philips dpm8000 and dns13professionalIntegration of digital dictation and speech recognition improve efficiency and productivity. Modernisation was in order when La Cava & Jacobson, P.A., launched itself as an independent practice in June 2010. The 12-attorney medical malpractice and civil defence law firm in Tampa, Fla., split from a larger organisation and acquired the former parent company’s office along with decades-old tape-based dictation equipment.

speechexec at ishbie gagleardI&G attorneys had always relied on dictation and transcription to create documents, but they used handheld analogue cassette recorders. In 2014, however, the firm transitioned to digital dictation and transcription tools from Philips. The results have been increased productivity, reduced administrative expenses and faster documentation turnaround.

mintekMintek Library has decided to adopt web technology and move towards offering a more online library service to Mintek, a global leader in mineral and metallurgical innovation.

herbert smith freehillsTop global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has announced that it will be opening its first Africa office, in Johannesburg shortly. Peter Leon, a top twenty global mining lawyer will join the firm as co-chair of the Africa practice alongside Brigette Baillie, a highly respected energy and infrastructure finance lawyer who will join as a partner in the firm's highly successful Africa practice.

nadelThe National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL) notes the statements made by Richard Spoor, who is an attorney in the current Silicosis case in the Gauteng High Court, with utter trepidation.

LexisNexis aquires KorbitecLexisNexis South Africa (LNSA), part of RELX Group, will be acquiring Korbitec (Pty) Ltd from the Naspers Group on 2 November 2015, following approval by the South African Competition Commission and the completion of all other outstanding conditions.

docfusiuonSoftware and IT services provider Assimilated Information Systems (AIS) has reinforced the depth and quality of its intellectual property after securing a registered trademark for its flagship offering DocFusion.

Webber-WentzelWebber Wentzel has once again been certified as one of the top employers in South Africa for 2015 by the Top Employers Institute. This is the third consecutive year that the firm has received the prestigious certification.

LSSAThe Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) has noted with serious concern the media reports relating to the Road Accident Fund (RAF) dealings with road accident victims where the RAF has placed the victim in a position where his/her claim could prescribe in the hands of the Fund.

Webber-WentzelWebber Wentzel excelled at the 2015 Pro Bono Awards. This annual event commenced in 2014 and celebrates the valuable role played by legal practitioners in providing pro bono legal services for the promotion of South African constitutional principles.

LSSAThe Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) has noted media reports on the Commission on Gender Equality’s (CGE) draft report to the President regarding transformation in the judiciary.

Robyn Beckworth e4 marketingExecutive management at global technology services and solutions provider e4 have reiterated the technology company’s ongoing commitment to the non-profit organisation, Pathways. Pathways was established 15 years ago to provide support, education and daily assistance to children with disabilities.

Sabinet South AfricaBeing one of South Africa’s oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education, the University of Pretoria provides a refreshing mix of academic tradition and progressive vision. The latter is brought to life by means of world-class research that results in positive, tangible contributions to both local and global communities.

judge skweyiyaJustice Skweyiya's illustrious career in the law was rooted in a passion for justice and through his sheer commitment, brilliance and application he went on to serve as a Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the apex Court of South Africa.

14-18 september wills week‘If you are a parent, a breadwinner, a homeowner and generally want to ensure that your affairs are in order, it is important that you have a valid will drafted by a professional. A valid will allows you to state your last wishes, who should inherit your assets and property, to appoint an executor of your choice for your estate and also a guardian for your minor children,’ say Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) Co-Chairpersons Busani Mabunda and Richard Scott.

African Legal NetworkLeading African law firm chooses Deltek Maconomy for its pan-African practice to improve matter management, staff utilisation and client interaction. Deltek, the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based businesses, today announced that Kenyan law firm Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K) has chosen Deltek Maconomy to improve matter management, staff utilisation and client interaction.

garlicke-bousfieldGarlicke & Bousfield hosted its annual, much anticipated Women’s Day Breakfast on Thursday, July 23rd at The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga. Guest speaker was South African icon, PJ Powers – an internationally renown musician who has recorded 15 albums and the well known 1995 UK chart hit “World Union”.

Ryan Barlow CTO e4Technology company e4 is thrilled to have had its SearchWorks app selected as a finalist in the prestigious annual MTN Business App of the Year awards. The SearchWorks app, designed to facilitate local search requests for the property and legal fraternity does so quickly and efficiently with 24-hour live results at the user’s fingertips. 

Candice Sutherland SHAThe recent hijacking of a courier van carrying South African citizens’ UK visa application forms has brought to the fore the issue of liability for the loss of these documents, especially if these documents containing sensitive and personal information are used to commit identity theft.

voice recognition ross intelligence ibm watson“I thought back to that big problem lawyers face in their day-to-day work, and how it impacts regular people,” Ovbiagele tells WIRED. “I thought we should apply the capabilities of machine learning to tackle this problem." And so the idea for ROSS Intelligence was born, a voice recognition app powered by IBM Watson, the machine learning service based on the company’s Jeopardy-playing cognitive system, that doles out legal assistance.

MS windows version 1 to 10The history of operating systems with graphical user interfaces is filled with anecdotes of Silicon Valley copying one another’s ideas and getting incensed when their stuff gets ripped off. Or, as Steve Jobs said in an interview in Triumph of the Nerds: “Picasso had a saying… good artists copy, great artists steal.” Microsoft’s Windows operating system is often at the heart of such controversy, with history reflecting how Windows came about as a direct result of the company’s work with Apple on the Macintosh.
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redbricksolutionsRedbrick Solutions have produced this infographic to show a year on year comparison in conveyancing statistics. It is interesting to note that over the last 7 years 1862 conveyancing firms have left the market or merged with others and that 70% of the work is now shared by the 1000 big conveyancing firms, up from 57% in 2007 - that leaves only 30% for the rest to fight over. But they say that volumes are up with a 10 year high!
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pro bono awards 2015On 17 September 2015, Probono.Org will host the second annual ProBono.Org Awards Ceremony at Constitution Hill with Advocate Thuli Madonsela as guest speaker.

conference legal practice management 2015‘It is acknowledged that attorneys are not trained as managers and prefer to do what they are trained to do and enjoy doing, i.e. practice law. Given the current economic climate however, practitioners need to spend more time on managing their practices. What then should practitioners do? The sustainability and profitability of the firm demands that fundamental business processes and principles are applied.

AISSouth African specialist software and IT service provider Assimilated Information Systems Pty Ltd. (AIS) has this year marked ten years of successful operation. The company has established itself as a leading supplier of product, services and support focused on document generation, digital signing, governance and compliance, process management and desktop/ mobile data origination.

natal law societyThe KwaZulu Natal Law Society (KZNLS) welcomes the emphatic statement from the Honourable Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng on the judiciary’s commitment to the Rule of Law.

canon oce acquisition south africaCanon South Africa is pleased to confirm that the process has now been completed, following the Competition Commission of South Africa’s approval of Canon South Africa to acquire Océ South Africa. The acquisition process was completed on 1 July 2015 when Océ SA was formally integrated into Canon SA.

powerhouse dictation south africaTen years on, and still going strong…Limpopo Provincial Legislature gain further workflow efficiencies from Powerhouse Dictation via Winscribe.

probono awards south africaOn 17 September 2015, Probono.Org will host the second annual ProBono.Org Awards Ceremony at Constitution Hill with Advocate Thuli Madonsela as guest speaker.

webinar listen online brand exposure for law firmsI know you all want to believe that this can and hopefully will happen... The very best I can do is give you some tips on increasing your online branding for your law firm while you sit on your butt in your office chair on Tuesday 30th June 2015 at 16:30.

international labour law congress in cape town 2015The 21st ISLSSL Labour Law World Congress will take place from the 15th - 18th September 2015 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, in Cape Town. The South African Society for Labour Law, SASLAW, is honoured to have won the bid to host the World Congress for the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law in Cape Town in September 2015. This is the first time the Congress is being held in South Africa and indeed, in Africa.

KorbitecLexisNexis South Africa, part of RELX Group, has agreed to purchase Korbitec (Pty) Ltd from the Naspers Group for an undisclosed amount. The transaction is subject to approval by the South African Competition Commission. Korbitec is a leading provider of content-enabled workflow solutions for South African property professionals, with two leading products, GhostConvey and Windeed, in addition to its Banking and Municipal services divisions.

uber california driver employerThis ruling changes all that, turning Uber into a transportation startup instead of a logistics software company. That puts the company in a position to face a number of legal obstacles, as well as rising costs of employing those drivers directly and offering them benefits, etc.
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south african society for labour lawThe South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW) is a non-profit organisation. The aim of the Society is to promote the advancement of labour law as a legal and academic discipline, and encourage collaboration between lawyers and other experts within the field of labour law.

what your ISP knows about your internet usageThe Right2Know Campaign recently published its Big Brother Exposed report, which detailed how activists and community leaders have been “monitored and harassed” by South Africa’s intelligence agencies. Media reports further showed that the SA Revenue Service spied on South Africa taxpayers and senior government officials, including former prosecutions boss Vusi Pikoli.
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internet censorship saOnly once in a while does an Internet censorship law or regulation come along that is so audacious in its scope, so misguided in its premises, and so poorly thought out in its execution, that you have to check your calendar to make sure April 1 hasn’t come around again. The Draft Online Regulation Policy recently issued by the Film and Publication Board (FPB) of South Africa is such a regulation. It’s as if the fabled prude Mrs. Grundy had been brought forward from the 18th century, stumbled across on her first excursion online, and promptly cobbled together a law to shut the Internet down. Yes, it’s that bad.
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WolrdshareRecently, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a leading African university implemented OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services (WMS) as its library management system. Many libraries today are looking at ways to change the way they operate and save time and money. WMS offers libraries cost savings, workflow efficiencies and the ability to deliver new value to users.

The-importance-of-social-media-in-law-firmsIn our research to date we have not yet seen or heard the CEO or managing partner of a major firm who really gets social media marketing. Someone willing to get out in front of the issue by publicly acknowledging how it plays a vital role in a lawyer’s and firm’s business development and relationship building efforts. That is up until now! Yesterday we were delighted when Bloomberg’s new website and newsletter Big Law Business, published a video interview with Carter Phillips, the Chair of Sidley Austin’s Executive Committee in which he talks about the marketing efforts of his firm, and directly addresses the importance of social media.
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long term thinking for law firmsAt one time, the legal industry was about long-term relationships. A law firm would help form a company. The close relationship between the lawyer and the company meant that the company consulted the lawyer on big decisions. Often, the lawyer became a member of the company’s board of directors. As the years rolled forward, a lawyer from the firm might take the general counsel position in the company and manage the day-to-day relationship between the company and the firm performing the services. The general counsel position would be handed down to the next former partner and so on, almost as an inheritance. The relationships between law firms and companies lasted for decades. In some instances, these relationships (absent lawyers sitting on the company’s board and automatically going from the law firm to general counsel role) still exist.
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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).

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