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June 10, 2024

Why an Oral Estate Agency Mandate Isn’t Worth the Paper It’s Written On

“A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on” (Samuel Goldwyn) Perhaps you are a seller marketing your property through an estate agency, or a buyer asking an agent […]
June 10, 2024

Contracting with Trusts – Is a Majority Resolution Valid?

“Externally, trustees cannot disagree. In the external sphere the Trust functions by virtue of its resolutions, which have to be supported by the full complement of the Trust body.” (Extract […]
June 10, 2024

Siblings Feuding Over a Business: Can You Get a Domestic Violence Protection Order?

“It is the purpose of this Act to afford the victims of domestic violence the maximum protection from domestic abuse that the law can provide” (Domestic Violence Act) When sibling […]
May 2, 2024

In the Land of the Will, Clarity is King

“The golden rule for the interpretation of testaments is to ascertain the wishes of the testator from the language used. And when these wishes are ascertained, the court is bound […]
May 2, 2024

Lending to a Friend or Relative – When Must You Register as a Credit Provider?

“In life, we never lose friends, we only learn who the true ones are” (Unknown) Lending money to a friend or family member in need sounds like a natural and […]
May 2, 2024

Rising Damp and Failed Waterproofing: How to Sue the Sellers

“[w]here a seller recklessly tells a half-truth or knows the facts but does not reveal them because he or she has not bothered to consider their significance, this may also […]
May 2, 2024

The Pothole Plague – Claiming Damages

“If cars are required to be roadworthy, shouldn’t roads be required to be car-worthy?” (Online meme) If you fall victim to a pothole-infested road, don’t hesitate to sue for your […]
March 28, 2024

Property: Why Do You Need an Occupancy Certificate Before You Buy?

“…there is no obligation on the [seller] to obtain an occupancy certificate and to furnish it to the [buyers]” (Extract from judgment below) Imagine this – you buy your dream […]
March 28, 2024

When to Lawyer Up

“The first thing we do is, let’s kill all the lawyers.” (Shakespeare) Shakespeare must have had an unhappy experience or two with the lawyers of his time to have one […]
March 28, 2024

Intellectual Property Challenges in the Age of Generative AI

May 4, 2023

“The Vibe is Off” – Dismissing an Employee who is Incompatible with Your Business

Dismissing any employee is difficult in the current climate of labour protection in South Africa. Our labour laws have certainly been instrumental in protecting vulnerable employees, but in the event […]
July 24, 2020

Employment Law: Our Brave New World – Using Zoom for Retrenchment Consultations

The COVID-19 pandemic will doubtless lead to many new developments on the legal front. For example, with widespread employee retrenchment now an unfortunate reality in our struggling economy, all employers, […]
November 7, 2019

Employment Law: “Of Course I Have Experience In…”

October 2019, was Justice month as Ramaphosa signs in various new laws, one of them being CV Fraud. Do you embellish your curriculum vitae to increase your chances of procuring […]
October 1, 2019

Employment Law: Prejudice in the Workplace – Where to Draw the Line

Due to our controversial past, South Africa has been faced with a difficult task of eradicating all forms of racial animosity and behaviour. This is a problem we often find […]
October 1, 2019

Employment Law: What Is a Company Culture?

We all know that the term “culture” is defined as the values, practices and beliefs shared by members who form a part of the same group, but what does “company […]
September 17, 2019

Employment Law: The Interview – Why First Impressions Last

It takes less than 10 seconds to form a first impression of someone. In fact, behavioural scientists believe that we have a seven-second window period to form such a first […]
August 7, 2019

Employment Law: Paternity Leave for Men

From January 2019, working South African men are entitled to 10 days of paternity leave after the birth of their child. The Labour Amendment Act also includes provisions for 10 […]
June 25, 2019

Employment Law: The Right To Freedom Of Religion

The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, is the supreme law of the land and all conduct and legislation must comply with it. The Bill of Rights contained […]
June 5, 2019

Employment Law: Plan Now For The New Expat Tax Changes

“An income tax form is like a laundry list – either way you lose your shirt” (Comedian Fred Allen) This article is important to you if you are either a […]
March 26, 2019

Employment Law: Employers – When Should You Sue Rogue Employees?

“It is the duty of an employee when rendering his or her services always to act exclusively in the interest of the employer … an employee is not entitled to […]