Innovating Justice by Hiil 2018

Legal disruptors - do you have an enterprise, startup or just an idea that will improve access to justice for people around the world? The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) wants to hear from you, as it opens its Call for Applications for the Innovating Justice Challenge 2018.

Pierre Aurel from e4

South Africa’s ongoing education crisis, specifically access to schooling and learning material has been well publicised. Government has responded with subsidy offers, but simply providing financial aid does not solve the crisis that South Africa faces. Compounding the issue is the fact that universities are at capacity, with no new plans to build more facilities.

Sameer Kumandan from e4 Data

Software as a Service specialist, e4, has successfully met the National Credit Regulator (NCR) requirements and is now an accredited reseller credit bureau. This announcement falls in line with the relevant provisions of amended National Credit Act, 2005, which requires any business that receives reports containing consumer credit information, other than information that is in the public domain, must be registered.

Law Society of South Africa logo

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) welcomes yesterday’s judgment by the Gauteng High Court: Pretoria relating to the SADC Tribunal.

Global Legal Hackathon wraps up

The world's largest collaborative lawtech co-creation event, Global Legal Hackathon, has drawn to a close, with thousands of people in 42 cities around the world coming together to build solutions to the most pressing justice problems we face over the course of a single weekend.

Philips Dictation

Philips and Powerhouse Dictation Systems would like to invite all lawyers and paralegals to their product and market education session being held in Cape Town at the Bridgeway Mountain View Room, Century City on the 14th March 2018 at 4pm.

In March 2017, ProBono.Org established a Divorce Help Desk at the Johannesburg Regional Court, which operates every Tuesday from 09h00 to 12h00.


The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) welcomes the decision by the NEC of the African National Conference (ANC) to recall the President of the Republic amid all the allegations of corruption related to the imminent reinstatement of the ‘spy tapes’ criminal charges, and the allegations around complicity in state capture.

Proxi smart vs LSSA

Pretoria - A legal battle has erupted between a company which said it has a business model which could deal with the day to day administrative aspects of property transfers and the legal fraternity, on the other hand, who says transfers are in law reserved to conveyances or legal practitioners.
Read more at IOL...


Libraries across the globe support and inspire the communities they engage with. They play a pivotal role in promoting the advancement of knowledge and yet are faced with an array of challenges that affect service delivery. From limited resources to rapidly changing user needs, libraries need to constantly find ways to save time and money while improving their workflows and delivering new value to users.

Anjarwalla & Khanna Law Firm

A&K, one of Africa’s biggest firms and Africa’s Law Firm of the year, required a solution to optimise the management of the practice & provide meaningful business insight. After a careful selection, it selected Silversoft with Deltek’s Maconomy Enterprise Solution for Law Firms to achieve growth.

Global Legal Hackathon Johannesburg

The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) is pleased to announce that it is bringing the prestigious event for legal and justice innovators, Global Legal Hackathon, to South Africa for the first time this February.

Pierre Aurel

Freelancing has found a new name in the digital era. A ‘Gig’ is simply a task performed as a once-off freelancing job, but because the trend towards freelancing has grown so significantly, a new economy has been born: the ‘Gig Economy’. Internationally, it has grown at a rapid pace with independent workers within Europe regarded as the fastest growing group in the EU labour market.

AI vs humans

Eight hundred million jobs wiped out by 2030. Computers to replace five million Australian jobs within two decades. Massive job losses because of automation. These alarming headlines are hitting the front pages of media. And if you believe these doomsday predictions, the future for Australians, especially those at school or in higher education, looks dire. But is it?
Read more at The Australian Business Review...

Baker McKenzie Global Dawn Raid App

Baker McKenzie has launched an expanded version of its Global Dawn Raid App, a mobile application that, across 44 countries, provides clients experiencing a raid with real-time step-by-step guidance on their rights and obligations, as well as instant access to Baker McKenzie lawyers.

reboot your law firm for 2018

My last business trip of 2017 was to Atlanta for the inaugural Reboot Your Firm for 2018, presented by the Atlanta Legal Tech Community at Industrious in Ponce City Market.  The full-day event was designed to inspire solo and small firms to start 2018 with some new tools, in a tech-savvy and streamlined manner. Below are the top five takeaways from the event.
Read more at Above the Law...

Julian von Klemperer

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) is saddened at the untimely passing of Pietermaritzburg attorney and former LSSA Co-Chairperson, Julian von Klemperer, on 9 January 2018 at the age of 71.

Zimbabwe Lawyers International

ZIMBABWEANS practising law across the globe have formed an association with a view to sponsor underprivileged, but brilliant youths aspiring to join the legal profession. Zimbabwe Lawyers International (ZLI), founded by a London-based lawyer, Mrs Caroline Mugova-Pfupajena, officially launched its Zimbabwe Chapter at a cocktail held in Harare on Friday.
Read more at The Herald...

Failed Technology in SA during 2017

This past year saw significant failures in South Africa’s technology and telecommunications sectors. The government’s failed spectrum policy was a recurring theme this year, with the Minister of Telecommunications and the mobile operators battling over spectrum and the planned WOAN. The biggest tech failures in South Africa of 2017 are listed below.
Read more at MyBroadband...

Future technology for law firms in 2018

The Lawyer’s Daily, spoke to firms with strong technology practices about what their predictions were for the upcoming year in legal tech.
Read more at The Lawyer's Daily...

Winners of the Innovating Justice Event 2017

Two startups from Southern Africa won top honours at The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law’s annual Innovating Justice Forum in December, when they were declared the winner and runner-up of the global Innovating Justice Challenge 2017.

Legaltech 2018 vision

Ari Kaplan speaks with some participants from the LexisNexis Accelerator Program for legal technology startups. They are: Ryan Alshak, the CEO of Ping, Alex Hewitt, the director of operations for vTestify, Tunji Williams, the co-founder and CEO of dealWIP, as well as David Schnurman, the CEO of Lawline and author of the upcoming book, Break through Your Walls: Bring Your Entrepreneurial Sledgehammer.
Read more at ABA Journal...

Partners Andrew Taylor and Kyle Torrington

Legal Legends is providing solutions for SMEs who cannot afford legal services for their businesses. Describing itself as Africa’s, first legal eCommerce website, Legal Legends offers affordable legal services for entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses. Interesting enough and quite refreshing is the fact that their services are offered at fixed upfront prices.

Pierre Aurel, Strategic Project Manager at e4

Once the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (PoPI Act) is made effective, companies will have a year’s grace period to become compliant with the Act. In the meantime, agreements between corporate clients and their suppliers are already being updated to require compliance with data processing provisions contained in the PoPI Act.

Webber Wentzel Ignite Programme

Entrepreneurs, start-ups and scale-ups are a lifeline to South Africa’s economy.  It is however a harsh environment and many entrepreneurs find themselves in a situation where they are wearing many hats and navigating potential pitfalls without the knowledge that many professionals have from years of experience.

Law Society of Northern Provinces

The Law Society of Northern Provinces (LSNP) has noted the criticism raised against the judiciary from various quarters following the judgment, given by a full Bench in the matter between Corruption Watch & others versus the President in the Gauteng Division of the High Court (Pretoria), with dismay. 

The value of a lawyer today

‘What’s a lawyer worth?’ is a serious question that could also launch a stand-up routine. In a free market economy, compensation is generally linked to the value of the service; supply and demand; complexity/specialization; and urgency/available resources. Law has operated as a guild-- not a competitive market—until recently. And that is the seminal reason why lawyers are so expensive.
Read more at Forbes...

DLA Piper launches Accelerate

DLA Piper has launched Accelerate, a website devoted to founders, entrepreneurs, startups, emerging growth companies and the investor community. Accelerate offers technology-enabled tools and services for the initial phases of a company's development, as well as guidance and best practices on how to position new companies for growth and success.

NuvaLaw opening office in Holland

Cape Town legaltech startup NuvaLaw yesterday signed an agreement with The Hague Business Agency and other Dutch authorities to set up in Leiden, The Netherlands to initially partner with large insurance companies in the European country, especially in The Hague and Leiden. The startup is one of three South African companies that will open offices in The Hague region, the Hague Business Agency said in a press release.
Read more at Ventureburn...

Feedback technology for judges

In a chat with New Telegraph, Legal Technologies Company, LawPavilion’s Managing Director, Mr. Ope Olugasa, said the technology which was developed while working closely with the Court of Appeal, the Appellate Feedback System for Judges (AFSJ), was conceptualized by the company in response to obvious need by High Court Judges to be promptly notified when matters ruled upon went on appeal had been decided upon by appellate Courts.
Read more at New Telegraph Online...

Law Society of South Africa

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) takes serious issue with statements made by the Higher Education Transformation Network (HETN) that the LSSA has pressurised the Council for Higher Education (CHE) to withdraw the accreditation of the law faculty at Walter Sisulu University to present the LLB degree. ‘Nothing could be further from the truth,’ say LSSA Co-Chairpersons Walid Brown and David Bekker.

Greg Brown (right), Divisional Director of LexisNexis Data Services, receiving the award from Phumelele Motsoahae

LexisNexis Legal & Professional, a leading global provider of information and analytics, saw its LexisNexis South Africa operation announced as Winner of the prestigious Innovation through Technology award at the 15th annual National Business Awards, held on 16 November at Emperors Palace. The company was up against impressive contenders including runner-up AECOM, Sentech and Dell Computers.

Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association

This app will facilitate the access to labour and environmental laws for the mine workers and affected rural communities in Zimbabwe, a network of online mobile hubs would be managed by the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA).

Baker McKenzie

The Constitutional Court this week handed down judgment in a matter that will be of interest to parties who contract with state owned companies. On 27 September 2006, the State Information Technology Agency SOC Ltd ("SITA") entered into an agreement with Gijima Holdings (Pty) Ltd ("Gijima") in terms of which Gijima would provide information technology services ("IT services") to the South African Police Services ("SAPS agreement").

Comic Contracts by Robert de Rooy

Comic Contracts creates legally binding visual contracts for vulnerable people, which reduces contract inequality, improves understanding and aligns mutual expectations.

CLS AGM in East London 2017

The Cape Law Society annual general meeting and gala dinner was held at the Hemingways Hotel and Conference Centre last Friday and Saturday in East London.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg has announced it will offer three external candidates a place on the firm’s Practice Management Training (PMT) programme for new partners in 2018. PMT is offered by the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) and now also in-house by Baker McKenzie, through a Joint Training Agreement with the LSSA.

Lady Liberty South Africa

A '1st in South Africa' mobile legal office, taking law to marginalised women by traveling to poor remote areas, and virtually by using mobile technology.

SchoemanLaw Inc

In an entrepreneur’s life, access to speedy and reliable legal services are crucial. Legal solutions must keep up with the pace of a business and if it can’t, the reality is that it is not considered at all. If not considered, there is a real risk which, statistically, is one of the main causes of business failure. In the case of a start-up or SME, this often means the end of an idea or a dream.

Simon Colman

In South Africa alone, 16 million people use Facebook, 7.7 million are on Twitter and LinkedIn has 6.1 million users, according to the Ornico SA Social Media Landscape report for 2018. By simply using these platforms, all these millions of users unknowingly expose themselves to possible law suits, which could cost them hundreds of thousands of rands in legal defence costs or pay-outs if found guilty.

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