SADC Lawyers Association Conference in Cape Town 2016

The LSSA would like to invite you to register soon for the 17th SADC Lawyers Association Conference and General Meeting in Cape Town next month. This is only the second time this conference is being held in South Africa; the previous time was in the year 2000.


Far too often, the thought of a librarian is a blurry one. Blotted out by spider webs, dust and those classic fictional scrolls that contain timeless knowledge of middle earth; housed in magnificent architectural wonders.


Like an independent judiciary and an independent legal profession, a free press is a cornerstone of our constitutional democracy.

Baker & McKenzie

Baker & McKenzie, is pleased to announce that its Johannesburg office has appointed Gerhard Rudolph and Morné van der Merwe as co-managing partners, and Wildu du Plessis as Africa head, with effect from 1 July 2016.


The Law Society of South Africa urges Government and political parties to take concrete actions to ensure that the climate in the country during the weeks leading to the local government elections on 3 August 2016 is such, that members of the public feel they can cast their votes freely without threats of intimidation and violence.

litigatorIn 2014, Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng, called for the introduction of an electronic court filing system, to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and mitigate against the lost and stolen court documents. The implementation of a digital court filing system would greatly benefit SA’s legal profession by minimising the time and costs associated in filing litigation documents at court.

e-conveyancing scotlandA new e-conveyancing platform has been launched in Edinburgh ahead of a roll-out across all of Scotland. This system, Atlis, is the first of its kind in Scotland and was developed by Edinburgh Solicitors' Property Centre and BDP Estate Agency Software, with the backing of the Law Society of Scotland, as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for property solicitors.
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Diana Mabasa“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.”

lexisnexis south africaEight 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.

Pro bono awards 2016On 6 September 2016 ProBono.Org will host the third annual pro bono awards ceremony at Constitution Hill.

stop using email in conveyancing mattersThe Conveyancing Association, an official body whose members handle one in five property transactions in Britain, has advised solicitors to stop communicating sensitive information by email. The advice comes on the back of a recent spate of conveyancing fraud cases uncovered by The Telegraph, which has seen some victims robbed of hundreds of thousands of pounds.
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blockchainBlockchain technology is highly diverse and can be applied in a variety of instances. It is best known as the technology that underpins and facilitates Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies. In essence, a blockchain is a computer protocol that enables the storage of assets and facilitates the transfer of those assets.

norton rose fulbrightGlobal firm Norton Rose Fulbright is relocating 170 operation roles to a global service centre in the Philippines — including a number from the UK. It is the latest international firm to announce a relocation of back office work to cheaper locations.
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drones and the lawOver the last few years, unmanned flying machines, variously described as Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or more commonly known as 'drones', have been mainly used in targeted killings, surveillance or gathering intelligence.

sabinetMany people are not aware of why we observe occasions such as May Day or Labour Month in South Africa. To the majority of workers, it’s simply another holiday where we get to lounge around the house, binge-watch the latest series or visit friends. So in short – we see it as just another holiday. The truth is that these occasions originate from important historical milestones in the struggle to secure workers’ rights.

BLA-Black lawyers associationThe Black Lawyers Association (BLA) is a voluntary association representing the interests of black lawyers in South Africa and the previously disadvantaged individuals.

lexisnexis south africaInternational trends indicate a growing interest around the development and use of mobile apps to access information and enable businesses to engage more meaningfully with customers. Now increasingly recognised as one of the savviest client engagement tools around, apps offer portability, ease of access and up-to-date content that provides clients with the information and services they need at the tap of a finger.

bad language principal facebook hankeyAn Eastern Cape principal faces dismissal after he called a local politician a c**t on Facebook. According to a report by the Sunday Times, Hankey Senior Secondary School principal Godfrey Thorne called Edmund van Vuuren, a member of the provincial legislature, the offending word after the education portfolio committee found that 134 girls at his school got pregnant last year.
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sabinetThe recent launch of a new Library Management System at the University of Pretoria identifies the significance of up-to-date and relevant technology that serve as a catalyst for our future leaders.

Webber-WentzelWebber Wentzel has taken first place in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa directory listing, maintaining its top spot as the most highly ranked South African law firm.

SA provincial law societiesWe, the undersigned Presidents of the Law Societies of the Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Provinces, acting in the public interest, commit ourselves to a clean, ethical and responsive legal profession, and will do all that is necessary in the interest of public and clients.

LSSA law society of South AfricaThe Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) expresses grave concern at the comments relating to the courts made by President Jacob Zuma when addressing a gathering of Traditional Leaders in Pretoria yesterday.

Imani law on demandThe Origins of Law - As civilizations have evolved over the millennia, our legal systems and institutions have changed with them. Where human society has adapted, so have the legal structures that protect our rights and give us guidance.

LexisNexis AAP recipientsAssisting 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.

LSSA Cochairpersons Jan van Rensburg and Mvuso Notyesilr thumbnailMthatha attorney Mvuso Notyesi and Brits attorney Jan Janse van Rensburg were elected Co-Chairpersons of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) at its annual general meeting in Kempton Park on 2 April 2016.

LSSA law society of South AfricaThe Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) has noted the landmark judgment of the Constitutional Court in the Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others; Democratic Alliance v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others [2016] ZACC 11 case, and in particular how it confirms the binding nature of the remedial action taken by the Public Protector in terms of section 182(1)(c) of the Constitution.

SAPO to introduce eregistered emailThe South African Post Office (SAPO) said the most important electronic product that customers can expect from it in the near future is eRegistered Mail. Registered Mail carries the same legal status as paper-based Registered Mail, and enables users to send electronic mail, from single items to bulk mail, to a valid email address.
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Santa shoebox by ajsAJS is part of many fantastic social initiatives every year but Santa Shoebox has a very special place the AJS collective heart. “Everybody just loves being involved in this project” say AJS director Digby Vickers. “It is extremely rewarding and we encourage not only AJS customers but everyone who reads this to get involved – companies and individuals alike.”

AFLIIIt’s all well and good to talk about the rule of law, but what if people don’t know what the law actually is? In many African countries, big holes in published law mean that citizens — and even sometimes lawyers and judges themselves — can’t access the laws of their land. You might expect the laws of any country to be readily accessible, without presenting much difficulty to those seeking such information. Not so for many African countries. Resource constraints and histories of conflict have left large gaps in the published law of many African nations.
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Microsoft ireland case by michalsonsThe Microsoft Ireland case concerns whether the US government can compel Microsoft to give it access to Hotmail emails it holds on its server in Ireland. Can a US Government search warrant compel Microsoft to retrieve emails it holds on a server in Ireland and hand those emails over to the US Department of Justice (DoJ)? The Microsoft Ireland case is important because if the DoJ is successful, this case will set a precedent allowing governments around the world to seize information held in the cloud. This has serious implications on the right to privacy and for cloud computing. The full case name is Microsoft Corporation v United States of America.
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The surge in cyber-related crimesWith the recent banking and cellular scams in South Africa, it is clearly evident that the surge in cyber-related crimes poses a huge risk to institutions and individuals both locally and globally.

womens legal centre

International Women’s Day, commemorated annually on 08 March, is significant to LexisNexis’ mandate of promoting the Rule of Law thanks to its focus on tackling issues such as poverty, exclusion, unemployment, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice. In honour of this day, LexisNexis South Africa has reinstated a partnership with the Women’s Legal Centre, (WLC), a non-profit law centre that seeks to achieve equality for women – particularly black women.

litigator aquires 40 percent in litigatorMetrofile Holdings Limited, a JSE listed company today, 3 March 2016, announced the 40% acquisition of Litigator, a cloud based litigation platform. Litigator, which will now trade as a Metrofile group company, provides electronic serving, issuing and filing of litigation documents, advanced electronic signatures and secure storage of litigation documents.

Elite logoThomson Reuters Elite, part of Thomson Reuters Legal, has today announced that they are in discussions with leading management consulting firm Deloitte to join its implementation pilot program.

LSSA concerned about lesotho lawyersThe Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) repeats its call – made in November last year – to the Lesotho authorities to cease their harassment and intimidation of lawyers, particularly those lawyers involved in the defence of 23 soldiers accused of alleged mutiny last year.

AIS LogoLocal specialist software and IT service provider Assimilated Information Systems Pty Ltd. (AIS) is proud to mark its tenth year of operation and over a decade of success with its flagship solution DocFusion®.

sabinetSabinet is delighted to share with you a bold new look and enhanced navigation experience with the launch of their new corporate website,

sabinetWith the depreciation of the rand, SA’s regulatory pressures and the overall current fiscal climate, corporates are constantly looking at cost saving, workflow efficiencies and the ability to deliver innovative solutions to their stakeholders.

sabinetSabinet prides itself in building an inclusive environment where every user and publisher knows their experience and expectations are valued and respected. To this end, following thorough investigation and consultation with our patrons, we are proud to be at the forefront of online content solutions.

Amy EliasonBatman. Superman. Iron Man. What do all of these characters have in common? We have all sat in our comfy seats at the movie theatre and watched them defeat numerous super villains with their superhuman strength and indomitable will.

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