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 hustler.com 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).

social media law courts south africaShe’s been described as the Dr. Eve of social media, ready with that much-needed reality check just before we send out a message into the world that one day will come back to haunt us. Invited to SXSW to talk about South Africa’s first trial by social media, Memeburn had the opportunity to sit down with Emma Sadleir at one of Austin’s most opulent hotels, the Driskill.
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getsmarter paralegal course 2015Paralegals, also known as legal assistants or secretaries, fill an essential role in the South African legal system. Those hoping to enter this fast-growing profession need to have a combination of relevant industry knowledge, specialist technical expertise and administrative ability. This highly practical 16-week short course equips you with a broad knowledge of South African legislation and gives you a foundation on which to build the knowledge and expertise required for specific paralegal work.
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e4March brought with it an exciting development within the e4 Group, with the launch of a legal subsidiary focussed on attorney solutions. The new subsidiary, e4 Legal Studio, will have national presence with its head office based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

typewriter repairOn a recent bleak, winter afternoon in the Flatiron District Paul Schweitzer was once again hard at work, trying to breathe life into a black, jazz-age Underwood typewriter. Behind his spectacles was a furrowed brow and behind that was a tangle of keys, steel, carrying cases and filing cabinets of rollers, spools, levers and keys, a morgue of mechanical guts.
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LSSAThe Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) voices serious concern at the recent sweeping statements made by the Minster of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and other organisations in the healthcare sector, regarding the possible limitation of the right to fair compensation of medical malpractice victims and the role of lawyers in these claims.

cybersecurityThis past week, I attended and presented at LegalTech New York. It was my first experience at this conference and I got the feeling it was a bit of an anomaly to have someone from the cybersecurity field there as well. That being said, I had some great conversations, listened to some fantastic presentations, and presented on a panel about how cybersecurity and information governance are converging. Overall, I left the conference with some really valuable information.
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best-law-firm-websites-2015This year we had over 100 nominations for the best law firm website of 2015. With the help of Lawyerist contributors Gyi Tsakalakis, Andrew Cabasso, and Karin Conroy, Sam and Aaron narrowed the list to the ten best.
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Ernest Kleynhans2015 represents a monumental year for local specialist software and IT service provider Assimilated Information Systems Pty Ltd. (AIS). The company will reach a milestone by marking nine years of successful operation.

electricity theftNon-technical losses also include non-payment, fraud, pre-paid electricity vouchers from stolen vending machines, and illegal electrification schemes. About 32% of all electricity delivered by City Power Johannesburg is lost to theft and non-payment, according to electricity expert and director of EE Publishers Chris Yelland. If these non-technical losses could be eliminated, peak demand would be reduced enough to completely eliminate the need for load shedding, Yelland said.
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2015 law firm predictions"Thanks to the recession and other grim economic realities, law firms have done a good job of trimming the fat. Now they need to build muscle mass. In 2015, I see more firms using big data to improve attorney and staff performance and to enhance client engagement.  Instead of ceding ground to online legal services providers, firms should hire some 25-year-old millennial whiz kids who understand the Internet and social media and find a meaningful way to compete with the LegalZooms and RocketLawyers of the universe. Firms that ignore market realities do so at their peril," says Lori Tripoli, J.D. of Contemporary Law Office Management.
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ross legal research onlineIf you like Mike Ross, the brilliant pretend-lawyer on the popular TV show Suits, you’re in luck because now there’s an app for that. Students at the University of Toronto are behind the new app, named Ross after the TV character, and they say it may not get rid of lawyers but it is sure to become “a major disruption” in the legal profession. Ask Ross a legal question using lay language, just like you’d ask a colleague, and it will turn billions of documents into snippets of answers for you in a matter of seconds.
Read more at Law Times News...

econveyancingThe biggest revolution of the conveyancing system in Ireland since the creation of the State has begun with the start of the implementation phase of the Law Society’s eConveyancing project. eConveyancing will make all interactions between solicitors, lenders and the Property Registration Authority (PRA) entirely electronic for the first time and will greatly reduce transaction times and costs while increasing security and transparency.
Read more at the Law Society of Ireland's website...

IBM Watson for Law firmsLawyers have been thinking for a while about whether artificial intelligence would ever start to displace or complement lawyers. Richard Susskind, the leading legal futurist/technologist, did his work in this area starting in the mid-1980s. In the August issue of the ABA Journal, one of the commenters to an article about LegalZoom feared: “Once we have fully artificial intelligence enhanced programs like LegalZoom, there will be no need for lawyers, aside from the highly specialized and expensive large-law-firm variety.
Read the full article at the ABAJournal.com...

telvivaTelviva, Connection Telecom’s market-leading hosted communications platform, has been making massive inroads as the core switching application for hosted contact centres of late.

Southern African Compliance AwardsTechnology solutions powerhouse e4 Strategic (Pty) Ltd has been identified as the “Best GRC Solution Provider” in Southern Africa having won the award at the prestigious 2014 Southern Africa Compliance Awards at a ceremony at Monte Casino on 18 November.

docclyThe South African leg of the DocuSign Signature City Tour 2014 took place in Johannesburg on 13 November, 2014 when local businesses had the opportunity to join the digital transformation and learn how companies worldwide are seeing improved efficiency and huge cost savings by keeping business digital with DocuSign.

bighandBigHand, the market leading productivity software vendor in the global legal and professional services sector, has announced that it has been awarded the ‘Infrastructure Innovation of the Year’ at the UK IT Industry Awards.

garlicke-bousfieldThe Durban Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) and Garlicke & Bousfield Inc will be hosting their third International Business Dialogue meeting at 16:00 on Tuesday 18th of November at Garlicke & Bousfield’s offices in La Lucia Ridge.

ajsAJS is proud to announce the release of the Smart Office Toolbar as an add-on for Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 & 2013. The Smart Office Toolbar allows AJS users to access the AJS system from within Microsoft Outlook, Excel & Word (MS Office).

simon slaterSouth African ICT solutions and services company e4 has taken its training to a new level and launched their new eAcademy, complete with the latest in digital technology, to provide clients with comprehensive training on all e4 solutions.

fax machines may come back to law firmsIt looked like the fax machine going the way of the tape deck and discman, but the New Zealand Law Society says the technology could be about to have a comeback. Hackers have been targeting law firms and client's email systems and issuing false instructions, says the society's financial assurance manager Jeremy Kennerley.
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