SAAAThe South African Attorneys Association (SAAA) condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the recent murder of a person on the pavement outside the Court and in full view of a large crowd of bystanders. A Senior Advocate (also a witness) immediately alerted several Metro police officers, but they seemed reluctant to intervene.

lexisnexislogo[DURBAN, 25 November 2013] – LexisNexis South Africa (, a leading provider of content and technology solutions for the professional, academic and government sectors, today marked a new milestone in its drive to modernise and improve technology at South African courts.

kenyaAfrica may be a continent of opportunity for businesses around the world, but Kenya is still Kenya—innovatively corrupt. Case in point: Kenyan police officers allegedly have started collecting bribes using their mobile phones, the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission uncovered recently after discovering their cash flow.

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big handFor the first time ever the BigHand Annual Roadshow is coming to South Africa. The roadshow is an opportunity for legal IT professionals to find out how the latest developments in digital dictation, mobility and speech recognition can help drive operational efficiencies, reduce costs and improve productivity at their firms.

lexisnexislogoHuman trafficking is one of the most under reported issues in South Africa and across the world, with South Africa serving as a major source, transit and destination country for trafficked women and children.

SAAAThe South African Attorneys Association (SAAA) recognizes the need for the transformation of the legal profession and welcomes the progress made with the Legal Practice Bill, which was passed by the National Assembly yesterday. It is also grateful that many of the recommendations of the organised attorneys’ profession have been accepted and included in the final Bill.

social mediaFacebook has become the biggest social network in South Africa, seeing its strongest growth yet in the past year – and overtaking Mxit for the first time.

adobe hackedThe California-based software multinational acknowledged that data from some 38 million users had been compromised, far more than the 2.9 million originally estimated earlier.
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whitecanyonUS software company WhiteCanyon, with headquarters for EMEA and Asia based in Germany, has announced the appointment of SeKure-IT in Johannesburg as Southern African distributor for their secure and certified data deletion software.

apple vs notebook companyApple has demanded a South African reseller, The Notebook Company, hand over a handful of website domains in its use. The Pretoria-based company currently owns a number of domains including,, and, using them as blogs containing links to their online store. Apple have also asked for the domains of and to be transferred.

SAAAJudicial independence is a requirement demanded by the Constitution in the public interest, since without that protection judges may not be, or be seen by the public to be, able to perform their duties without fear or favour.

Connection Tel buttonVoice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) offers proven quality under the right conditions (managed access makes a big difference). It is extremely cost-effective to run and comes with rich unified communications possibilities. 

lexisnexislogoFinancial advisors, lawyers and accountants in the country specialising in trusts can look forward to the 2013 Trust Seminars that kick off in October around the country. The seminars will be hosted by leading content and technology provider, LexisNexis South Africa.

vm Consulting squareVM Consulting, solution providers and distributors of the M-Files solution in South Africa announced today that M-Files have been recognized in 2013 Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management (ECM).

PEXAThe national electronic conveyancing platform created through the Property Exchange Australia (PEXA) system will allow land registries, banks and conveyancers to transact together online and will create greater transparency for property buyers and sellers. PEXA was designed to remove the manual processes and paperwork associated with the current transfer of property by allowing land registries, banks and conveyancers to transact together online.

Best-technology-project-winnersDLA Piper wins this category for its Next Generation Desktop program, a system that provides a fast, functional and reliable workspace for its users across Emea and the Asia Pacific. Runner up Eversheds ranked highly based on the launch of the big data-utilising reputation management tool Eversheds Big View. Taylor Wessing takes third place after utilising its own in-house knowledge to launch a cloud-based brand protection service for clients.
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FireFly Logo 150x150Leading law firm STBB has decided to implement the AVID Firefly conveyancing costs calculator software for Smartphones across all of their branches.

sarsEven though there are a good couple of speed bumps in the road, the current fact is that law firms need to submit the IT3b - client interest data to SARS as laid out in the Government Gazette 35090 and 36346.

FlahertyCaseyD. Casey Flaherty deals mostly with Kia Motors America's outside law firms, and he often delivers this jolt: "I genuinely believe that partners' billing rates are too low." But the corporate counsel follows with this: " ... at least compared to billing rates for associates."
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lexpromtLexprompt LLC has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its Intelligent Writing Software — LP Writer. This application will help professionals and students to write, research, and innovate. As Lexprompt’s team puts it, as you write, LP Writer will put relevant text and information at your fingertips.

Canon expoCanon SA has confirmed the dates for this year’s highly anticipated Canon SA Expo and also announced a few very exciting additions to the 2013 event.

why the nokia microsoft deal is doomedLast week, Microsoft announced it was purchasing the 150-year-old Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia for $7.2 billion. That's a large check to write -- even considering Microsoft's enormous cash reserves -- and follows the software maker's $900 million write-off for unsold Windows Surface tablets.
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Law comfort packsAnnually, during the month of August, LAW Property hosts events for its female clientele in association with women focused charities. The events generate much needed awareness and support for these charities.

sarsThere is some confusion in the legal fraternity about the submission of IT3(b) data from their clients’ investments to SARS.

winscribe dictation in cloudHynes Lawyers and its subsidiary legal business process outsourcing company, Diversify BPO, have rolled out Winscribe’s cloud-based dictation solution, the company announced recently.

netdocumentsNetDocuments today announced Nixon Peabody LLP, a Global 100 corporate law firm, will use NetDocuments’ cloud-based enterprise solution to meet its document and email management, collaboration and security needs.
“As a firm focused on the future, technology is integral to our operations and provides a competitive advantage,” said Mike Green, chief information officer at Nixon Peabody.
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lexisnexislogoAnalysis of the South African legal market shows that while the need for deep research remains a key aspect of the legal profession, there is an increasing need for practical know-how and transactional documents.

Elite has own social networking siteThomson Reuters announced something last week that I cannot think of any other vendor having done in the legal industry – the launch of a social network tied exclusively to a group of products. The Thomson Reuters Elite Community, as it is called, will serve as a platform for customers of its Elite group of products to connect with each other in order to share ideas and ask questions.
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how law firms billHow much do lawyers charge their clients? What about paralegals? Are they moving over to alternative fee arrangements, or does the hourly rate still rule?
Read more at the Rocket Matter blog...

eavesdropperwifiYou’ve probably read at least one story with warnings about using unsecure public Wi-Fi hotspots, so you know that eavesdroppers can capture information traveling over those networks. But nothing gets the point across as effectively as seeing the snooping in action. So I parked myself at my local coffee shop the other day to soak up the airwaves and see what I could see.
Read more at PC World...

newsBaker & McKenzie is by some measures the world's largest law firm. Currently it has approximately 10,000 lawyers and support staff in 73 offices in 46 countries. The geographic distribution, and cultural and language differences, make any global system project challenging. But replacing a core system can be especially harrowing. Fortunately, our story has a happy ending, as we successfully developed and deployed Microsoft Corp.'s Office 2010, including new templates.
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open sourceOpen source software (OSS) has come a long way since the 1990s and early 2000s, when it was considered a risky investment for enterprises.

SA post officeAfter four years in the planning, the post office has unveiled Trust Centre, a digital authentication service that provides reassurance of legitimacy in digital transactions and communications. Trust Centre serves as a certificate authority (CA) that issues digital certificates and holds the public key infrastructure (PKI) that provides user authentication and ensures trust, and legal status, in electronic transactions and communications.
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labour law conference 2013Jointly organised by the Universities of Cape Town, Witwatersrand and KwaZulu-Natal, the Annual Labour Law Conference is the largest of its kind in Southern Africa and attracts the attendance of some 1000 labour practitioners and human resources professionals.

Mark HeyinkSouth Africa may be decades behind most European countries regarding implementing privacy laws to protect citizens from the likes of data leaks, says an information attorney. Speaking at a cloud computing briefing in Johannesburg, information attorney and information security consultant Mark Heyink said last month’s cyber-attack on a South African Police Service (SAPS) database, which exposed over 16,000 whistleblowers’ details, is an “outrage”.
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windows phone app store billed to vodacom billNokia and Vodacom today announced that, through their ongoing collaboration, consumers across South Africa are now able to purchase content from Windows Store with billing directly to their mobile phone account.

blackberry 10 devicesBlackBerry  has announced that international law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has chosen to deploy 500 BlackBerry® 10 devices and BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 to its employees.

school of lawThe South Africa Law Deans Association (SALDA), the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) and the General Council of the Bar of South Africa (GCB) welcome the positive spirit as well as constructive and frank contributions made by all the stakeholders who attended the Summit on the LLB degree in Kempton Park on 29 May 2013.

internet societyThe Africa Domain Name System (DNS) Forum will be held on 12 - 13 July 2013 in Durban, South Africa. The event aims to establish a platform for the DNS community across Africa and to advance the domain name industry and domain name registrations on the continent.

olympusWith a score of 6 Dragons from Nuance, producer of Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition software, Olympus further strengthens its position as market leader for professional dictation solutions.

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