LSSA

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) notes the resignation of High Court Judge Mabel Jansen, as announced by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development yesterday. The now infamous comments by Judge Jansen on social media have been correctly condemned in all sectors of our society.

CLS not happy with MEC Belinda Francis Scott is quoted, inter alia, as saying that attorneys are “not only criminal, but parasitical. They are vultures”. 

The Council of The Cape Law Society has noted with grave concern the recent report in the Daily Dispatch where MEC Belinda Francis Scott is quoted, inter alia, as saying that attorneys are “not only criminal, but parasitical. They are vultures”. 

David Bekker and Walid Brown Co-Chairpersons Law Society of South Africa

Cape Town attorney Walid Brown and Harrismith attorney David Bekker were elected Co-Chairpersons of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) at its annual general meeting on 22 April 2017.

Darryl Bernstein of Baker McKenzie

According to the Gemalto Breach Level Index, released in March 2017, South Africa experienced nine reported security breaches in 2016. Across Africa, 45.2 million records were stolen in 2016, compared with 38.5 million in 2015. Africa had 17 data breaches in total, compared with six in 2015.

Intapp installs at Webber Wentzel

Intapp, a global leader in legal software, has announced that Webber Wentzel, a leading law firm in South Africa, has selected Intapp Time as the firm’s new time recording system. In a continued drive towards enhancing client service delivery and embracing a more digital office environment, Webber Wentzel has chosen Intapp Time to support the firm’s time management processes. Webber Wentzel has a total staff of approximately 800, including over 450 lawyers and offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Dineo Peta

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. 

Sabinet and Juta Law collaborate in online research partnership

Sabinet, a premier online information specialist, is proud to announce a collaborative partnership with Juta Law, the trusted benchmark of South African legal resources - redefining online legal research by hosting Juta’s law journals on Sabinets’ new and dynamic international research platform.

Mobile research is the future

Mobile legal research with its ease of access, convenience and user-friendly formats, is gaining momentum in South Africa and looks set to significantly change the way legal professionals work in future.

Allocation of legal work in South Africa

The 31st March 2017, marks a year since the establishment of the Action Group on Briefing Patterns in the Legal Profession. We view this as an important milestone and deem it necessary to provide an update on the progress made since the formation of the Action Group on 31 March 2016.

AI and the law

Artificial intelligence and automation are making inroads into legal work, but are more likely to support than displace lawyers and will draw IT more into legal service delivery.
Read more at ComputerWeekly.com...

Judge Barbosa in his virtual courtroom

Visiting Judge Francisco de Assis Barbosa, a Labour Court Judge from the Federal Court in Brazil talks to Tech4Law about the electronic system used by the courts and how they implemented the system in a methodical process, replacing the paper process to an electronic process over the last couple of years. This electronic process has shortened the average case duration by 7 months. 

Theo Watson from Microsoft

Digital transformation is touching every sector as well as every industry, disrupting the traditional market leaders, value chains and conventional ways of doing business along the way. While the technology (IoT, big data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence) and the business benefits these can unlock get a lot of attention, one aspect often overlooked in the digital transformation process is compliance and regulation.
Read more at ITNews...

Berlin Legaltech Hackathon 2017 report

While my mind is still trying to grasp the magnitude of the last three days, I feel compelled to share a first glimpse into what happened here on our blog. To condense it into one sentence: the Indian goddess that we chose to represent the event, unleashed her full creatively destructive energy. For two days, more than a hundred Legal Hackers created a unique atmosphere of collaboration and knowledge exchange.
Read more at The Hacking.Law Blog...

Judge Essa Moosa

The Council of the Cape Law Society joins countless South Africans in mourning the sudden passing away of respected Judge Essa Moosa on 26 February 2017. We express our sincere condolences to his family. 

Round up of LegalTech New York 2017

With the usual raft of announcements at Legaltech New York it’s easy to miss out on key news stories. Here are the bite-sized highlights of the past legal IT week, including eDiscovery updates and a new platform alert. We’ll be bringing you insights into a number of the closed streams over the next week.
Read more at Legal Technology...

Thuli Madonsela

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) congratulates former Public Protector Adv Thuli Madonsela on being selected as the recipient of the 3rd Commonwealth Law Conference Rule of Law Award. Ms Madonsela will accept the award at the closing ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Law Conference in Melbourne, Australia, being held from 20 to 24 March 2017.

Ernest Kleynhans

It has been on the cards for some time and the proverbial writing has been on the wall: in 2017, the so-called ‘nexus of forces’ will impact business operations in a major way – and companies will either be ready or go out of business. That is the reality facing all industries today says Ernest Kleynhans, MD of local specialist software and IT services provider Assimilated Information Systems Pty Ltd. (AIS).

International firms expanding into Africa

South Africa has been hit by a flood of global law firms seeking lucrative new markets. In 2014 alone, Allen & Overy, Clyde & Co, and Dentons—firms that have a combined global revenue of $4.8 billion—opened offices in South Africa. In 2016, Herbert Smith Freehills and DLA Piper both entered the market, hiring big-name partners from local firms. And this year, Pinsent Masons, a global firm based in the U.K., plans to open its first African office in South Africa.
Read more at The American Lawyer...

Georgias_Government_To_Implement_BitFurys_Blockchain_Project

The Georgian Minister of Justice and other government agencies are already planning on inserting real estate documents to its Blockchain network in the upcoming months. If the government successfully inserts and secures real estate data on their Blockchain platform, it will become the first official case of Blockchain utilization in nationwide real estate data management projects.
Read more at The CoinTelegraph...

KwaZulu Natal Law Society

The Council of the KwaZulu Natal Law Society supports the initiative of the Deputy President, Mr Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, in having appointed the national minimum wage panel of experts comprising of Professor Imraan Valodia, Mr Ayabonga Cawe, Ms Mamokete Lijane , Dr Debbie Collier, Dr Siphokazi Koyana, Professor Murray Liebbrant, Dr Patrick Belser and assisted by Mr David Francis.

Mason Hayes and Curran

"The market is increasingly competitive and clients are rightly more demanding, so law firms need to keep pace. Traditionally, one lawyer would have been responsible for marketing, but most big firms now have a dedicated marketing function as you are frequently competing against sophisticated international providers.”
Read more at Independent.ie...

Blockchain and the law

It is simply incorrect to say decentralized applications, or use cases of the blockchain, are incompatible with legacy legal constructs. Instead, I simply view there to be friction between the new and the old that more often than not accompanies the introduction of promising new technologies.
Read more at BraveNewCoin...

No insurance for SA lawyers

Transfer attorneys in South Africa have increasingly become the victims of online scammers in the real estate sector, stated Rapport. Victims suffer losses worth millions of rand because insurers no longer provide cover for such scams. The Attorneys’ Insurance Indemnity Fund (AIIF) said that in the past two years there has been a significant increase in cyber-crime-related claims.
Read more at MyBroadband...

Cape Law Society

The baseless fraud charges filed against a sitting Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, during October 2016 and many other pending investigations against the President and senior members of government ostensibly on allegations of corruption, theft, fraud and other heinous crimes, signifies that South Africa is facing a constitutional crisis. These cases come at a time when the country continues to face the threat of a serious economic downgrade with far-reaching consequences for our collective future.

Tony Ellis receiving the Olympus DS-5500 from Olympus’s sales manager Shaun Naude

Congratulations to our 3rd and last winner in our Olympus Audio S.A DS-5500 Giveaway – Mr. Tony Ellis from JHB.

Deltek Insight 2016

Deltek, a provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based businesses, announced the winners of its annual Project Excellence Awards program at Deltek Insight’s 2016 user conference in National Harbor, MD. These awards recognize and celebrate outstanding Deltek customer and partner achievements in improving business processes and performance, driving innovation, increasing profitability and winning new business with Deltek solutions. The winners were selected from an extensive pool of nominations that applied for the awards in 2016...
Read more at Silversoft...

Cape Law Society

The Cape Law Society learned with shock of a statement attributed to PAGAD, which was allegedly made by their spokesperson, Mr Haroon Orrie, in which PAGAD supported those behind the murder of Mr Noorudien Hassan, a member of the Cape Law Society. The Society condemns in the strongest possible terms not only the murder of any of its members and indeed any person, but also the fact that those behind this heinous crime would receive any support for committing such a crime.

Blockchain and trade trust

The age old problem of low levels of trust between importer and exporter when it comes to payment looks set to be alleviated by the adopting of “blockchain” technology in the banking system.

Webber Wentzel

As the legal services industry becomes increasingly competitive, there is a growing demand on law firms to adopt innovative approaches to deliver legal services more efficiently and cost effectively.  Webber Wentzel’s newly launched in-house legal process outsourcing (LPO) capability, named the Webber Wentzel Legal Services Centre (LSC), is an important component of the firm’s client-centric service delivery approach, optimising the right combination of resourcing and technology for each matter. 

Africa Legal Jobs

There are a variety of different ways in which a law firm can measure its success, depending on the perspective taken. If law firms have the expertise that their clients need, when their clients need it, in the location that their clients operate in, then they are positioned to succeed. 

SAFLII needs financial assistance

SAFLII is a crucial resource for the legal community. Not only does it help all lawyers to do their job but it opens the doors of the legal profession, by helping young lawyers to gain access to the law for free.
Read more at SAFLII.org...

Attorney_Profession_Review_2016

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.

Sabinet at LIASA Awards

Sabinet, a sponsor of the Library and Information Association of South Africa’s (LIASA) 2016 conference, proudly sponsored the prize for the first runner-up in the 2016 awards. Mercia Sias of the Western Cape branch was this year’s deserving recipient. 

Korbitec

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.

Second winner for Olympus DS5500 giveaway competition

Congratulations to the second winner in our Olympus Audio S.A DS-5500 Giveaway – Advocate Tertius Steyn from JHB. Tertius received his new Olympus DS-5500 Digital Voice Recorder from Olympus’s JHB based sales representative Thandi Mncube a few days ago. We would like to wish Tertius many happy recording hours with his new device.

international criminal court

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) adds its voice to those calling on the South African Government to reconsider its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The LSSA is gravely disappointed at the unilateral decision by the Government to initiate South Africa’s withdrawal process from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court by executive act.

the_law_store_inside_walmart

For years, Kurt Benecke says, it made sense for law firms to be clustered around town squares. They were the hub of cities across America. But downtowns don't play that role as much anymore, says Benecke. He's the chief operating officer of The Law Store, a Joplin-based company opening legal offices in what it considers the modern-day equivalent of the town square: the world's largest brick-and-mortar retailer.
Read more at News Leader...

law_firm_contracts_online

I am always astounded that attorneys don’t grab technology by the scruff of it’s neck and shake it until every single ounce of productivity and additional profit has fallen out. Attorneys seem content with leaving things as they are. I generalise of course.

Angus Herringer of e4

According to Gartner, SaaS shows no signs of decline, with even the smallest SaaS segment seeing a compound annual growth rate of 19.7% through 2019. Angus Herringer, joint Head of Financial Services, e4, a technology solutions company, says the trend is definitely growing in Africa. 

too busy

Everyone complains they are too busy. The only time I can recall people complaining that they were not busy was in Biglaw in 2008, when there was little work to go around and everyone was afraid (with ample justification) they were about to get laid off.

It’s hard to know if someone — even you yourself — is truly too busy. After all, people with 9-to-5s can feel like they are too busy. One of my entrepreneur clients says he doesn’t like to work more than five hours a day, and when he bumps up against five hours, he will immediately stop working. So when would he be too busy? When one day he has to work five hours and ten minutes?
Read more at Above the Law...

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