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Sabinet Announces the Launch of Its New Governance Platform

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:18

sabinetSabinet in association with Standards & Legal is excited to announce the launch of its new Legal Registers platform, this useful and easy-to-use software will take the hassle out of managing your company’s sustainability and legal compliance. The official launch date for the Legal Registers platform is on the 1st of April 2015.


New leaders for the attorneys’ profession: Mabunda and Scott Elected ss Co-Chairpersons of the Law Society of South Africa

Monday, 30 March 2015 20:12

busani mabunda and richard scottJohannesburg attorney and Black Lawyers Association President Busani Mabunda and Pietermaritzburg attorney Richard Scott have been elected as Co-Chairpersons of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA).


A vicious Android bug can make calls, send messages, and take photos all while your phone is off

Monday, 30 March 2015 14:05

android malwareA sinister new bug hitting Android devices is capable of making calls, sending messages, and taking pictures, all while the phone appears to be off. According to Digital forensics company Rick Crouch & Associates, the malware—called PowerOffHijack—presents a fake dialogue box that prompts the user to shut down when the power button is pressed.


Identify unknown numbers before you answer

Monday, 30 March 2015 17:40

truecaller"Android users now can be browsing anywhere on their phone, copy a phone number, and Truecaller will instantly try to identify the number and give easy access to calling or texting.


Legal Billing Rule #8: Predicting Your Future Income

Monday, 23 March 2015 12:12

Legal billing rule 7 cash flowGetting your bills out regularly and on-time is the most important tool you have in predicting your future income. Knowing how much money is going to come in the door (and how much is going out) during any particular time is a fundamental concern of any business. Your accountant might call this “understanding your cash flow.” If you don’t have a good handle on your cash flow, you’re asking for – at best – a lot of extra stress.


Accident Attorneys Should Leave No Phone Unturned in 2015

Monday, 23 March 2015 13:16

accident attorneys need to focus on cell phones for evidenceEarlier this year, the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) released their 2015 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements. Topping the list was the need to do more about the growing problem of electronically distracted drivers. It's a problem that can certainly have deadly consequence.


Paralegal Practitioner online short course

Monday, 23 March 2015 16:20

getsmarter paralegal course 2015Paralegals, also known as legal assistants or secretaries, fill an essential role in the South African legal system. Those hoping to enter this fast-growing profession need to have a combination of relevant industry knowledge, specialist technical expertise and administrative ability. This highly practical 16-week short course equips you with a broad knowledge of South African legislation and gives you a foundation on which to build the knowledge and expertise required for specific paralegal work.
Read more at GetSmarter Online Training...


Legal Billing Rule #7: Avoid Communication Breakdown

Monday, 16 March 2015 17:33

well detailed bills get paidA regular, descriptive bill is a nice backstop to ensure that you are keeping the client well-informed and that you are on top of the matters at issue.


Six ways to make your iOS or Android phone easier on the eyes

Monday, 16 March 2015 19:50

cannot read cell phone screenEven as the displays on our iPhones and Android phones get bigger and bigger, the type on our screens remains stubbornly small—so small, indeed, that you may find yourself squinting whenever you glance at your handset. Give your aching eyes a break. Read on for six settings that’ll make your iPhone or Android screen a bit easier to read, from boosting the size of text to zooming your display with your fingertips.
Read more at PCWorld...


The Last of the Typewriter Men

Monday, 16 March 2015 20:29

typewriter repairOn a recent bleak, winter afternoon in the Flatiron District Paul Schweitzer was once again hard at work, trying to breathe life into a black, jazz-age Underwood typewriter. Behind his spectacles was a furrowed brow and behind that was a tangle of keys, steel, carrying cases and filing cabinets of rollers, spools, levers and keys, a morgue of mechanical guts.
Read more at Backchannel...


Legal Billing Rule #6: Delaying Billing is Like Giving Away Free Money

Monday, 09 March 2015 13:07

legal billing tips 6By not sending your bills out on time you are essentially offering interest-free financing and performing your services at a discount.


Legal Billing Rule #9: Capture Time With Easy, Modern Tools

Monday, 30 March 2015 13:43

time billing as it happensGet in the habit of capturing time as close as possible to when it’s being expended, which is easy to accomplish with 21st Century tools.


Are you still using analogue dictation? Make the change to digital now!

Monday, 30 March 2015 17:11

old dictaphone machineFor many years, analogue recording systems, particularly tape recorders, were the only options available to anybody wishing to commission a transcript of their interview, focus group, conference or dictation. In recent times, however, digital recorders have quickly overtaken tape recorders as the predominant professional audio recording device. There are numerous advantages to clients in switching to a digital recorder for all transcription needs. And it has never been easier to make the switch.


SA’s first social media lawyer on sex tapes, penis transplants and Pistorius

Monday, 30 March 2015 18:21

social media law courts south africaShe’s been described as the Dr. Eve of social media, ready with that much-needed reality check just before we send out a message into the world that one day will come back to haunt us. Invited to SXSW to talk about South Africa’s first trial by social media, Memeburn had the opportunity to sit down with Emma Sadleir at one of Austin’s most opulent hotels, the Driskill.
Read more at Memeburn...


e4 launches attorney-focused subsidiary

Monday, 23 March 2015 11:59

e4March brought with it an exciting development within the e4 Group, with the launch of a legal subsidiary focussed on attorney solutions. The new subsidiary, e4 Legal Studio, will have national presence with its head office based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.


Attack of the bean-counters

Monday, 23 March 2015 15:37

bean counters attacking legal marketConsulting has its Big Three; accounting the Big Four; and executive search a Big Five. But there is no corresponding clutch of dominant law firms. None has amassed as much as 0.5% of an industry with global revenues of around $650 billion a year. Even the biggest law firms may be anachronistically inefficient. They are run by lawyers, not professional managers, insist on charging by the “billable hour” rather than by results and use little technology more advanced than e-mail. Nonetheless, most big law firms have continued to be highly profitable.
Read more at The Economist...


Why not encourage all lawyers to market and sell?

Monday, 23 March 2015 13:38

lawyers marketing“To me, job titles don’t matter. Everyone is in sales. It’s the only way we stay in business.” This from famous Minneapolis businessman and author, Harvey Mackay. Last week the law firm of Quinn Emanuel notified its associates that completing a marketing project was a prerequisite to getting a bonus this year.
Read more at Real Lawyers Have Blogs...


Conveyancing Secretary Salaries by Major Cities of South Africa

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 07:45

legal secretary salary survey 2015 for conveynacingThe biggest response group from the secretary salary survey was the conveyancing secretaries – almost two thirds of the information received. This week we break down the conveyancing secretary salaries by experience from the major cities in South Africa.


The Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Computer Forensics

Monday, 16 March 2015 17:22

Beware of DIY digital forensicsA Do-It-Yourself, or “DIY,” trend has permeated the legal industry when it comes to electronic discovery and litigation consulting services. In an effort to reduce costs, law firms and corporations are building internal teams to rely less on outside vendors, with varying degrees of success. However, certain DIY missions in litigation are fraught with peril and should be carefully examined.


Law society concerned at moves to limit the right to compensation for medical negligence victims

Monday, 16 March 2015 18:45

LSSAThe Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) voices serious concern at the recent sweeping statements made by the Minster of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and other organisations in the healthcare sector, regarding the possible limitation of the right to fair compensation of medical malpractice victims and the role of lawyers in these claims.


Legal Secretary 2015 Salaries by Experience

Monday, 09 March 2015 20:29

Legal Secretary 2015 Salaries by ExperienceIn our analysing of the salary survey this week, we have used the experience and supervision percentage to get a better measurement of the value of the legal secretary.


Digital Forensics – When Does A Case Warrant It?

Monday, 09 March 2015 13:19

digital forensics hard drive law firmsIf your opponent's client uses a computer or if the organization you represent uses computers, you need computer forensics. The computer has invaded our very existence, become a part of our lives, and is an integral part of almost every case from complex litigation and class actions to contract disputes and sexual harassment.

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