 Nov 2015

SOUTH AFRICA

Five must-haves to ensure legal compliance

With regular legislative updates, as well as the financial implications of non-compliance, it is increasingly important for companies to implement a solid compliance management system throughout the organisation...

By Greg Brown 25 Jun 2015

SOUTH AFRICA

Anton Harber
Pistorius trial tells us a lot about our society

We have seen one style of cross-examination at the Oscar Pistorius trial: the pit-bull approach. It is tough and brutal...

By Anton Harber 25 Apr 2014

SOUTH AFRICA

Sid Peimer
Is this one way Oscar Pistorius will get off?

There are a number of high-profile trials, notably the OJ Simpson one, which captured the imagination of the world - only for the accused to evade punishment.

By Sid Peimer 19 Mar 2014

MAURITIUS

International arbitration in Mauritius
International arbitration in Mauritius

Arbitration has been firmly established in Mauritius since the Constitution of 1791 and the island has travelled a long way since then. The Mauritian jurisdiction is now moving ahead to establish itself as a jurisdiction of choice for international arbitration. The island is a logical choice as it is a safe, stable and democratic jurisdiction where the Rule of Law prevails with regular democratic elections entrenching the separation of powers. Mauritius has also in the last twenty years developed into an international financial centre attracting international business and finance to its shores. It is a corollary of any decent international financial centre to provide to the investors, shareholders and business entities using it, for ways and means to settle their disputes when the latter arise.

By Marc Hein 23 Jan 2014

SOUTH AFRICA

Things your lawyer is too polite to tell you
Things your lawyer is too polite to tell you

Good communication is the basis of any good relationship - we all know that. But honesty can be awkward, and so most people avoid difficult conversations, often in the name of politeness.

By Jody Doyle 30 Oct 2013

SOUTH AFRICA

Prof Owen Dean
Confessions of a privileged lawyer

I have a confession to make. I plead guilty as charged. I admit that I am a white male establishment lawyer. I practised for 35 years as a partner of a prominent attorneys firm specialising in the field of intellectual property law (IP). Thereafter, upon retirement, I became a professor of IP Law.

By Prof Owen Dean 3 Aug 2013

SOUTH AFRICA

Marius Potgieter
The proper approach to the interpretation of documents

Natal Joint Municipal Pension Fund v Endumeni Municipality 2012 (4) SA 593 (SCA) is one of the most important recent judgements regarding the interpretation of documents.

By Marius Potgieter 29 Jul 2013

SOUTH AFRICA

Eugene Bester
Silk: traditional gowns, a status symbol or a bad thing

During the course of last year a certain practising advocate of the Johannesburg Society of Advocates brought an application in the North Gauteng High Court challenging the president of the republic's authorisation to confer the status of senior counsel (also known as Silks) on practising advocates.

By Eugene Bester 26 Jul 2013

SOUTH AFRICA

Ashley Curran
Mediate before you litigate

The "fighting it out in court" and "don't speak to me, speak to my attorney" approach has dominated the civil justice system for decades; however things are about to change significantly.

By Ashley Curran 14 Jun 2013

SOUTH AFRICA

Prof Owen Dean
Breaking with tradition

As will be apparent from perusing the articles posted on the IPSTELL blog indicated by the keywords "traditional knowledge", The Vine Oracle (the voice of the Stellenbosch Chair of Intellectual Property) has been forthright in its criticism and condemnation of the Department of Trade and Industry's Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill.

By Prof Owen Dean 12 Dec 2012

SOUTH AFRICA

Prof Owen Dean
A new tradition in legislating

The South African government has created a new tradition in drafting and processing legislation through parliament. This tradition manifests itself in the drafting of half-baked legislation with little or no regard to the provisions of the constitution and then fighting a huge public outcry against the legislation on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.

By Prof Owen Dean 4 Oct 2012

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