Countless local and international regulations that govern every business operation are put in place to ensure that commercial entities act in a reasonable and responsible manner. But with the abundance and complexity of regulations, and the fact that they change rapidly, many businesses tend to treat compliance as a secondary function with little consideration of the consequences.
Mergers and acquisitions are lucrative opportunities for businesses to expand their areas of operation, gain a larger market share, maximise profits or reduce competition. However, they are among the most complex and potentially risky business activities as there are several opportunities for failure during and after the purchase.
Canon Europe, leader in imaging solutions, today announces the latest device in its broad range of document solutions, the imageFORMULA DR-M260 scanner.
Microsoft announced an update for OneNote today across Windows 10, Mac, iOS, Android, and the web, featuring an overhauled design meant to offer improved accessibility and a more consistent feel across the various platforms.
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Juristech™ has introduced the Microsoft Windows 10 version of Citepad™, the first and only virtual keypad designed for lawyers, law students, and paralegals. The Mac OS X version was released earlier this year.
After gushing over Surface Laptop for a few days, I figured I should play devil’s advocate and present a contrary view. Here’s where Microsoft got it wrong. For starters, the laptop form factor is a bit confusing in this age of ever-slimmer devices.
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Tax and legal professionals in need of convenient on-the-go access to their loose-leaf content now have the perfect solution in the form of the Lexis® Mobile smartphone application from LexisNexis South Africa.
Canon, has announced the latest devices to join its popular range of i-SENSYS printers and MFPs. The i-SENSYS MF730 and i-SENSYS MF630 series and i-SENSYS LBP650 and i-SENSYS LBP610 series are compactly designed to support flexible working in home offices, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Well researched and accurately referenced legal arguments are key contributors towards winning a case. However, this task is easier said than done. For decades, legal practioners traditionally spent many hours sifting through cases, statutes, regulations, and legal journals in order to find the most relevant information that would help strengthen their case. Not only is the traditional form of legal research time consuming, it can also be as frustrating as looking for a needle in a haystack.
It is not often that I find articles that are filled with good business advice and directed at lawyers. This handout from Drive Revenue is a good read, not only with new ideas, but also to remind everyone of the things that have been forgotten.
The fourth edition of the King Report on Good Governance (King IV™), released late 2016, is the new benchmark for corporate governance in South Africa. Key changes in this fourth edition include fewer principles, clearer differentiation between principles, practices and outcomes, as well as the introduction of specific supplements for different sectors.
Are you still working with an outdated dictation system? Do you want to be more efficient and productive? Take advantage of our crazy special offer on a Philips DPM7200 bundled with a Philips LFH7177 Transcription kit and save R895!
Tomorrow in New York, Samsung will finally reveal the Galaxy S8. The handset has a lot riding on it — not simply because it’s a brand-defining flagship from one of the biggest names in the business or because the company seems to have delayed it quite a bit as it’s worked to get things right.
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Juristech™ has introduced Citepad™, the first and only virtual keypad designed for lawyers, law students, and paralegals. Citepad™ is an on-screen add-on which floats over word processing programs and allows 1-click insertion of commonly-used legal words, phrases, and symbols such as “id.,” “see, e.g.,” and the section symbol. Citepad™ revolutionizes legal writing which traditionally relies heavily on the keyboard to execute complex formatting rules.
Rapid changes in the regulatory environment as a result of growing pressure from civil society are leaving organisations struggling to keep up with compliance overload. This trend is set to continue as civil society becomes increasingly conscious of business and government activity, and grows its appetite for accountability and transparency.
With a long history of stability and success, the legal industry may be tempted to continue business as usual. But you do so at your own peril. Disruptive business models, globalisation, new technologies and smarter clients are all driving firm leaders to evolve and innovate. Is your firm prepared to capitalise on these anticipated changes in the legal market? If not, we encourage you to read the Legal Sector Snapshot 2017, which takes a deeper dive into what clients are expecting from legal firms in 2017 and beyond, and provides guidance on how to deliver services that will differentiate your firm and delight your clients.
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Philips dictation recorders and software offer the perfect solution for legal professionals in small, mid-sized or large law firms, corporate legal departments or courts. Legal professionals often have to handle large amounts of correspondence and documentation daily. Philips dictation solutions support them managing their work load, lower their administrative costs and increase their efficiency and profits.
As complicated and time consuming as legal research can be, there is no more effective way to strengthen an argument in court than with sound case and precedent referencing. Traditional legal research, conducted manually, presents many pitfalls and risks according to Sumantha Reddy, Content Manager: Legal loose-leaf and Law Reports, from LexisNexis South Africa.
Since 1910, well over 7000 Acts have been passed into law in South Africa. This massive number doesn’t even touch on the innumerable draft Bills, policy papers, committee reports, submissions to Parliament, speeches by Ministers and other important parliamentary documents that are generated in the process of governing a country.
Canon Europe has announced the release of the i-SENSYS LBP312x, a small footprint, high-productivity printer for use in fast-paced work environments where space is a premium. The new device combines sharp, rich print output at fast speeds with high capacity paper trays, double-sided printing and versatile mobile connectivity, making it ideal for busy workgroups in small office spaces.
e4 International’s Virtual ID solution has gone live in Australia for use by HashChing – an Australian website linking consumers directly to verified mortgage brokers. HashChing was named as one of the 50 emerging stars in the 2016 Fintech Innovators top 100 fintech companies across the globe.
Fintech startup DocFox has partnered with global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, to provide a digital solution to help companies simplify the FICA compliance process. “DocFox is a sophisticated yet easy-to-use web application that helps customers submit their FICA documents electronically in a just a few taps. Customers can upload copies of their proof of identity and address documents, or submit documents using their smartphone camera,” says DocFox CEO and cofounder, Ryan Canin.
To create something truly innovative, it takes a passion for detail, commitment to excellence and dedication to deliver the best solution for our customers. With SpeechLive, Philips has set out to reshape the world of digital dictation from scratch. SpeechLive revolutionizes the way the dictation workflow is implemented in business environments. (Dr. Thomas Brauner, CEO Speech Processing Solutions)
AJS is very proud to announce that another large and prestigious Law Firm has implemented its XpressDox product successfully. “We are seeing an increased amount of interest in our XpressDox offering over the last year or so and we are proud to say that we are able to deliver on all the high expectations that go along with a world class document assembly package” says AJS director Chris Pearson.
Via their South African National Legislation service (NetLaw), Sabinet provides users with instant online access to SA Legislation. This service is free to small law firms with three or less practising attorneys, enabling them to stay up-to-date with the national legislation currently in force.
HIV is a daily reality for over 6 million South Africans, therefore, law professionals can – and must – play an active role in the fight against the epidemic by advising those that are infected and affected with HIV/AIDS.
This is according to respected law, public health and human rights consultant, Amelia Vukeya Motsepe, who spoke at the Johannesburg launch on 10 November of a seminal, new publication dissecting South African legislation, regulations, policies and case law on HIV/AIDS.
Sabinet’s South African National Legislation service (NetLaw) provides users with instant online access to SA Legislation, enabling them to stay up-to-date with the national legislation currently in force.
Most employers and employees have a broad understanding that the fairness of a dismissal rests on both a substantive and a procedural leg. On the one hand, substantive unfairness, in broad strokes, suggests that an employee who should not have been dismissed, had been dismissed.
It is widely agreed that the knowledge economy represents the future of economic growth for both developed and developing nations. This knowledge comprises intellectual capital, skills proficiency and the potential for innovation, driven firmly by information. More specifically, growth is dependent on people’s access to, and ability to share and exchange, reliable information.
Microsoft has unveiled an update to its high-end Surface Book laptop, doubling its graphics performance and increasing its battery life. The Surface Book’s thermal system was redesigned from the inside to allow for the performance of the Nvidia-based graphics system to be doubled, said Microsoft. In addition to increasing the performance of the Surface Book, Microsoft said it also improved its battery life – with the laptop now lasting 16 hours.
The Surface Book i7 will launch in November.
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Legal research is a most time consuming process. Traditionally, it can take hours for legal professionals to sift through conventional law reports or their indices to determine the precedential strength and weaknesses of cases referenced in an argument. However, with the use of good research tools, the process can be simplified.
No mainstream electronics manufacture is making more interesting, innovative and downright bizarre products than Lenovo. Between its contorting efforts under the Yoga banner and the modular handsets being produced by Motorola, the Chinese company is taking the sort of form factor risks we rarely see outside of hardware startups. Nowhere is this better embodied than in the $499 Yoga Book. If nothing else, it’s impressive that the company has managed to produce yet another fascinating take on the well-trod world of the hybrid.
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HP is buying Samsung’s printer business for $1.05 billion in a move aimed at “disrupting” the dusty and stale printing industry. The deal will see Samsung’s Printing Business Unit spun out independently, with HP picking up full 100 percent ownership in the business. The companies estimate it will take one year to close, pending the usual regulatory scrutiny, and, upon doing so, Samsung will make a reciprocal investment of between $100 million and $300 million into HP’s business.
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One of the biggest challenges facing Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups is ensuring they have properly drafted and compliant agreements. This is largely due to the high cost of having an attorney draft agreements and documentation.
Legal careers are time sensitive and highly pressurised and that means there is little margin for error. As demands heighten, a new breed of legal professionals have come to recognise and appreciate the efficiency, simplicity and accuracy of online legal research.
Dragon Professional Individual, v15, a smarter next generation speech recognition solution empowers busy professionals to complete documentation and reporting quickly and accurately on the PC, so you spend more time on activities that boost the bottom line.
A substantive mistake in a legal document can put a law firm at risk of both reputational and financial damages. A product being announced tomorrow promises to help prevent drafting mistakes by combining attorneys’ own deal-specific knowledge with machine-learning technology. The product, jEugene Compass, falls into a category of products that help proofread legal documents before they are made final.
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The Last Will and Testament, expressing the final wishes of an individual as far as his or her earthly possessions and funeral arrangements are concerned, is arguably the most important document a person will ever sign.