Registration is now open - Lawyers from the SADC region will meet and network in Cape Town from 17 to 19 August 2016 at the SADCLA annual conference and general meeting hosted by the SADC Lawyers Association and the LSSA. Read more.
The law societies have cautioned attorneys against participating in the Proxi Smart initiative and other initiatives of similar nature. Those who participate may find themselves acting in contravention of the Attorneys Act and the Rules of conduct of the Law Society. Read more.
The LSSA will be fielding a 300-strong team of attorney election observers for the local government elections on 3 August 2016. a report will be made to the IEC by 12 August. Read more.
The National Forum on the Legal Profession (NF) met for the fifth time on 23 April 2016. It passed resolutions on the number of provincial councils to be established under the Legal Practice Council. An initial blueprint of the powers that could be delegated was also approved. Read more. The next meeting of the NF will be in September 2016.
The LSSA will be making a submission on the draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, 2016 particular as regards the amendment of the definition of ‘small business corporation’ in s 12E of the Income Tax Act to include a personal liability company as contemplated in s 8(2)(c) of the Companies Act, 2008. This could be deemed to have effect from 2010, when the reference to the Companies Act, 2008 was initially inserted. There might, however, be practical difficulties where tax returns have already been submitted and assessed. Read more and download the Bill.
Introduction to medical law e-course: 2-month online course on the basic principles of medical law, specifically medical negligence. R850. Read more and register before 5 August 2016.
Legal Aid South Africa and attorneys in private practice provide pro bono (free) legal services to qualifying members of the public. Alternatively the attorneys’ profession offers a First Free Interview Scheme. Read more and get contact information
Attorneys are registered with the provincial law societies where they are based. Complaints must be lodged with the relevant law society. Check whether an attorney is in good standing, has a Fidelity Fund certificate, get contact information for complaints and read about your rights and responsibilities as the client of an attorney. Read More
Claiming from the RAF is a complicated and technical process. You will need medical reports and records from hospitals and doctors, documents from the SAPS, affidavits on the accident. You must quantify your claim and obtain a serious injury assessment report from a suitably qualified medical expert. An attorney can assist to ensure you are fairly compensated. Download brochure for more.