Taurus Capital speaks about the billable hour for lawyers

The billable hour has been the ubiquitous billing model for litigation services in South Africa since anyone can remember. The model is that lawyers charge their time out to their clients at a set rate per hour. This devoted time is itemized in increments (e.g.: 6 minutes or 15 minutes) and then tallied up and presented in a monthly account for work done.
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Sabinet Journals

As a recognised leader in the South African information industry, Sabinet recognises the need for research. Sabinet is committed to being a partner for African publishers by adding value and providing support to the publishers making use of its www.journals.co.za platform. 

Nik Steffny, Chief Commercial Officer, e4

In the 1950’s, intangible brand value accounted for a mere 52% of a company’s overall value. This has grown in estimation, and today, is more than 62% according to The Brand Bubble. Intangible value includes your brand, trademarks, customer goodwill and company reputation.

See what lawyers earn in South Africa

Specialist recruitment firm, Michael Page, has published its latest salary survey. One of the key focuses of the report is the legal sector, which has typically been home to some of the highest-paying jobs in the country. Top earners include General Counsel (GC) and partners, both of which can expect to take home R5 million a year at the high-end of market.
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ADF announces Mr Mukansi's death

It is with sadness that the ADF confirms the untimely passing of Mr Mackenzie Mukansi, the former CEO of the ADF, on the 27th December 2018.


Research is a critical tool to build knowledge and facilitate learning and is essential to advancements in virtually all disciplines. The annual National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards recognise and celebrate excellence amongst top South African researchers. Sabinet honoured the worthy recipients at a ceremony held at the Boardwalk Hotel and Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth this year. 

CIPC outline

Notice is hereby given in terms of and for purposes of the Acts mentioned in the Schedule below, that CIPC will be closed to the public from 10h00 on Friday 21 December 2018 to Tuesday 1 January 2019. 

Opportunities in LawTech in Africa

Business leaders in South Africa might be feeling a bit depressed at the moment, but it does feel as though the startup ecosystem in South Africa is beginning to come of age – a decade’s worth of work all coming together to refine the models that work here.

LexisNexis Cape Town staff involved with the Cares Day Hackathon

This October, various charity organisations and NGOs across South Africa are set to benefit from the local roll-out of the annual RE Cares Month. This global community outreach programme is spearheaded by leading content and technology solutions provider, LexisNexis South Africa, through its international parent company, the RELX Group.

Opening of ITU 2018 by President Ramaphosa

2600 delegates attending the ITU World 2018 conference listened intently as President Ramaphosa spoke of the dawn of the digital revelation that is rising on the African continent at the ITU World 2018 on the 10th September 2018 in Durban.

Nigiri Law by Barry Varkel

Nigiri Law by Barry Varkel  - So many firsts…first funny book on the South African law process, first time I have heard of a stand-up comedian who is a qualified and practicing attorney and author on top of that and the first time I have done a book review for Tech4Law. 

Mark Heyink

I have read articles reporting on the welcome acceptance of a Power of Attorney to transfer land, signed using an Advanced Electronic Signature, by the Registrar of Deeds in Bloemfontein. I have also read with disappointment and surprise the comments that the report sparked. 

Ryan Barlow - Chief Technology officer at e4

Ryan Barlow, Chief Technology officer, e4 says that when it comes to the insurance sector, it is mobile-only as insurance brands grapple with disruption from lighter, more agile technology rich cloud insurance products: “It is no longer just mobile-first, thanks to the dominance of technologies such as AI, ML and IoT and start-up companies taking full advantage of this phenomenon.”

Adv John Mullins and Attorney Paul du Plessis

The legal event that was a “no-brainer” for all small to medium law firms to attend this year has just passed – here are some of the highlights I picked up from the seminar.

Clive Bredenkamp from e4

Conveyancing should remain the domain of the Conveyancer - Software as a Service technology company, e4 has reiterated its support for conveyancers and legal practitioners following a recent ruling in the Pretoria High Court, which found that administrative processes inherent to property transfers in South Africa should remain within the ambit of the legal fraternity.

Mpumalanga High Court Judge President Francis Legodi

Attorneys who conduct litigation at a snail’s pace and flout strict high court directives aimed at making justice more accessible to all South Africans might have to pay for the delays from their own pockets in future. Mpumalanga High Court Judge President Francis Legodi became so annoyed with cases on the civil roll either being settled at the very last minute or unnecessarily delayed that he last week granted a series of court orders depriving attorneys of their day fees.
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Sharing fees

A week ago conveyancers heaved a collective sigh of relief when an attempt by non-conveyancers to, legally, do reserved conveyancing work, was given short shrift by our High Court.


The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) welcomes the judgment delivered on 16 May 2018 at the Gauteng Division of the High Court in the matter Proxi Smart Services (Pty) Limited vs the Law Society of South Africa and Others.

Law@Work at UCTLaw Faculty

LexFutures, a legal data analytics provider based in Cape Town, has launched a Constitutional Court Fantasy Prediction League in partnership with UCT Law@Work and Juta Law.

Emile Myburgh

Johannesburg attorney, Emile Myburgh’s article on ‘Holding delinquent directors personally liable’ has won him the 2017 LexisNexis Prize for Legal Practitioners for the best article by a practising attorney published in De Rebus. 

Luminance AI for Webbers

Leading South African law firm, Webber Wentzel, has adopted Luminance’s Artificial Intelligence technology to enhance its due diligence processes for M&A transactions. The agreement marks another major international win for the fast-growing AI platform.

Study law

Roughly a third of South Africa's dollar millionaires studies law, a new report by AfrAsia Bank and New World Wealth says. The South Africa Wealth Report, released on Thursday, found that South Africa has 43,600 dollar millionaires, defined as individuals with assets worth more than R11.9 million, based on current exchange rates.
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Pierre Aurel from e4

South Africa’s ongoing education crisis, specifically access to schooling and learning material has been well publicised. Government has responded with subsidy offers, but simply providing financial aid does not solve the crisis that South Africa faces. Compounding the issue is the fact that universities are at capacity, with no new plans to build more facilities.

Sameer Kumandan from e4 Data

Software as a Service specialist, e4, has successfully met the National Credit Regulator (NCR) requirements and is now an accredited reseller credit bureau. This announcement falls in line with the relevant provisions of amended National Credit Act, 2005, which requires any business that receives reports containing consumer credit information, other than information that is in the public domain, must be registered.

Global Legal Hackathon wraps up

The world's largest collaborative lawtech co-creation event, Global Legal Hackathon, has drawn to a close, with thousands of people in 42 cities around the world coming together to build solutions to the most pressing justice problems we face over the course of a single weekend.


In March 2017, ProBono.Org established a Divorce Help Desk at the Johannesburg Regional Court, which operates every Tuesday from 09h00 to 12h00.


Libraries across the globe support and inspire the communities they engage with. They play a pivotal role in promoting the advancement of knowledge and yet are faced with an array of challenges that affect service delivery. From limited resources to rapidly changing user needs, libraries need to constantly find ways to save time and money while improving their workflows and delivering new value to users.

Pierre Aurel

Freelancing has found a new name in the digital era. A ‘Gig’ is simply a task performed as a once-off freelancing job, but because the trend towards freelancing has grown so significantly, a new economy has been born: the ‘Gig Economy’. Internationally, it has grown at a rapid pace with independent workers within Europe regarded as the fastest growing group in the EU labour market.

Baker McKenzie Global Dawn Raid App

Baker McKenzie has launched an expanded version of its Global Dawn Raid App, a mobile application that, across 44 countries, provides clients experiencing a raid with real-time step-by-step guidance on their rights and obligations, as well as instant access to Baker McKenzie lawyers.

Julian von Klemperer

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) is saddened at the untimely passing of Pietermaritzburg attorney and former LSSA Co-Chairperson, Julian von Klemperer, on 9 January 2018 at the age of 71.

Failed Technology in SA during 2017

This past year saw significant failures in South Africa’s technology and telecommunications sectors. The government’s failed spectrum policy was a recurring theme this year, with the Minister of Telecommunications and the mobile operators battling over spectrum and the planned WOAN. The biggest tech failures in South Africa of 2017 are listed below.
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NuvaLaw opening office in Holland

Cape Town legaltech startup NuvaLaw yesterday signed an agreement with The Hague Business Agency and other Dutch authorities to set up in Leiden, The Netherlands to initially partner with large insurance companies in the European country, especially in The Hague and Leiden. The startup is one of three South African companies that will open offices in The Hague region, the Hague Business Agency said in a press release.
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CLS AGM in East London 2017

The Cape Law Society annual general meeting and gala dinner was held at the Hemingways Hotel and Conference Centre last Friday and Saturday in East London.

SchoemanLaw Inc

In an entrepreneur’s life, access to speedy and reliable legal services are crucial. Legal solutions must keep up with the pace of a business and if it can’t, the reality is that it is not considered at all. If not considered, there is a real risk which, statistically, is one of the main causes of business failure. In the case of a start-up or SME, this often means the end of an idea or a dream.

Simon Colman

In South Africa alone, 16 million people use Facebook, 7.7 million are on Twitter and LinkedIn has 6.1 million users, according to the Ornico SA Social Media Landscape report for 2018. By simply using these platforms, all these millions of users unknowingly expose themselves to possible law suits, which could cost them hundreds of thousands of rands in legal defence costs or pay-outs if found guilty.

e4 Interns Group picture

Internships provide a vital link between academic learning and professional employment, and with strategic partnerships, these internships can be effective for business and the youth. With this in mind, e4 partnered with the EOH Youth Job Creation Initiative and the National Skills Fund (NSF) Project and Internship Program to give aspiring technology graduates the opportunity to gain both valuable and practical work experience to help kick-start their careers. 


With the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissing President Jacob Zuma’s and the NPA’s spy tapes appeal, it got Errol Horwitz thinking about the current state of our legal fraternity. Like many South Africans, Horwitz questions how Zuma has managed to delay the process for such a long time.
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Wills week 2017

Have you been recently divorced or widowed? Have you bought a new home? Have you been cohabitating with your partner for some time? Do you have a number of people that depend on you financially every month? If so, it is advisable to have a legally sound will to ensure that there are not competing claims on your estate when you pass away.


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. 

Nic Swart CEO of LSSA

It is with deep shock and sadness that the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) announces the untimely death of its Chief Executive Officer and Director of Legal Education and Development (LEAD), Nic Swart at the age of 63.

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