Tech4Law adding value to lawyers in southern africa

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…

Sabinet

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. 

LexisAssure

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. 

Sabinet

The dynamic nature of a democracy means that government must constantly adapt to a changing political, economic and societal climate. 

SONA-Darkest_before_the_storm

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.
Get more information at the Sabinet site... 

Legal Tech Accelerator

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.
Read more at 4 Traders...

Webber Wentzel

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.

Sabinet

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. 

LexisNexis South Africa

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.

Ryan Barlow of e4

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.

Law Society of South Africa

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.

LexisNexis

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.

Philips Roadshow South Africa 2017

Philips Speech Processing and Powerhouse Dictation will be hosting a "Use the power of your voice" dictation roadshow taking place in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town from the 18th to the 23rd May 2017. You are invited to join us at the roadhsow venue closest to you.

LSSA

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.

CLS not happy with MEC Belinda Francis Scott is quoted, inter alia, as saying that attorneys are “not only criminal, but parasitical. They are vultures”. 

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”. 

David Bekker and Walid Brown Co-Chairpersons Law Society of South Africa

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.

Darryl Bernstein of Baker McKenzie

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 installs at Webber Wentzel

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.

Dineo Peta

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 and Juta Law collaborate in online research partnership

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 research is the future

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.

Allocation of legal work in South Africa

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.

AI and the law

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.
Read more at ComputerWeekly.com...

Judge Barbosa in his virtual courtroom

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. 

Theo Watson from Microsoft

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.
Read more at ITNews...

Berlin Legaltech Hackathon 2017 report

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.
Read more at The Hacking.Law Blog...

Judge Essa Moosa

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. 

Round up of LegalTech New York 2017

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.
Read more at Legal Technology...

Thuli Madonsela

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.

Ernest Kleynhans

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).

International firms expanding into Africa

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.
Read more at The American Lawyer...

Georgias_Government_To_Implement_BitFurys_Blockchain_Project

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.
Read more at The CoinTelegraph...

KwaZulu Natal Law Society

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.

Mason Hayes and Curran

"The market is increasingly competitive and clients are rightly more demanding, so law firms need to keep pace. Traditionally, one lawyer would have been responsible for marketing, but most big firms now have a dedicated marketing function as you are frequently competing against sophisticated international providers.”
Read more at Independent.ie...

Blockchain and the law

It is simply incorrect to say decentralized applications, or use cases of the blockchain, are incompatible with legacy legal constructs. Instead, I simply view there to be friction between the new and the old that more often than not accompanies the introduction of promising new technologies.
Read more at BraveNewCoin...

No insurance for SA lawyers

Transfer attorneys in South Africa have increasingly become the victims of online scammers in the real estate sector, stated Rapport. Victims suffer losses worth millions of rand because insurers no longer provide cover for such scams. The Attorneys’ Insurance Indemnity Fund (AIIF) said that in the past two years there has been a significant increase in cyber-crime-related claims.
Read more at MyBroadband...

Cape Law Society

The baseless fraud charges filed against a sitting Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, during October 2016 and many other pending investigations against the President and senior members of government ostensibly on allegations of corruption, theft, fraud and other heinous crimes, signifies that South Africa is facing a constitutional crisis. These cases come at a time when the country continues to face the threat of a serious economic downgrade with far-reaching consequences for our collective future.

Tony Ellis receiving the Olympus DS-5500 from Olympus’s sales manager Shaun Naude

Congratulations to our 3rd and last winner in our Olympus Audio S.A DS-5500 Giveaway – Mr. Tony Ellis from JHB.

Deltek Insight 2016

Deltek, a provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based businesses, announced the winners of its annual Project Excellence Awards program at Deltek Insight’s 2016 user conference in National Harbor, MD. These awards recognize and celebrate outstanding Deltek customer and partner achievements in improving business processes and performance, driving innovation, increasing profitability and winning new business with Deltek solutions. The winners were selected from an extensive pool of nominations that applied for the awards in 2016...
Read more at Silversoft...

Cape Law Society

The Cape Law Society learned with shock of a statement attributed to PAGAD, which was allegedly made by their spokesperson, Mr Haroon Orrie, in which PAGAD supported those behind the murder of Mr Noorudien Hassan, a member of the Cape Law Society. The Society condemns in the strongest possible terms not only the murder of any of its members and indeed any person, but also the fact that those behind this heinous crime would receive any support for committing such a crime.

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