When it comes to good corporate governance, “the power is no longer in the boardroom. It is in the smartphone.” This was the key takeaway from a recent compliance business breakfast, hosted by LexisNexis South Africa at its Durban head office, where guest speaker, Michael Judin emphasised the influence of the digital revolution on the King IV™ Report on Corporate Governance.
It is with deep shock and sadness that the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) announces the untimely death of its Chief Executive Officer and Director of Legal Education and Development (LEAD), Nic Swart at the age of 63.
As the digitisation of the customer experience is becoming a leading priority for most industries, Sybrin is hard at work enhancing their digital business platforms. These platforms will enable their customers to not only meet their clients’ expectations, but also to reduce excessive costs, whilst ensuring compliance in the fast-changing regulatory environment. To this end, Sybrin has formed partnerships with both AIS and LAWtrust, to empower its innovative client and product on-boarding platform.
The KwaZulu-Natal Law Society announces that after noting that Mrs Claudette Sigamoney who resides in Durban, was not registered as an attorney with the society, launched application to the High Court of South Africa, Pietermaritzburg on 24 April 2017 to prevent her from holding herself out to be an attorney.
The rise of the FinTech industry may herald a significant upheaval to the financial services industry, and significant opportunities (and risks) await those who wish to participate. Novel data processing techniques are a key aspect of many FinTech businesses and with such a rapid pace of innovation, there is a concomitant rise in the risk of data breaches. It is vital for FinTech companies to be aware of their obligations in the event of a data breach.
For three days in July, civil society and interested members of the public will come together to grapple with the contemporary social and political challenges that the public interest legal profession are tackling in South Africa today.
The Black Lawyers Association (BLA) is deeply appalled by the media reports that Transnet, a state-owned company, has appointed Werksmans Attorneys, a white law firm, to oversee a board-level probe into allegations of corruption relating to its purchase of locomotives for China South Rail (CSR).
HAVAÍC and Drive Revenue are pleased to announce that Drive Revenue (Pty) Ltd (“Drive” or the “Company”) has, with the assistance of HAVAÍC, successfully closed its first external funding round underpinned by overseas investors.
Tech4Law has been adding value to law firms in Southern Africa since 2008, delivering valuable practice management, technology and marketing information to law firms every week. Here is a quick reminder on what Tech4Law offers lawyers in our region…
Reducing liability and business risk in an ever-changing environment can be challenging for most organisations. No matter what industry your business is in, compliance is an essential part of operations. Enforcing compliancy can save your organisation millions of rands in fines, increases productivity and reduces court cases in our current landscape where anything can happen.
There used to be a time when compliance was treated as a secondary business function. Today, however, keeping up with regulatory requirements has evolved into a significant organisational function, often requiring an entire team of compliance and legal professionals to fulfil its workload.
The dynamic nature of a democracy means that government must constantly adapt to a changing political, economic and societal climate.
This is a reminder to book your spot as we uncover the real state of the nation. As leaders in Parliamentary Monitoring services, Sabinet invites you to join us as top financial speaker Alec Hogg shares his analysis and insights. Wednesday 14th June 2017 at Gallagher Convention Centre.
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Visabot, TagDox, Separate.us, Ping, and JuriLytics chosen after rigorous evaluation of 40+ applicants. LexisNexis today announced the first five participants in its new Silicon Valley legal tech accelerator program, which was created to give startups a leg up in the rapidly expanding legal tech industry. In line with LexisNexis' broader vision to transform the way law is practiced, each of the accelerator participants is uniquely innovating in distinct areas of the law.
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Following hot on the heels of the launch of Webber Wentzel's Legal Services Centre in November 2016, the firm is rolling out a firm-wide initiative to improve efficiency through the introduction of tailored Legal Project Management (LPM) training for all of its lawyers and staff.
Although the first recorded May Day celebration in South Africa dates back to 1895, we have only officially celebrated Worker’s Day since 1994. We recognise this day, in South Africa and in 80 countries around the world, in an effort to ensure fair labour practices and employment standards for all workers.
Each year, newly qualified advocates from previously disadvantaged backgrounds are selected for a lucrative start-up sponsorship from LexisNexis South Africa as part of the company’s Advocate Advancement Programme (AAP). The programme has benefited around 200 recipients since inception five years ago, representing a total investment of over R10 million from LexisNexis.
Software as a Service company, e4, says that digitisation has led to its South African-based technology being launched in Australia. Ryan Barlow, Chief Technology Officer, e4, says that while the company has made significant inroads locally with its business automation and digtial solutions, the Australian banking sector has identified the increasing need for the automation of core banking processes and other digital solutions.
The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) once again reiterates its previous condemnation against any attack on the judiciary. In particular, we now again strongly condemn the disturbing personal attack by a branch of the ANC Youth League and by Mr Mzwanele Manyi, on Judge Bashier Vally as a result of Judge Vally’s judgment against President Zuma, in the North Gauteng High Court last week.
Leading global provider of content and technology solutions, LexisNexis South Africa, has announced the official opening of a new office in Port Elizabeth – the fast-rising software development city in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.
The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) notes the resignation of High Court Judge Mabel Jansen, as announced by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development yesterday. The now infamous comments by Judge Jansen on social media have been correctly condemned in all sectors of our society.
The Council of The Cape Law Society has noted with grave concern the recent report in the Daily Dispatch where MEC Belinda Francis Scott is quoted, inter alia, as saying that attorneys are “not only criminal, but parasitical. They are vultures”.
Cape Town attorney Walid Brown and Harrismith attorney David Bekker were elected Co-Chairpersons of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) at its annual general meeting on 22 April 2017.
According to the Gemalto Breach Level Index, released in March 2017, South Africa experienced nine reported security breaches in 2016. Across Africa, 45.2 million records were stolen in 2016, compared with 38.5 million in 2015. Africa had 17 data breaches in total, compared with six in 2015.
Intapp, a global leader in legal software, has announced that Webber Wentzel, a leading law firm in South Africa, has selected Intapp Time as the firm’s new time recording system. In a continued drive towards enhancing client service delivery and embracing a more digital office environment, Webber Wentzel has chosen Intapp Time to support the firm’s time management processes. Webber Wentzel has a total staff of approximately 800, including over 450 lawyers and offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Johannesburg attorney, Dineo Peta’s article on ‘The effect of the “once empowered always empowered” rule on the mining industry’, has won her the 2016 LexisNexis Prize for Legal Practitioners for the best article by a practising attorney published in leading legal journal, De Rebus.
Sabinet, a premier online information specialist, is proud to announce a collaborative partnership with Juta Law, the trusted benchmark of South African legal resources - redefining online legal research by hosting Juta’s law journals on Sabinets’ new and dynamic international research platform.
Mobile legal research with its ease of access, convenience and user-friendly formats, is gaining momentum in South Africa and looks set to significantly change the way legal professionals work in future.
The 31st March 2017, marks a year since the establishment of the Action Group on Briefing Patterns in the Legal Profession. We view this as an important milestone and deem it necessary to provide an update on the progress made since the formation of the Action Group on 31 March 2016.
Artificial intelligence and automation are making inroads into legal work, but are more likely to support than displace lawyers and will draw IT more into legal service delivery.
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Visiting Judge Francisco de Assis Barbosa, a Labour Court Judge from the Federal Court in Brazil talks to Tech4Law about the electronic system used by the courts and how they implemented the system in a methodical process, replacing the paper process to an electronic process over the last couple of years. This electronic process has shortened the average case duration by 7 months.
Digital transformation is touching every sector as well as every industry, disrupting the traditional market leaders, value chains and conventional ways of doing business along the way. While the technology (IoT, big data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence) and the business benefits these can unlock get a lot of attention, one aspect often overlooked in the digital transformation process is compliance and regulation.
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While my mind is still trying to grasp the magnitude of the last three days, I feel compelled to share a first glimpse into what happened here on our blog. To condense it into one sentence: the Indian goddess that we chose to represent the event, unleashed her full creatively destructive energy. For two days, more than a hundred Legal Hackers created a unique atmosphere of collaboration and knowledge exchange.
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The Council of the Cape Law Society joins countless South Africans in mourning the sudden passing away of respected Judge Essa Moosa on 26 February 2017. We express our sincere condolences to his family.
With the usual raft of announcements at Legaltech New York it’s easy to miss out on key news stories. Here are the bite-sized highlights of the past legal IT week, including eDiscovery updates and a new platform alert. We’ll be bringing you insights into a number of the closed streams over the next week.
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The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) congratulates former Public Protector Adv Thuli Madonsela on being selected as the recipient of the 3rd Commonwealth Law Conference Rule of Law Award. Ms Madonsela will accept the award at the closing ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Law Conference in Melbourne, Australia, being held from 20 to 24 March 2017.
It has been on the cards for some time and the proverbial writing has been on the wall: in 2017, the so-called ‘nexus of forces’ will impact business operations in a major way – and companies will either be ready or go out of business. That is the reality facing all industries today says Ernest Kleynhans, MD of local specialist software and IT services provider Assimilated Information Systems Pty Ltd. (AIS).
South Africa has been hit by a flood of global law firms seeking lucrative new markets. In 2014 alone, Allen & Overy, Clyde & Co, and Dentons—firms that have a combined global revenue of $4.8 billion—opened offices in South Africa. In 2016, Herbert Smith Freehills and DLA Piper both entered the market, hiring big-name partners from local firms. And this year, Pinsent Masons, a global firm based in the U.K., plans to open its first African office in South Africa.
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The Georgian Minister of Justice and other government agencies are already planning on inserting real estate documents to its Blockchain network in the upcoming months. If the government successfully inserts and secures real estate data on their Blockchain platform, it will become the first official case of Blockchain utilization in nationwide real estate data management projects.
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The Council of the KwaZulu Natal Law Society supports the initiative of the Deputy President, Mr Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, in having appointed the national minimum wage panel of experts comprising of Professor Imraan Valodia, Mr Ayabonga Cawe, Ms Mamokete Lijane , Dr Debbie Collier, Dr Siphokazi Koyana, Professor Murray Liebbrant, Dr Patrick Belser and assisted by Mr David Francis.