Sabinet

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.
Read more at The Citizen...

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.

LSSA

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.
Read more at Business Insider South Africa...

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.

Probono.org

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

Sabinet

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.
Read more at MyBroadband...

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.
Read more at Ventureburn...

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. 

Lawyers

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.
Read more at BizNews...

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.

LexisNexis_Compliance_Business_Breakfast

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.

lawtrust-sybrin-ais

As the digitisation of the customer experience is becoming a leading priority for most industries, Sybrin is hard at work enhancing their digital business platforms. These platforms will enable their customers to not only meet their clients’ expectations, but also to reduce excessive costs, whilst ensuring compliance in the fast-changing regulatory environment. To this end, Sybrin has formed partnerships with both AIS and LAWtrust, to empower its innovative client and product on-boarding platform.

KwaZulu-Natal Law Society

The KwaZulu-Natal Law Society announces that after noting that Mrs Claudette Sigamoney who resides in Durban, was not registered as an attorney with the society, launched application to the High Court of South Africa, Pietermaritzburg on 24 April 2017 to prevent her from holding herself out to be an attorney.

Fintech opportunities and risks

The rise of the FinTech industry may herald a significant upheaval to the financial services industry, and significant opportunities (and risks) await those who wish to participate. Novel data processing techniques are a key aspect of many FinTech businesses and with such a rapid pace of innovation, there is a concomitant rise in the risk of data breaches. It is vital for FinTech companies to be aware of their obligations in the event of a data breach.

Black Lawyers Association

The Black Lawyers Association (BLA) is deeply appalled by the media reports that Transnet, a state-owned company, has appointed Werksmans Attorneys, a white law firm, to oversee a board-level probe into allegations of corruption relating to its purchase of locomotives for China South Rail (CSR).

Drive Revenue Practice Management

HAVAÍC and Drive Revenue are pleased to announce that Drive Revenue (Pty) Ltd (“Drive” or the “Company”) has, with the assistance of HAVAÍC, successfully closed its first external funding round underpinned by overseas investors.

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