We’ve rounded up a healthy roundup of articles or blog posts summarizing this year’s 2016 Legal Tech Show, otherwise known to many conference goers as, #LTNY16. In keeping with our tradition, this conference wrap-up includes quotes, quips and, of course, session summaries.
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Allen & Overy, one of the leading international law firms, has officially launched it's new South African office in Johannesburg, the key hub for its sub-Saharan operations. The firm’s focus in sub-Saharan Africa has been on the banking and financing sectors, as well as advising on projects in the mining sector on transactions that have included many of large ticket deals in the South African market since opening.
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On Friday, 22 January 2016, on the day that marked the occasion of the Day of the Endangered Lawyers in The Hague, Netherlands, South Africa saw one of its own lawyers, Nico Du Plessis attacked by a mob of angry community members outside the Nkomazi Magistrates Court in Tonga, Mpumalanga. He was attacked because he represented two men accused of kidnapping a three‐year old girl, Lutricia Nkentjane on 29 November 2015.
The video clip which is doing rounds in the social networks showing Mpumalanga Advocate being assaulted by a mob of people who disapprove of him representing his clients is a cause of serious concern to the Black Lawyers Association (BLA) in particular and the legal profession at large.
The Day of the Endangered Lawyers takes place today, Friday 22 January 2016, this year in The Hague, Netherlands. The purpose of the Day of the Endangered Lawyer is a call for attention on that day to threatened human rights lawyers with special attention to one designated country. This year’s call comes to aid the severely endangered state of advocacy in Honduras.
Money talks, or should we say money attracts people’s attention, especially when it is about your own salary benchmarks. Legal secretary salary survey results topped the top 10 list and also featured a number of times when we illustrated the results in different sectors – basically 4 of the top 10 were about the salary results.
This year, the South African School of Paralegal Studies has trained 153 delegates through in-house training seminars in the banking sector, where our specialist services in paralegal training developed the skills and competencies of employees. Our training can be conducted in-house at a venue provided by the organisation, which suits many corporate clients, or we can arrange seminars at one of our training venues. Also see the courses that are available in 2016.
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The beauty of the cloud is the promise of simplification and standardization — without regard to physical or geographic boundaries. It’s this “any time, any place, any device” flexibility that is driving rapid adoption. However, new government regulations on data sovereignty threaten to complicate the delivery model that has made cloud computing attractive, presenting new concerns for companies with operations in multiple countries.
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On the 23rd to the 25th of February 2015, Professor Dane Ally and Mrs Van Coller, of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), conducted the first National Conference on the Promotion of Paralegals in South Africa. The conference inter alia, tackled the challenges paralegals are faced with. The purpose of the conference was to promote paralegals in South Africa.
The AJS staffers can be extremely proud of themselves. The number of boxes given to the Santa Shoebox project more than doubled that of last year. “We aim to double this again next year,” says Anli Venter, senior support consultant at AJS. We want to involve the AJS client base more next year and will be sending out the challenge to all AJS customers.”
Considering all the recent hype around the building at 317 Currie Road it may be helpful for the public to understand the simple and well established legal principles in town planning which have thus far not been emphasised. The present situation is governed by the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act No 103 of 1977 (‘the Act’) and the Town Planning Ordinance No 27 of 1949 (‘the Ordinance’).
LexisNexis South Africa – a member of the RELX Group and a leading global provider of content and technology solutions – has conferred its Rule of Law Champion Award on two leaders in the legal sector, Judge Dennis Davis and Nic Swart, chief executive officer of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA). The awards were presented at the company’s year-end event on 18 November 2015.
The Lawyers Weekly Legal Market Update survey, conducted in conjunction with the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association, asked readers to cite the most frustrating aspects of their practice. A significant portion of respondents identified changing client expectations as a major challenge. One respondent suggested their clients often had “excessive, unrealistic demands” while another suggested “clients increasingly expect something for nothing”.
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Cognitive computing could be used to suggest which arguments in court might play well or badly with a particular judge at a given time of day, according to a senior member of IBM’s Watson development team, although she outlined a number of more benign uses for the technology. Speaking at the Legal Futures Annual Innovation Conference in London this week, Kyla Moran, senior consultant, Watson Industry Leadership, said Watson could in future be listening to conversations with clients and giving advice, dealing with paperwork, and so on, potentially providing new business insights gleaned from the vast amounts of data generated by law firms.
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The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) expresses its solidarity with our colleagues in Lesotho and also its serious concern at reports from our colleagues of threats being experienced by lawyers and judges involved in matters relating to Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) soldiers who were alleged to have mutinied earlier this year.
Among a row of business offices in Sunninghill, Sandton, sits an unnamed, unnumbered three-storey building. It seems out of place: against the backdrop of tall trees and built in a style resembling early 1900s architecture, it could be on a European university campus. But the peaceful premises on a hectare of land are protected by electric fencing and security cameras and houses what could be described as a formidable crime-fighting unit: this is 25 Tambach Road, home to the Office of Interception Centres (OIC).
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The 2015 rendition of the Webber Wentzel Legal Journalist of the Year Awards took place on Wednesday, 4 November 2015. Since 1999 the awards have been acknowledging the important role which journalists play in promoting knowledge of the judiciary and understanding of the country’s civil and criminal justice systems.
The CCTV camera footage released to public recently once again displayed the horrific and brutal disregard of human life by some members of the South African Police Services. Black Lawyers Association has been consistently vocal against police brutality.
Integration 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.
I&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.
Mintek 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.
Top 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.
The 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 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.
Software 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 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.
The 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 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.
The 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.
Executive 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.
Being 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.
Justice 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.
‘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.
Leading 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 & 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”.
Technology 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.
The 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.
“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.
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The 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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