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LexisNexis South Africa levels up with Global Security Certification
LexisNexis SA, provider of legal and compliance technology in the country, has enhanced its offerings to align with global standards through the acquisition of an ISO 27001 certification. 14 Dec 2023 Read more

LexisNexis South Africa and the SAC-IAWJ empower the next generation of legal professionals
LexisNexis South Africa is proud to play a part in shaping the future of the South African legal fraternity by awarding a grant to the SAC-IAWJ (South African Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges) Mentorship Programme for final-year law students. The grant, valued at, $18,500 (approximately R340,000) was awarded by the LexisNexis African Ancestry Network and LexisNexis Rule of Law Foundation in November. 13 Dec 2023 Read more

A remarkable Repeat: LexisNexis CEO clinches 2nd CEO of the Year Award for 2023
The CEO of LexisNexis South Africa Videsha Proothveerajh has been awarded the top accolade of CEO of the Year at the Future of HR Awards. This firmly cements Proothveerajh’s position as an outstanding leader in South African business, recognising her numerous contributions across organisational frameworks. This is Proothveerajh’s second CEO of the Year award, having clinched the title at the prestigious Sentech Africa Tech Week Awards earlier this year. 12 Dec 2023 Read more

A judge's view on the South African legal system
The South African judiciary continues to deal with an onerous workload, and diversity, and transformation challenges against a backdrop of continuous evolution in legal practice. 30 Nov 2023 Read more

A rallying call against financial malfeasance
Financial misdeeds, including money laundering, terrorist financing, or proliferation financing, have a crippling effect on nations. They gnaw at the very core of economic integrity and propagate distrust among citizens. It's a vicious cycle that South Africa is not immune to. 7 Nov 2023 Read more

The imperative of minimum wages and community service in South Africa's legal profession
South Africa's legal profession is at a new crossroads. The imminent amendments proposed by the Legal Practice Council are not just bureaucratic shifts but a call for a more egalitarian, just, and inclusive legal system. Central to this debate is the issue of a minimum wage for candidate legal practitioners. 7 Nov 2023 Read more

Balancing AI and human judgment: Ethical considerations in the legal profession
AI has made monumental leaps in the brief history of its existence, and it will only become increasingly more sophisticated and capable. In what researchers from Codex-The Stanford Centre for Legal Informatics called a watershed moment, GPT-4, passed the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), exceeding all prior large language model scores and scoring in the 90th percentile. AI has also been used for tasks through specifically trained legal software, streamlining processes like contract reviews, and providing legal AI chatbots to clients for quick and accessible legal advice. 13 Oct 2023 Read more

Eric Bonnet-Maes new CEO of LexisNexis (RELX Group) for Continental Europe, Middle East and Africa
Eric Bonnet-Maes joined LexisNexis France in 2007 as sales and operational marketing director before becoming chief operating officer from 2014. Since 2018, he led LexisNexis' Asia region, steering the development of Greater China, Japan, South Korea, India and Southeast Asia from Hong Kong. 15 Dec 2022 Read more

Compliance emerges as top business priority
Governance, risk and compliance - a crucial part of digital transformation. 7 Dec 2022 Read more

Social media vetting must be legal and ethical
Objectivity and fairness from employers is key when recruiting. 11 Nov 2022 Read more

New chief technology officer for LexisNexis SA
LexisNexis South Africa appoints Mukosi Mukwevho as its new chief technology officer, to drive the organisation's technical strategy and ambitious digital growth plans. 10 Oct 2022 Read more

LexisNexis SA partners with global Legal Technology & Innovation Institute for inaugural SA conference and bootcamp
LexisNexis South Africa is proud to announce its partnership with the London-based Legal Technology & Innovation Institute on its inaugural SA conference and bootcamp showcasing how legal technology and innovation transforms the legal sector. 29 Sep 2022 Read more

Putting the 'human' back into human resources
Innovative HR software solution frees up time to focus on the people issues that count 16 Sep 2022 Read more

The high cost of FICA non-compliance
Businesses face risk of big penalties and reputational damage when flouting rules to combat financial crimes 6 Sep 2022 Read more

LexisNexis SA CEO named leading woman in African tech
Videsha Proothveerajh scoops top award at Africa Tech Week Awards 2022. 5 Sep 2022 Read more

The 'new normal' in South Africa isn't as normal as elsewhere
Employee surveys critical to identify what workplace environment works best 5 Aug 2022 Read more

New digital solution helps embattled HR professionals stave off burn-out
Future-facing, bespoke HR toolkit manages employees in post-pandemic workplace 3 Aug 2022 Read more

Pandemics, civil unrest, floods: Managing staff in times of crisis
Employer guidance needed to deal with employee no-shows and workplace disruption 31 May 2022 Read more

New severe weather online portal gives free access to legislation and resources following catastrophic floods
Third public resource centre to be launched by LexisNexis South Africa 10 May 2022 Read more

Better tech means smarter and quicker decisions in the legal space
You will be hard-pressed to find a sector that is not grappling with the impact of technological intervention in their field. The first webinar in the State of the Legal Industry series from LexisNexis aimed to do just that, focusing on Legal in the Digital Age. The session hosted in partnership with the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) set out to explore critical shifts in the legal sector reflected in the Legal Tech Report 2021/2022, a joint research effort between LexisNexis and the LSSA. 29 Mar 2022 Read more

Cutting-edge estate administration now available
Despite estate planning and administration rising in prevalence as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and fears over mortality, data from the Master's Office, which administers the estates of deceased and insolvent people, indicates that 70% of South Africans still don't have a will in place. Very few are also aware of the numerous costs associated with winding up an estate. This makes estate administration a complex task, too often hampered by painstaking manual processes, administration and communication delays, and conflicting requirements. 18 Mar 2022 Read more

Tech sector gender parity - more tough questions needed
A quick glance at research on gender equality in the tech sector yields uncomfortable, but unsurprising results. According to the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report for 2021, women make up only 28% of graduates in engineering and 40% in computer science. 10 Mar 2022 Read more

SA legal tech giant adopts hybrid working model
LexisNexis workplace officially goes hybrid in March 2022 1 Mar 2022 Read more

Assessing the rule of law in Africa
LexisNexis and Africa Legal are proud to announce the launch of a ground-breaking new report which shines a light on the trends, barriers and aspirations for the rule of law across Africa. 11 Feb 2022 Read more

The need for greater transparency in compliance and procurement never more important
In a country plagued by high profile corruption cases and tender fraud, businesses now have a governance obligation to ensure their operations are completely ethical. It is often easier said than done and the consequences of failure can be dire, as evidenced by damaging testimony coming from the State Capture Commission. To create a culture of honesty and transparency, businesses now have no choice but to implement a comprehensive vetting process to ensure complete transparency and honesty in their dealings. 31 Jan 2022 Read more

Justice inspired: Rethinking our engagement
As part of their ongoing strategic partnership, LexisNexis South Africa and Africa Legal launched the Justice Inspired initiative that seeks to shine a spotlight on those members of Africa's legal community whose actions are genuinely impacting and enhancing the rule of law in Africa. 23 Nov 2021 Read more

Reimagine the future of advocate practice
The legal practice landscape has undergone a seismic shift, accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Technology is now permeating a profession long considered slow to embrace change, with virtual or remote working now a permanent reality for a growing number of legal professionals. 10 Nov 2021 Read more

Testing the rule of law proves its mettle
As part of their ongoing strategic partnership, LexisNexis South Africa and Africa Legal have launched the Justice Inspired initiative that seeks to shine a spotlight on those members of Africa's legal community whose actions are genuinely impacting and enhancing the rule of law in Africa. 8 Nov 2021 Read more

Justice inspired: Education is key
As part of their ongoing strategic partnership, LexisNexis South Africa and Africa Legal have launched the Justice Inspired initiative that seeks to shine a spotlight on those members of Africa's legal community whose actions are genuinely impacting and enhancing the rule of law in Africa. 29 Oct 2021 Read more

Maximise your billable hours with this legal first for SA
Time is money in the legal profession and there are better things to do with one's precious working hours than endlessly proofreading documents and checking legislation and case law references manually. 15 Oct 2021 Read more

Rebuilding South Africa together
LexisNexis supports local NGOs with global outreach campaign 7 Oct 2021 Read more

LexisNexis CEO recognised in 9th Gender Mainstreaming Awards
Videsha Proothveerajh, CEO and chairperson of the Board of legal technology company, LexisNexis South Africa, was named runner-up in the Inclusive Leader: Large National/Pan African or Multinational Company category of the 9th Gender Mainstreaming Southern Africa Awards, held in September 2021. 23 Sep 2021 Read more

ProBono.Org joins LexisNexis to support recovery and rebuilding
Small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) grappling with the impact of the recent devastating riots and looting in South Africa will be able to access free legal resources and a complimentary one-hour virtual consultation with an attorney. This is thanks to an initiative by legal technology company, LexisNexis South Africa, and NGO, ProBono.Org, which works with the private legal profession to provide pro bono legal services to the poor and vulnerable. 31 Aug 2021 Read more

LexisNexis announces partnership with SASLAW to advance labour law in SA
Legal technology company LexisNexis South Africa's drive to advance the rule of law took a major step forward with the announcement of a partnership with the South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW) in August 2021. 24 Aug 2021 Read more

LexisNexis and EALS partner in advancing the rule of law
Legal technology company, LexisNexis South Africa, and the East Africa Law Society (EALS) have kickstarted a strategic partnership to strengthen the advancement of the rule of law and good governance on the African continent. 10 Aug 2021 Read more

Guide to conveyancing and notarial practice releases
The Second Edition of The Practitioners' Guide to Conveyancing and Notarial Practice by Allen West is available from publisher, LexisNexis South Africa. The publication is aimed at the property and conveyancing market, including legal practitioners, students and estate agents, and provides comprehensive and up-to-date examination on the practice and procedure governing the registration of deeds and documents at the Deeds Registry. 5 Aug 2021 Read more

Rebuilding and the Rule of Law in aftermath of civil unrest
The civil unrest experienced in our country recently undermined the Rule of Law, inflicted damage on the economy and led to a deeply concerning loss of lives and livelihoods. 5 Aug 2021 Read more

Position yourself for success as a 21st century lawyer
It's no secret that technology is changing the face of law practice, particularly as millennials enter the workforce, bringing with them an increased reliance on technology and a desire for alternative work arrangements. 26 Jul 2021 Read more

IRMSA compliance now powered by LexisNexis
Legal technology company, LexisNexis South Africa, and the Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA) have commenced a strategic partnership which will see the recognised professional body for risk management in South Africa harnessing the power of LexisNexis solutions to manage its own risk and compliance profile. 20 Jul 2021 Read more

LexisNexis ignites interest in coding for Mandela Day
While Nelson Mandela International Day 2021 was observed at the end of a tumultuous week in South Africa, it still provided an ideal opportunity for South Africans to rally together to honour some of the philosophies that guided Madiba, such as a strong focus on education and empowering young people. 19 Jul 2021 Read more

LexisNexis appoints strategy executive to drive innovation
LexisNexis South Africa (LNSA) has appointed Nischal Harisunkar as strategy executive - a newly created role designed to ensure the company's success as a data-driven organisation, delivering innovative customer-centric solutions. 6 Jul 2021 Read more

LexisNexis and Africa Legal partner to advance the Rule of Law
Legal technology company LexisNexis South Africa has cemented a strategic partnership with professional platform Africa Legal aimed at advancing the Rule of Law in Africa and impacting the work of legal professionals across the continent. 17 Jun 2021 Read more

Embracing legal technology to stay ahead
"In a world where everything is changing, the biggest risk is standing still." 3 Jun 2021 Read more

LexisNexis lauded for gender empowerment and transformation
Legal technology company LexisNexis South Africa has been named as one of South Africa's Top Gender Empowered Companies in the Business Support Services sector of the Standard Bank Top Women Awards programme. 25 May 2021 Read more

Fica and KYC compliance for property professionals
The legislative obligations placed upon accountable institutions - including estate agents, legal practitioners and conveyancers - under the Financial Intelligence Centre Act (Fica) can be complex to navigate. And, with the accepted forms of identification and verification continuously changing, it is even more important to keep on top of increasingly stringent anti-money laundering (AML) controls and reporting mechanisms to the Finance Intelligence Centre. 22 Apr 2021 Read more

Flisp partnership answers property dreams
First-time home buyers in South Africa now have added support to get their foot on the first rung of the property ladder, thanks to a new partnership between legal technology company, LexisNexis South Africa, and conveyancing firm, MDW Inc. 20 Apr 2021 Read more

LexisNexis South Africa launches ERG Chapter
LexisNexis South Africa (LNSA), in partnership with global parent company, RELX Group, launched its Employee Resource Group (ERG) Chapter in South Africa on Tuesday, 13 April 2021, to drive the company's commitment to inclusion and diversity (I&D). 19 Apr 2021 Read more

Ignore eDiscovery at your peril
The proliferation of electronic documents makes electronic discovery imperative for the legal and corporate world, and mishandling such documents could spell danger for the success of your case. 7 Apr 2021 Read more

Experts to dissect eDiscovery
The changing landscape of legal discovery within an increasingly electronic world will be the focus of a virtual event on Tuesday, 30 March, featuring insights from renowned Judge Jody Kollapen and legal experts, Terry Harrison and Advocate Ismail Hussain SC. 24 Mar 2021 Read more

Impact of Covid-19 on call centres
With Covid-19 impacting daily life across the globe, contact centres have been facing a huge surge in incoming calls as people continue to seek accurate information and reassurance about the impact of the pandemic on their business or personal circumstances. 8 Mar 2021 Read more

Africa's first legal text on eDiscovery published
Hundreds of billions of emails are sent and received on a daily basis and it has been calculated that more than 97% of business documents are created electronically. In addition, the modern, digital world sees the average person produce thousands of digital records or electronically stored information (ESI) daily, ranging from computer generated content such as emails and their attachments, social media, cellphone data, digital audio or video recordings and more. 3 Mar 2021 Read more

Legal tech CEO shares 10 leadership tips for women
Women in Tech (WIT) Conversations is an all-women virtual forum launched recently to spark interaction and impart professional insights for the advancement of women in the South African tech space. 2 Mar 2021 Read more

Stay ahead of trends with unmatched legal intelligence
According to a host of industry pundits and legal technology experts globally, the year 2021 looks set to push the trends accelerated in 2020 even further, with artificial intelligence (AI), analytics and intelligent legal research among the big issues to watch. 22 Feb 2021 Read more

Women in Tech virtual forum to launch
Two technology giants have joined forces to introduce an all-women virtual forum that will bring women in the South African tech space together to learn from each other, share their challenges and empower a new breed of leaders in the industry. 15 Feb 2021 Read more

The presumption of innocence - illustrated: Navigating through complex layers of legal data to provide legal answers
Any discussion about presumptions in law would be incomplete without mentioning the presumption of innocence. It is a provision which enshrines rights inherent in the common law, and lies, as O'Regan J remarked in S v Coetzee and Others 1997 (4) BCLR 437 (CC), at the very "heart" of "our law relating to crime and punishment".1 26 Jan 2021 Read more

Move into growing areas of practice with powerful online resource
In April 2020 the Legal Practice Council recorded a profound and direct effect on the sustainability and viability of law practices in its assessment of the Covid-19 Lockdown on legal practitioners' practices.1 25 Jan 2021 Read more

Understanding and evaluating data in context
Conducting legal research can be tedious, monotonous and time-consuming, but performing timely and comprehensive legal research is critically important for lawyers. AI systems certainly aid lawyers by performing legal research on relevant case law and applicable statutes faster and more thoroughly than most lawyers may be able to do on their own. 25 Jan 2021 Read more

Get the GRC tools to face the challenges of business in the next normal
Risk professionals had an extremely productive, challenging and stressful 2020, with businesses across every sector requiring insight, input, key skills and tools to navigate the various alert levels and risks posed during the first stages of the Covid-19 pandemic. All this while continuing to remain compliant with regulations and legislative updates. 22 Jan 2021 Read more

November's free LexisNexis Case Law Index is now out - sign up here
The November index of the free, online LexisNexis Case Law repository is now available bringing you up to speed on some interesting precedent setting cases considered by South Africa's courts recently. 18 Jan 2021 Read more

Covid-19: An accelerant for inclusion in the workplace
As we embrace a new way of working, considering the perspectives and circumstances of your entire workforce - including people who might otherwise have been excluded or marginalised - has fast become one of the most crucial aspects of a company's survival in these trying times. 18 Jan 2021 Read more

Practical application of law is key for post-Covid success
In 2020 Forbes predicted that Covid-19 would turbocharge transformation of the legal industry, propelling law into the digital age and reshaping its landscape with widespread industry deployment of underutilised technological tools. 12 Jan 2021 Read more

Legal resource hub launched to fight GBV
A free-to-access information hub has been launched online for those seeking guidance and help regarding the complexities of the law around gender-based violence (GBV). 14 Dec 2020 Read more

Want year-end auditing success? Go digital
Businesses preparing for their 2020 fiscal year-end audits will need to enhance digital capabilities and embrace tools that enable virtual audit procedures and watertight due diligence as they navigate the uncertainties presented by Covid-19. Firms empowered by digital technologies will undoubtedly be better positioned to satisfy reporting requirements and remain compliant. 7 Dec 2020 Read more

Practical steps for the handling and presentation of evidence
The correct investigation, gathering and analysis of evidence is important for ensuring that justice is served and it is incumbent upon frontline law enforcement professionals to process and manage evidence correctly in order for it to hold up in court. 4 Dec 2020 Read more

October's free LexisNexis Case Law Index is available - sign up here
The October index of the free, online LexisNexis Case Law repository is now available and, once again, highlights some of the interesting precedent setting cases considered by South Africa's courts recently. 13 Nov 2020 Read more

Boost legal research skills with self-paced online course
The ability to conduct legal research is essential for legal professionals, regardless of area or type of practice. However, the most basic step of identifying the leading case governing the issues in question is complicated by the various online research offerings. 12 Nov 2020 Read more

Get to grips with AARTO with an online course from expert
South African road accidents and deaths cost the country in excess of R168bn, according to the Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula. Road traffic accidents are also the leading cause of death of young people aged between five and 29. Yet, despite a reduction in fatalities over the 2019 festive season period, we are nowhere close to achieving our goal, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals and echoed in the National Development Plan (NDP), of halving the deaths caused by accidents on our roads by 2020. 11 Nov 2020 Read more

Is your legal research evolving with these unprecedented times?
Legal research and case preparation ordinarily consume a large part of the legal practitioner's day and energy, because - as complicated and time-consuming as the process can be - there is no more effective way to strengthen an argument in court than with sound case and precedent referencing. The most basic step in legal research is to find the leading case governing the issues in question and then to begin building your argument around this. 9 Nov 2020 Read more

Clarity for taxpayers on tax dispute resolution
Taxpayers and businesses are under increased pressure as a result of the economic downturn and impact of Covid-19. On the flip side, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) is also under pressure to meet targets. A possible outcome of this double-sided scenario is, according to experts, the potential for an increased number of tax disputes in the near future, with SARS attempting to secure revenue and taxpayers wanting to reduce their tax burden. 3 Nov 2020 Read more

FinCEN leak highlights need for proactive KYC in AML processes
Financial sector due diligence and compliance with anti-money laundering regulations are back in the spotlight with the release of the FinCEN files in September 2020 - the latest in a string of leaks over the past five years that have exposed secret deals, money laundering and financial crime. 27 Oct 2020 Read more

12 ways digital signatures can aid businesses working remotely
While South Africa has moved to lower levels of its Covid-19 lockdown, the risk of renewed waves or surges of the pandemic over the next few months means that many businesses have chosen to maintain their virtual and remote working practices. And for those that have already returned to the workplace, non-pharmaceutical interventions such as social distancing still need to be observed in order to protect employees and clients. 19 Oct 2020 Read more

Tournament sparks learner interest in coding
More than 400 learners from over 80 schools across the country participated in a virtual tournament held from 19-26 September 2020 which used gamification to introduce them to basic coding concepts and social issues such as ocean conservation. 8 Oct 2020 Read more

Carbon tax title released just as filing season opens
The first period for filing of carbon tax returns opened on 1 October 2020, and will close on 29 October, at 3pm. During that limited timeframe, carbon taxpayers are required to file their initial tax returns, using SARS eFiling, and pay carbon tax liability for operating emissions of greenhouse gas between 1 June and 31 December 2019. 5 Oct 2020 Read more

Adopting new technologies to conduct legal research
Long late-night hours poring through old legal texts in a stately library setting, with attractive albeit dishevelled colleagues: the storyline of most legal sitcoms. But the reality for legal professionals is not quite so glamorous. Closer to the truth is many unbillable hours spent, mostly alone in a law library, or in the office surrounded by law journals and texts, searching for relevant cases and precedents. 29 Sep 2020 Read more

Case law insights advancing the rule of law
Understanding and reviewing Case Law is an important aspect of the administration of justice and upholding of the Rule of Law. The Rule of Law asserts that no person is above the law and that governmental authority needs to be legitimately exercised in accordance with written and publicly disclosed laws, which are adopted and enforced in accordance with established procedural steps that are referred to as due process. 28 Sep 2020 Read more

Halting of emergency procurement of PPE
The recent instruction by National Treasury to all government departments to halt the emergency procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) has once again highlighted the need for the urgent review and modernisation of the public procurement system. 23 Sep 2020 Read more

6 tips for easy PoPIA compliance
The South African Constitution enshrines the right to privacy, which the Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPIA) gives effect to, safeguarding personal information. PoPIA, which commenced on 1 July 2020, seeks to balance the right to privacy against other rights such as the right of access to and the free flow of information. 21 Sep 2020 Read more

PoPIA: Focus on consent and legitimate interest
Companies and business entities have been given a one-year period in which to comply with the legislated requirements of the Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPIA), as set out by President Cyril Ramaphosa in July this year. 7 Sep 2020 Read more

Mellony Ramalho appointed Sales and Marketing Director of LexisNexis SA
Legal technology company, LexisNexis South Africa, has announced the appointment of Mellony Ramalho to the position of Sales and Marketing Director. 3 Sep 2020 Read more

Register for free webinar to improve legal drafting skills
Despite being a core skill required by legal professionals, training in the drafting of clear and succinct pleadings is a scarce resource with many relying on precedents when required to draft documents. 25 Aug 2020 Read more

Advancing women is a task for all
The battle for gender equality, diversity and inclusivity should not only be fought by women and those directly impacted, but are issues that society as a whole needs to work together to address. According to the World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report 2020 there is a growing urgency for action, because at the present rate of change, we would be looking at nearly a century to achieve complete gender parity. 25 Aug 2020 Read more

Don't be penalised for Covid-19 non-compliance
A growing number of businesses are getting into hot water for not taking the necessary steps to minimise Covid-19 risk and exposure in their workplaces. 24 Aug 2020 Read more

Stay on the right side of Covid-19 regulations
As Covid-19 cases continue to rise sharply in South Africa, employers will be under increased pressure to ensure that their workers are operating under conditions of safety and protection. 21 Aug 2020 Read more

Updated Court Tariffs title now available
The concise and easy-to-use Court Tariffs, Fees, Jurisdictional Amounts and Rules 2019 will be available in November 2019. Renewed annually, the affordable title allows for quick access to the necessary information for the preparation of bills of costs and for attending to taxations. The compact nature of the title makes it easy to carry to court for quick reference. 21 Jan 2020 Read more

Tackle procurement fraud with vetting
Procurement fraud is a leading commercial risk and organisations must implement every possible preventative measure to ensure it does not impact the business. Described loosely, procurement fraud includes the acts of "dishonestly obtaining an advantage, avoiding an obligation or causing a loss to public property or various means during procurement process by persons involved in the procurement." 21 Jan 2020 Read more

Does your company follow a due diligence checklist?
Effective due diligence helps companies safeguard their interests and mitigate risks, whether in relation to anti-money laundering or anti-bribery compliance, M&A activity, supply chain transparency or overall business health. However, when due diligence efforts fall short, it can lead to criminal charges, fines, significant financial and reputational cost and other restrictions. With enforcement on the rise across all industries, you need a robust plan, especially when looking to acquire another business through either a sale, merger or other method. 21 Jan 2020 Read more

Checks and balances to avoid non-compliance
Choosing the right governance, risk and compliance system for your business 21 Jan 2020 Read more

Avoid rather than ignore risk of corruption scandals
Corporate corruption scandals are an organisation's worst nightmare, as the ensuing consequences are difficult to detach from once they have been uncovered. 21 Jan 2020 Read more

Tips for first-time buyers on choosing the right property
Purchasing your first home is an exciting adventure, but it can also be an extremely stressful one. There are so many aspects to consider when making such an important life choice. Budget - how much can you afford to pay? Which bank or financial institution - who should you approach for a home loan? Who will give you the best rates? Deposit - how much will you need upfront? Term of the loan - what can you afford monthly to limit the length of your bond and reduce the interest you pay but without compromising your current lifestyle standards? Location - where will be the best place for you to buy? 20 Dec 2019 Read more

How do I spot a scammer?
Using online payment tools has become the norm - for businesses of all sizes and across all industries. Yet, with cyber threats on the increase, unemployment on the rise and businesses hard-pressed to thrive in the current economic downturn, securing operational finances has become increasingly important. 20 Dec 2019 Read more

New title provides pharmacists and students with an in-depth understanding of pharmacy law
In addition to studying and understanding the nature and effect of drugs, their action, contraindication and performance, it is also necessary for pharmacists and pharmacy students to have a comprehensive understanding of the law as it applies to the dispensing of medicines. 20 Dec 2019 Read more

Essential reference to property law updated
Significant changes to South African property legislation make it necessary for legal practitioners specialising in this aspect of law to have access to the most up-to-date resources. 20 Dec 2019 Read more

Empowerment begins with equality
Gender diversity, inclusion and equality in the workplace are no longer just nice-to-haves. They are business imperatives. Research already shows them to be socio-economic imperatives, because where women and other minorities are empowered, societies are shown to become stronger and to achieve greater economic success. 17 Dec 2019 Read more

Enhanced skills for legal professionals lead to better outcomes
A newly released title is set to change the way legal professionals tackle the drafting of pleadings. Authored by former Judge of the High Court and Competition Appeal Court, Advocate Ismail Hussain SC, Practical Drafting Skills will be released by LexisNexis South Africa on 18 November 2019. 11 Dec 2019 Read more

Proothveerajh appointed LexisNexis MD
One of South Africa's leading women in technology, Videsha Proothveerajh, has been appointed as Managing Director of legal technology company, LexisNexis South Africa. She succeeds Billy Last, Managing Director for the last 26 years, who is retiring at the end of November 2019. 6 Dec 2019 Read more

Background screening - what to do and what not to do
Advice on the do's and don'ts of job hunting can be found in abundance online and while extremely pertinent for job seekers, there is great value in recruiters and hiring managers also understanding what they should or should not do during the recruitment process. 6 Dec 2019 Read more

Does your company follow a due diligence checklist?
Effective due diligence helps companies safeguard their interests and mitigate risks, whether in relation to anti-money laundering or anti-bribery compliance, M&A activity, supply chain transparency or overall business health. However, when due diligence efforts fall short, it can lead to criminal charges, fines, significant financial and reputational cost and other restrictions. With enforcement on the rise across all industries, you need a robust plan, especially when looking to acquire another business through either a sale, merger or other method. 28 Nov 2019 Read more

Separating fact from fiction on a CV
Can you really trust information declared on a CV as fact? The answer is a solid no! This is because embellished CV's are a dime a dozen and all it takes is a quick online search to prove just how prevalent this trend is among job applicants. 28 Nov 2019 Read more

The benefits of an ethical approach to procurement
Companies have come to realise the significance of having in place a strong ethical culture since the King Codes were released. The latest version of the code, King IV published in 2017, delivers stronger support of corporate ethics and the belief that legally compliant companies with sound principles and procedures enjoy a competitive edge over unethical companies. However, a competitive advantage is just one of the benefits as per the framework. 28 Nov 2019 Read more

The impact of technology on the conveyancing industry
The use of technology and innovation to enhance performance can have a positive impact on business growth. Embracing technological resources has become a necessity in the conveyancing sector, where relationship and service delivery are key, with referral business vital for sustaining market share. 26 Nov 2019 Read more

October outreach campaign benefits local NGOs
Throughout October, various charity organisations and NGOs across South Africa were the beneficiaries of the annual RE Cares Month, a global community outreach programme spearheaded by legal technology company, LexisNexis South Africa, through its international parent company, the RELX Group. Cares Day encourages RELX employees to play a positive role in their local communities and this year the common theme of the initiative in South Africa was to support organisations that make a difference by empowering women and children. 13 Nov 2019 Read more

Tackle procurement fraud with vetting
Procurement fraud is a leading commercial risk and organisations must implement every possible preventative measure to ensure it does not impact the business. Described loosely, procurement fraud includes the acts of "dishonestly obtaining an advantage, avoiding an obligation or causing a loss to public property or various means during procurement process by persons involved in the procurement." 6 Nov 2019 Read more

A decade of advancing electronic rates processes
Buying and selling property is a complex process made all the more complicated by the sheer volume of mandatory paperwork required to close the transaction. For 10 years, rates clearance management system, Lexis® RatesClearance, provided by LexisNexis South Africa's Business Software Solutions division, has facilitated the speedy and efficient turnaround of the critical rates clearance figures and certificates issued by the local municipality, through a simple and secure online user interface. 29 Oct 2019 Read more

Comprehensive guide now available to address expat tax
With the effective date of 1 March 2020 for the 'expat tax' drawing closer, South African expatriates, their employers and tax advisors have little time to come to grips with the impact that this tax policy and law change will have on them personally. This amendment will bring considerable change to the South African expatriate landscape and the complexities thereof demand a technically holistic and specialist approach, as well as a deeper understanding of practical issues surrounding internationally mobile employees. 18 Oct 2019 Read more

Another legal tech meetup to make Durban debut
Another major tech company has partnered with legal technology firm LexisNexis South Africa to facilitate its first-ever Durban meetup. In August the Elastic Durban Meetup made its debut focusing on open-source search and analytics and this month, on Wednesday, 23 October, Robotics Process Automation (RPA) specialist UiPath will be making a presentation on RPA and the role it plays in systems automation. 16 Oct 2019 Read more

Trek4Mandela benefits Eastern Cape school girls
Over 700 girls at two Eastern Cape schools will have a greater chance of staying in school to reach their full potential, thanks to the fundraising efforts of a local woman who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in their honour in August. 9 Oct 2019 Read more

Making lifestyle audits easy practice for business
The term "lifestyle audit" has fast become a hot topic. This following a pledge by President Ramaphosa and the recent announcements by Public Service Minister Senzo Mchunu, and Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille that the government will be conducting lifestyle audits on state employees and ministers. But what are lifestyle audits and what place, if any, do they have in the private sector? 9 Oct 2019 Read more

Small businesses need a proactive approach against financial crimes
Small businesses are as much at risk of financial crimes, such as money laundering, tax evasion, and terrorist financing activities, as their larger counterparts. The Financial Intelligence Centre Act 38 of 2001 (FICA) requires companies to comply or face serious consequences. 7 Oct 2019 Read more

Let lifestyle audits uncover employee risks
Lifestyle audits can be useful in determining if an employee's spending power is in line with their income, as any money or forms of extravagance that cannot be traced back to legitimate sources should be treated as red flags. 7 Oct 2019 Read more

Unpacking responsibility in terms of the Financial Intelligence Act
Financial crimes harm South Africans in many ways but fundamentally, they contribute to the depletion of funds and resources that should be put towards the country's development. 4 Oct 2019 Read more

Lexis MetroIQ a game-changer for municipal managers
The key role municipal managers and their staff play in maintaining an accurate and up-to-date database of all properties within municipal boundaries cannot be understated. Operational efficiencies throughout processes such as billing and collections and property transfers can only be achieved with a comprehensive and well-maintained property registry. 2 Oct 2019 Read more

How can companies better manage their GRC needs now and into the future?
Resilience, flexibility and adaptability are all buzzwords bandied about when referring to how businesses can hope to survive, if not thrive, in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and beyond. But the average organisation will continue to face unprecedented challenges, as digitisation of information, artificial intelligence (AI) and advances on the technology front, combine with tight economic conditions to constrain time and staff resources. 25 Sep 2019 Read more

Towards a greener and more sustainable business space
Societal expectation to act with greater environmental consciousness is increasing. Environmental matters are subject to rapid regulatory and legal developments and change, often becoming progressively stricter. 25 Sep 2019 Read more

Elasticsearch Meetup makes Durban debut
Around 50 tech and legal professionals gathered at the LexisNexis head office in Durban on 29 August for the first-ever Elastic Durban Meetup, hosted by open source search and analytics company, Elastic, and made possible through a collaboration between legal technology company, LexisNexis South Africa and enterprise search consultancy, Knowledge Focus. 11 Sep 2019 Read more

Credit and consumer protection titles less 20%
LexisNexis South Africa is running a special on two key titles in the credit and consumer protection domain. The National Credit Act Explained and Consumer Protection Law in South Africa Second Edition are currently available via the LexisNexis bookstore at a 10% discount. As an additional bonus to online customers, when purchasing the two titles together, a 20% discount will apply. 6 Sep 2019 Read more

Valuable supplier onboarding practices
Companies evolve and so do their needs. More often than not, third parties are essential for organisations to function and meet their own outputs. Introducing a supplier into the company's mix should, therefore, be treated as a new ball game simply because every supplier has its own unique selling points and set of challenges. Companies must have a solid understanding of their suppliers before onboarding them, as misinformation or lack of information can have significant impact on reputation and credibility in the long run. 5 Sep 2019 Read more

Hiring? Look out for sexual harassers
Sexual harassment in the workplace is not uncommon, as highlighted in a 2018 survey by Columnite Insites Consulting which surveyed 1000 South African employees. The review revealed that 30% of women and 18% of men indicated that they were victims of sexual harassment in the workplace and that these unwanted advances came from a workplace peer. With such startling results, there is a great need for employers to ensure they play a role in creating positive environments that limit opportunity for sexual harassment and other safety concerns. 29 Aug 2019 Read more

Entrepreneurs will need to be savvy to survive
According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor's (GEM) latest report for South Africa, entrepreneurial activity is at its highest level in over five years. The growing number of small to medium-sized enterprises continues to drive growth, combat unemployment and contribute towards the country's economic development. 27 Aug 2019 Read more

What if you miss something important in your case preparation?
Whether acting for or against an individual or an organisation, there are no second chances when presenting a case to a judge. Litigators need to be sure that they have prepared an effective and comprehensive case and that they have conducted their research with due diligence to ensure that they are representing their client in the best possible manner. 27 Aug 2019 Read more

Elasticsearch Meetup to make Durban debut
Durban tech and legal professionals can look forward to the first-ever Elastic Durban Meetup to be hosted by open source search and analytics company, Elastic, following the success of their popular events in Johannesburg since 2016. The gathering in Morningside, Durban on the evening of Thursday, 29 August, has been made possible through a collaboration between legal technology company, LexisNexis South Africa, and enterprise search consultancy, Knowledge Focus, which traditionally coordinates the Elasticsearch events. 27 Aug 2019 Read more

Women in tech closing gender gap at LexisNexis South Africa
South Africa's tech scene paints a bleak picture of gender inclusivity, with women representing only 13% of South African graduates in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. This is according to the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report. In addition, only 23% of tech jobs are held by women in South Africa, representing only 56,000 of 236,000 ICT (tech) roles. 21 Aug 2019 Read more

Speedy access to comprehensive data essential in fraud investigations
With fraud representing one of the biggest threats to business, how can organisations best protect themselves and what should they do on discovery of a suspected fraud? 16 Aug 2019 Read more

Being at the top of your game - Tips for estate agents
Rising property tax rates, water restrictions and increases in the cost of water and electricity, combined with high unemployment rates and uncertainty over land expropriation all make for a challenging sell for real estate agents. Yet, it is not impossible for property sales and rental agents to be at the top of their game in securing client loyalty, leases and sales if one factors in the reduction in the benchmark repo rate, the relaxation of FICA regulations, virtual reality property tools and access to on-the-go technology. 14 Aug 2019 Read more

Thuli Madonsela team summits Kili in aid of dignity for women
Two senior representatives of legal technology company, LexisNexis South Africa, summited Mount Kilimanjaro on Women's Day alongside Professor Thuli Madonsela, after a gruelling five-day journey to the top of Africa's highest peak. 14 Aug 2019 Read more

Legal aspects of financing corporates
Legal Aspects of Financing Corporates covers the gamut of legal and taxation implications concerning the financing of corporates and will be of great use to postgraduate students in commercial law, corporate advisors, lawyers, in-house counsel, financial institutions and SARS employees. 31 Jul 2019 Read more

Essential resource for trustees released
An essential resource for trustees of retirement funds, the Essentials of Retirement Fund Management includes commentary and legislation in a concise and informative style that will appeal to all tiers of trustees. Providing practical steps to achieving effective retirement planning, the title is the prescribed text for short courses on retirement funds and a quick reference for principal officers and professionals involved in the administration of retirement funds and other employee benefits. 31 Jul 2019 Read more

Applying a risk-based approach to procurement
The impact of fraud in procurement can be far reaching with many aspects of the business affected by such transactions. With the threat of reputational damage, legal non-compliance and potential financial losses remaining a possibility, it is critical that preventative measures are put in place to eliminate opportunities for fraudulent activities. Rudi Kruger, general manager of LexisNexis Data Services suggests that being aware of the risks that can pertain to employees and suppliers should be among the first steps in an organisation's risk-based approach to procurement. 31 Jul 2019 Read more

Keep trouble at bay with regular checks on third-party financial health
With increasing global focus on limiting illegal activities such as bribery, corruption, illicit proceeds, money laundering, terrorist financing and other financial crimes, the review of third-party financial health within due diligence is more critical than ever. 24 Jul 2019 Read more

Embracing Mandela Day spirit
Getting into the spirit of Mandela Day 2019 #ActionAgainstPoverty, over 600 staff members from LexisNexis South Africa's six regional offices put their hands to a variety of different projects in honour of our national hero, Nelson Mandela's birthday. 23 Jul 2019 Read more

Arming estate agents with the right information to value a property correctly
With the current trend in the residential property market favouring buyers over sellers, correct property valuation has become more of a priority for real estate agents, in their efforts to ensure a timeous sale. 17 Jul 2019 Read more

What to look for in a background screening provider
Employee background screening is highly valuable in the recruitment process as it assists with the identification of red flags such as criminal behaviour, unverified qualifications, fabricated experience and other CV embellishments. Its ability to deliver transparency is what recruiters need to make informed decisions during the hiring process, which is why the right support and tools are necessary, as is selecting the right service provider. 16 Jul 2019 Read more

Bringing e-learning to the conveyancing market
Registered SASSETA Assessor and national course facilitator for the Black Conveyancers Association Training Academy, Tasneem Kanjee, has developed an innovative solution for individuals wishing to gain skills - or upskill - in the area of conveyancing. Through Introduction to Conveyancing, an e-learning course offered by LexisNexis South Africa, Kanjee offers practical and targeted content to meet the needs of this multi-player sector. 16 Jul 2019 Read more

Sophisticated tools help track defaulters
The South African Reserve Bank Quarterly Bulletin for March 2019¹ reports that household debt increased at a faster pace in the fourth quarter of 2018, edging up to 72.7% as a percentage of nominal disposable income, and suggesting that South Africans are borrowing to sustain spending. This, coupled with the high unemployment rate of 27.6%² and the 3.2% contraction in the economy in the first quarter, has left South African businesses reeling in moral and literal bankruptcy - relying on debt collectors to help them recoup losses from struggling customers and other ailing businesses. 12 Jul 2019 Read more

Personal injury specialist attorney wins industry award
Pretoria-based attorney Gert Nel of independent law firm, Gert Nel Inc., recently scooped the 2018 LexisNexis Prize for Legal Practitioners for the best article by a practising attorney published in De Rebus, the official journey of the attorneys profession. 28 Jun 2019 Read more

Importance of researching and vetting third parties
Numerous risk management procedures can be employed in support of an organisation's best interest. However, few practices are as significant as due diligence. 27 Jun 2019 Read more

Changes to the regulatory landscape pave the way beyond elections
Legal professionals will need access to up-to-date legislation and case law to continue to serve the needs of their client base in 2019. Access to trustworthy and authoritative legal technology and resources will be indispensable in navigating the dynamic nature of the regulatory landscape. 25 Jun 2019 Read more

Reducing wasteful expenditure in the supply chain
The Auditor General of South Africa defines irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure (IFW) as 'expenditure that was made in vain and could have been avoided had reasonable care been taken'. In supply chain, wasteful expenditure occurs when hidden risks, particularly employees with conflicted interests or inappropriate suppliers, fly under the radar, thus enabling the mismanagement/abuse of buying power. 24 Jun 2019 Read more

Align corporate decisions with best practice, effortlessly
Lexis Nexis, in collaboration with many specialist legal practitioners, has compiled a useful, easy-to-navigate online tool called Lexis Practical Guidance. 14 Jun 2019 Read more

Steps to help recognise conflicts of interest
Sometimes procurement professionals can be caught with their hand in the cookie jar, mixing business with pleasure to the detriment of their employers. While the King IV Report on Corporate Governance guides the private sector and the Public Finance Management Act and the Municipal Finance Management Act guide the public sector against conflict of interest, many organisations find themselves having to deal with the consequences of these actions, whether known or unbeknown. 13 Jun 2019 Read more

Stay up to date on third-party key developments
The single biggest negative factor that could potentially arise from an organisation's relationship with its third-parties is risk. Serious risks that present lasting effects are usually commercial crimes including fraud, bribery, corruption and money-laundering, which is why external parties can't be taken at face value and blindly trusted. 13 Jun 2019 Read more

Scoring reputation
A new law and policy forecasting report unveiled at the two-day Legal Innovation and Tech Fest takes a fascinating look at the potential legal implications of our rapidly evolving "reputation economy", in which social standing is increasingly managed in the manner of a commodity or tradable currency. 13 Jun 2019 Read more

Celebrating 25 years as the leading reference on employee benefits
Despite the fact that contributing towards a retirement fund is compulsory for many employees in the private sector, there was a concerning decline in total contribution towards retirement funds recorded in 2018. According to the 2018 Sanlam Benchmark Survey these reverted to pre-2013 levels. Of equal concern is the expert opinion that in South Africa, 85% of retirees who leave employment will not be able to maintain their pre-retirement lifestyle. 13 Jun 2019 Read more

Facing off the GRC giant in the financial sector
The financial services sector is faced with a high level of regulatory and compliance requirements and finance executives are increasingly expected to master areas outside of their traditional skill set. These requirements are not static and - while the increase in demand and need for such compliance is an essential part of safe and effective service delivery to the public, private and consumer sectors - the issue remains that existing resources need to be stretched in order to maintain compliance. 11 Jun 2019 Read more

Staff safety lies in the hands of the business owner
It is universally acknowledged that a strong employee base is the foundation of any good business. For this reason, when introducing new hires into a company, the safety and productivity of existing staff should be top-of-mind. 10 Jun 2019 Read more

Book review by Sophie Robertson, BA LLB (UCT) of Amler's Precedents of Pleadings Ninth Edition, Judge Harms
Sophie Robertson BA LLB (UCT) is a legal associate at Exigent Group Limited in Cape Town and currently serves as the chairperson of the Cape Town Candidate Attorney Association. 30 May 2019 Read more

Confusion in the prescription of medical negligence claims?
For 10 yearsi it seemed as if the law relating to the commencement of the running of prescription in medical negligence matters was clear and settled. And indeed, it was by the decision in 2006, by the SCA in Truter v Deyselii ("Truter's case"). Then, 10 years later, came the case of Links v MEC Department of Health Northern Cape Provinceiii (Links' case), in the Constitutional Court. 28 May 2019 Read more

Legal Tech Meetups launched
An exciting new series of meetups has been launched for tech and legal experts to share thought leadership ideas on how to practically explore the sheer number of opportunities which legal technology enablement and new design thinking can bring to the industry. 28 May 2019 Read more

Best practice for supplier selection
Supplier services are essential in helping a business to function and reach its operational objectives. Considering their significance to the performance of a business, it is of utmost importance to work with the right suppliers. While there is usually a diverse pool of suppliers available in most industries, not all of them would serve in the best interest of your organisation, says Rudi Kruger, General Manager at LexisNexis Data Services. This is why being careful with supplier selection is wise. 28 May 2019 Read more

Professor Madonsela shares Rule of Law passion with Durban audience
Preparations for Professor Thuli Mandonsela's Trek4Mandela climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in August took a stride forward with her Masterclass on the Rule of Law in Durban on 17 May 2019. 20 May 2019 Read more

Throwing the book at qualification fraud
Considered a scourge in the job market, the act of CV fraud is the attempt of a job applicant to submit false information as fact. Qualification fraud, in particular, has featured significantly in media reports in the last few years as high-ranking individuals from the corporate and public sectors were found to have doctored their CVs to secure positions which they may not have been eligible for. 17 May 2019 Read more

Putting faith in background checks
Extensive reputational damage can be severe for any business. However, it is often forgotten that it is not only industry that can suffer from a hit to its public standing, but community and faith-based organisations as well. 14 May 2019 Read more

Are agreements in restraint of trade enforceable?
There is a common misconception amongst many members of the public, and indeed the legal profession, that agreements in restraint of trade are invalid and unenforceable. As a matter of fact, and law, nothing could be further from the truth. 14 May 2019 Read more

Practical guidance at your fingertips
Whether you're a business owner, an HR manager, an attorney, or a legal advisor, dealing with any legal issue effectively and efficiently often requires in-depth understanding. 10 May 2019 Read more

Before you sell, know the market value of your property
As a home owner looking to sell your home and wanting to realise the best value on your investment, the most useful starting point is to put yourself in the buyer's shoes, says Greg Brown, Director of Data Services at LexisNexis South Africa. 23 Apr 2019 Read more

Understand third-party risks when choosing partners and associates
Businesses and third parties share complex relations. While each will prioritise their own bottom line, they need each other in order to operate. But deciding to go into business with a company requires many background checks to ensure you are making a wise decision that will not put your company's reputation at risk. It is important to establish whether your potential business associate meets all corporate governance requirements and monitors supplier compliance within its own network. 16 Apr 2019 Read more

LexisNexis backs Trek4Mandela as headline sponsor
The Trek4Mandela expedition will once again see a group of intrepid adventurers taking on Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise funds and create awareness for the Caring4Girls menstrual hygiene programme. 12 Apr 2019 Read more

Help achieve a clean audit with supplier vetting
Is a clean audit possible for organisations at a time when corruption, fraud, dishonesty and non-compliance in procurement threaten to undermine the very foundations of an honest company? With so many risk areas to consider, it can be extremely challenging to keep procurement above board. However, the clean audit goal can still be met provided that internal controls are in place and strictly observed at all times, advised Rudi Kruger, General Manager at LexisNexis Data Services. 12 Apr 2019 Read more

Expertise in every step of the conveyancing process
In a highly competitive marketplace, the need for excellence in client service becomes a key differentiator. This is especially true for the real estate market, with client relationships being a driver for customer loyalty and referral business. Making use of technological enhancements created with the real estate industry in mind is an essential for greater success and advancement. 8 Apr 2019 Read more

UKZN law graduates hone skills at global company
Fourteen of the best young minds from the University of Kwazulu-Natal's Master of Laws (LLM) programme have put their qualifications to excellent use at LexisNexis South Africa, where they fine-tune some of the pioneering legal research tools on offer from this global company. 2 Apr 2019 Read more

Updated titles provide useful start for 2019 financial planning decisions
The new year brings new opportunities for success, but sound financial decisions require a big picture view and understanding of the South African financial planning and regulatory environment. Updated for 2019, LexisNexis Financial Services titles provide direct access to the most comprehensive and up-to-date content enabling decision making and recommendations to be made with complete confidence, supported with accurate information and calculations. 1 Apr 2019 Read more

Are background checks worth the added cost?
For some organisations, the act of screening potential hires is not a necessity. Often, the added cost and effort required for pre-screening serve as an understandable deterrent to business owners who would consider skipping the background check process altogether. However, when weighing up the risk, it can be costlier to the reputation of a business to forgo this step in the hiring procedure. 29 Mar 2019 Read more

The best practice when it comes to 'know your customer' KYC
Abiding by a host of regulatory requirements is an additional responsibility for businesses, many of which already face immense pressure to increase margins in tough economic times and improve customer satisfaction in competitive environments. Complying with the Know your Customer (KYC) principle within the Financial Intelligence Centre Act, 2001 (FICA) means that organisations are required to vet the identities of their customers/clients before or during the time they do business. This is required to ensure that clients are not involved in criminal and unscrupulous activities, which could significantly affect all that are associated with them. 29 Mar 2019 Read more

Using technology to ensure accurate property assessments
The City of Cape Town recently announced the opening of the 2018 General Valuation Roll (GV2018) for inspection. Cape Town property owners have until 29 March 2019 to submit in person objections and until the 30 April 2019 to submit objections via e-services or email. 29 Mar 2019 Read more

Keep up to date with the changing labour landscape
The South African labour landscape continues to shift with numerous changes to legislation effective 1 January 2019, requiring employers to bring themselves up to date to ensure compliance. 19 Mar 2019 Read more

Durban team in line to win Global Legal Hackathon
A team of Durban software developers is in the running for a prestigious global award following their first prize win earlier this month at the South African leg of the Global Legal Hackathon hosted and co-ordinated by international law firm Baker McKenzie and HiiL. The event is the largest legal hackathon in the world and aims to create a platform for the rapid development of technology-based solutions in the legal industry. 19 Mar 2019 Read more

Tech donation boosts first ADF Law Hub
A donation of tech resources from LexisNexis South Africa is set to aid the Attorneys Development Fund (ADF) in its vision of empowering deserving law firms to become self-sustainable. The organisation - which provides business resources, strategic mentorship and technical support, mainly to sole practitioner firms - is in the process of setting up its new Law Hub, which will be the first to see the light in SA. More Law Hubs will be rolled out nationally during the next year. 4 Mar 2019 Read more

When is a debt not a 'debt'?
Once upon a time, not too long ago, the word "debt"1 in the 1969 Prescription Act2 (the "Act") covered just about any obligation to do anything. That, in turn, meant that virtually any obligation to do anything,3 or to demand that another party do something, was susceptible to the exigencies of the relevant prescriptive period in the Act. The notion that a "debt" for the purposes of the Act covered a broad scope of legal obligations arose primarily from the pronouncement in Desai NO v Desai4 to the effect that: 21 Feb 2019 Read more

Employee screening is a must for reputable colleges
The beginning of the academic year has become synonymous with an abundance of recently matriculated students jostling for admittance into tertiary institutes across the country. As is often the case, a number of these students are unable to find placement at big-name universities and turn instead, to private and FET colleges. 19 Feb 2019 Read more

Determining asset ownership for litigation purposes
Determining what assets are owned by a defendant, prior to instituting legal action, is a necessary part of due diligence in litigation. Technology has revolutionised the way in which asset searches take place, resulting in time and cost savings. 5 Feb 2019 Read more

Disrupting data intelligence sourcing
Acknowledging that stakeholder inputs have an impact on business success requires that organisations gather information from both internal and external participants. This data provides valuable insights into trends, expectations and risks, enabling informed decision making and appropriate interventions. 1 Feb 2019 Read more

Stay up to date with the intricacies of South African tax law
2018 was again a year of change in the field of tax law. To assist tax professionals with the challenge of keeping up to date with the changes, LexisNexis publishes their trusted tax annuals, offering up-to-date legislation and expert insights into the South African tax laws. 15 Jan 2019 Read more

Meeting the needs of property stakeholders
The real estate market is a multi-faceted one that involves the teamwork of a range of stakeholders to complete the process of a property sale. From the estate agent, seller and purchaser to the mortgage originator, bank valuator, bond attorney, financial institutions and conveyancer, it is essential that all stakeholders have access to the most up-to-date information available relating to the property and its sale. 22 Nov 2018 Read more

Safeguard your hard-earned cash from fraudsters
As members of the public, and companies alike, turn increasingly to the virtual marketplace to supply many of their product requirements, so too has there been an increase in the incidence of consumers being defrauded. 21 Nov 2018 Read more

Transport legislation author urges transport companies to prepare for AARTO
October is Transport Month - focusing on the role transport plays in the economy, flagship projects and road safety - a fitting time to prepare for updates to legislation that will impact the lives of all drivers and transport company owners and operators - the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Bill. 23 Oct 2018 Read more

Instantly compare legislation at a specific 'Point in Time'
Viewing specific changes to legislation and keeping up to date with all the latest amendments can be a time-consuming and tedious process for legal practitioners, particularly when it involves following a multitude of hypertext links to search for historical versions of Principal Acts. 25 Sep 2018 Read more

Bridging the gap between what the law is and how to apply it
Emerging forces in the environment pose a variety of challenges for today's legal professionals. Attorneys and corporate counsel are expected to keep abreast of increased regulatory complexity in local and global jurisdictions, while clients are facing cost challenges and demanding more competitive pricing and efficient services. As legal information becomes easier to access, so alternative service providers such as legal consultants and legal outsourcing services can often provide similar service for less. 24 Aug 2018 Read more

Using technology to ensure accurate property assessments
The City of Cape Town Valuation Office is currently preparing the 2018 General Valuation Roll (GV2018) which will be published in February 2019. Used to finance and maintain the non-income generating services that benefit communities, such as traffic lights, maintenance and disaster services, parks and gardens, rates form part of the tax obligation that property owners are required to pay. 31 Jul 2018 Read more

Giant leap for Deeds Office with first electronically signed registration
In a historic development that could spell faster and more efficient conveyancing processes, the South African Deeds Office has registered its first electronically signed property transfer. 30 Jul 2018 Read more

Trends transforming governance
Holistic compliance protocols require a revolutionary approach to governance, risk and compliance (GRC). For GRC to be truly effective, businesses need to constantly revisit their processes and adapt to trends within the marketplace. Bosman Stramrood, ?General Manager: Lexis® GRC at LexisNexis, says there are several trends that are transforming governance, risk and compliance (GRC) in the market today. 22 Jun 2018 Read more

Using a trusted online legal source makes sense for small law firms
Small law firms need to be able to assist clients with the best legal advice on a disparate range of matters - irrespective of their specific area of specialisation or expertise. This requires access to a comprehensive legal library and up-to-date legal resources, enabling practitioners to conduct research as required. 12 Jun 2018 Read more

Medical Malpractice in South Africa
Following the trend in other countries, there has been a veritable explosion of medical negligence litigation in the past 10 years in South Africa. This has necessitated the publication of a comprehensive guide for both medical and legal practitioners. Dealing with the practical aspects of medical negligence litigation from a substantive, procedural and ethical point of view, Medical Malpractice in South Africa: A Guide for Medical and Legal Practitioners is published by LexisNexis South Africa. 9 May 2018 Read more

The (un)certainty of taxes: Is the 1 January 2019 implementation date for carbon tax possible?
One thing is certain in this context: anyone having to sign off on the Carbon Tax Bill has an unenviable job. Though everyone making submissions at the Carbon Tax Draft Bill public hearings held in mid-March appreciates the need for responsible climate change action, many argue that a carbon tax effective from 1 January 2019 and as currently framed, is achievable, but not necessarily the best mechanism.1 19 Apr 2018 Read more

Reliable solution available to contest municipal valuations
The announcement, by City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba, that 8,000 property owners will be receiving new notices for properties that appear to be over-valued was met with an increase in online property valuation requests, according to Greg Brown, director at LexisNexis South Africa. 5 Apr 2018 Read more

Become your own compliance champion
Compliance officers have the opportunity to position themselves as the essential business asset that they are, anchored not only by a strategic understanding of their business and its regulatory obligations, but also qualities such as adaptability and openness. This is especially necessary in our constantly changing regulatory environment, according to regulatory compliance author, Karmil Govender, of LexisNexis South Africa. 19 Mar 2018 Read more

Lexis Library Time Select equips small legal firms to turn time into money
Lexis® Library Time Select, the new 'pay as you go' research pricing package from pioneer content and technology service provider LexisNexis South Africa, will revolutionise the way small to medium legal enterprises in South Africa conduct research, giving them access to up-to-date and relevant legal content and increasing their billable hours exponentially. 2 Mar 2018 Read more

Get to grips with the law on strikes
Strike action is an area of labour law where the stakes are high. The Labour Relations Amendment Bill, 2017, published on 17 November 2017, attributes a misalignment between the law on strikes and action taken by parties during industrial action, as the root cause for protracted and often violent industrial action. In a specialist new book titled Strikes and the Law, a panel of expert authors addresses these challenges, while also suggesting possible solutions based on their combined expertise. 1 Feb 2018 Read more

Guide to conveyancing and notarial practice released
The Practitioners' Guide to Conveyancing and Notarial Practice is the latest new release from publisher LexisNexis Legal & Professional, a leading global provider of information and analytics. The publication, authoured by Allen West, is aimed at the property and conveyancing market including legal practitioners, students and estate agents and provides comprehensive and up-to-date examination on the practice and procedure governing the registration of deeds and documents at the Deeds Registry. 31 Jan 2018 Read more

LexisNexis South Africa takes top honours at National Business Awards
LexisNexis Legal & Professional, a leading global provider of information and analytics, saw its LexisNexis South Africa operation announced as winner of the prestigious Innovation through Technology award at the 15th annual National Business Awards, held on 16 November at Emperors Palace. The company was up against impressive contenders including runners-up AECOM, Sentech and Dell Computers. 21 Nov 2017 Read more

What are the legal implications of your company's social media use?
Reputations have been ruined on social media. Recently there has been an upsurge in the number of businesses, educational institutions, government officials and private citizens who have discovered, to their cost, that what they or their employees say online can have serious consequences. 19 Oct 2017 Read more

The millennial factor in corporate governance
When it comes to good corporate governance, “the power is no longer in the boardroom. It is in the smartphone.” This was the key takeaway from a recent compliance business breakfast, hosted by LexisNexis South Africa at its Durban head office, where guest speaker, Michael Judin emphasised the influence of the digital revolution on the King IV™ Report on Corporate Governance. 18 Aug 2017 Read more

LexisNexis supports new advocates with startup
Each year, newly qualified advocates from previously disadvantaged backgrounds are selected for a lucrative startup sponsorship from LexisNexis South Africa as part of the company's Advocate Advancement Programme (AAP). The programme has benefited around 200 recipients since inception five years ago, representing a total investment of over R10 million from LexisNexis. 1 Jun 2017 Read more

Take the law into your own hands with Lexis Mobile
Tax and legal professionals in need of convenient on-the-go access to their loose-leaf content now have the perfect solution in the form of the Lexis® Mobile smartphone application from LexisNexis South Africa. 5 May 2017 Read more

Updated guide offers practical do's and don'ts on competition for corporates
Antitrust and competition laws exist to encourage fair competition and ethical trade practices, yet - despite these laws - high-profile cases continue to emerge indicating collusive practices and cartel conduct. In addition, many corporates still grapple with the shifts introduced within the South African competition law framework by the Competition Act of 1999. 10 Apr 2017 Read more

Legal piece wins sought-after ‘best article' prize
Johannesburg attorney Dineo Peta's article on "The effect of the 'once empowered always empowered' rule on the mining industry" has won her the 2016 LexisNexis Prize for Legal Practitioners for the best article by a practising attorney published in leading legal journal, De Rebus. 7 Apr 2017 Read more

Mobile legal research is the future
Survey delivers insights into research trends 3 Apr 2017 Read more

What does the King IV mean for compliance officers?
The fourth edition of the King Report on Good Governance (King IV™), released late 2016, is the new benchmark for corporate governance in South Africa. Key changes in this fourth edition include fewer principles, clearer differentiation between principles, practices and outcomes, as well as the introduction of specific supplements for different sectors. 29 Mar 2017 Read more

Take the proactive approach against rapid compliance changes
Rapid changes in the regulatory environment as a result of growing pressure from civil society are leaving organisations struggling to keep up with compliance overload. 9 Mar 2017 Read more

The importance of updated citations in your argument
As complicated and time-consuming as legal research can be, there is no more effective way to strengthen an argument in court than with sound case and precedent referencing. Traditional legal research, conducted manually, presents many pitfalls and risks, according to Sumantha Reddy, Content Manager: Legal loose-leaf and Law Reports, from LexisNexis South Africa. 10 Feb 2017 Read more

Attorneys continue to embrace technology - LSSA survey
An increased appetite for online services, smarter use of technology, and the entrenchment of digital research, are just some of the continuing shifts among the attorneys' profession in South Africa. This is according to a new survey of close to 750 South African attorney firms, conducted by LexisNexis South Africa content and technology solutions provider in partnership with Law Society of South Africa. 9 Nov 2016 Read more

Acquisition delivers faster growth and enhanced customer benefits
November 2016 will mark one year since legal content and technology solutions provider LexisNexis South Africa (LNSA), part of RELX Group, acquired Korbitec, a leading provider of content-enabled workflow solutions for South African property professionals. The successful acquisition has significantly extended LexisNexis' reach into the conveyancing field, which is a critical component of the South African legal market where conveyancing firms represent 25% of the landscape. 2 Nov 2016 Read more

Local charities benefit from global community care drive
Various charity organisations and NGOs across South Africa are set to benefit from RE Cares, an annual global community programme spearheaded by leading content and technology solutions provider, LexisNexis South Africa, through its global parent company, the RELX Group. This is the first year that LexisNexis is also joined by its Korbitec division which it acquired in November 2015. 14 Oct 2016 Read more

How can online legal research save you time? Young lawyers share their insights
Legal careers are time sensitive and highly pressurised and that means there is little margin for error. As demands heighten, a new breed of legal professionals have come to recognise and appreciate the efficiency, simplicity and accuracy of online legal research. 5 Oct 2016 Read more

Legal guide released to tackle HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination
South Africa has over the years developed a progressive legal and policy framework to protect human rights for all people living with HIV and AIDS. However continued stigma and discrimination often remain barriers to accessing treatment and efforts to fight the epidemic must be accompanied by a solid commitment to respecting the human rights enshrined in our Constitution. 21 Jul 2016 Read more

Gauteng attorney's piece on 'Ukuthwala' earns top honours
"One of the fundamental ideals set out in the Preamble of the Constitution is the attainment of a society based on social justice. This ideal will remain a pipedream if the dehumanisation, sexist exploitation and suffering of black women and girls under patriarchal tyranny are allowed to continue under the guise of custom, in particular Ukuthwala." 14 Jun 2016 Read more

Mthatha legal eagles set to soar through transformation programmes
Eight historically disadvantaged Mthatha legal professionals have been recognised and rewarded with tools to grow their legal practices, while at the same time advancing transformation of the legal sector. 1 Jun 2016 Read more

LexisNexis and Webber Wentzel launch new legal app
LexisNexis has teamed up with African law firm, Webber Wentzel, to develop South Africa's first law firm app of its kind - tailor-made specifically for Webber Wentzel clients in the Technology Media and Telecommunications ('TMT') space. 4 May 2016 Read more

New advocates given a career boost
Assisting with the development of newly qualified advocates is the mandate of LexisNexis South Africa's annual Advocate Advancement Programme (AAP). This year, 52 advocates from previously disadvantaged backgrounds were sponsored with technology and legal resources as well as in-depth training to help them kick-start their legal careers. 11 Apr 2016 Read more

Non-compliance comes at great cost to SA businesses
South Africa is a highly regulated market which places an onerous burden on corporates to stay abreast of frequent changes in the regulatory landscape. Failure to comply could have costly consequences such as hefty fines and jail time, with boards and directors principally held accountable for non-compliance with applicable laws. 23 Mar 2016 Read more

New LexisNexis online store goes live
March saw the launch of LexisNexis South Africa's new online-store, giving customers easy access to LexisNexis products with updated features and a more user-friendly platform. In celebration of the new LexisNexis e-store, several launch special offers are available including a ten percent discount for existing e-store customers on their first purchase. 17 Mar 2016 Read more