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The lawyer of the future
South Africa - UCT Law@work
About the course
For a long time, simply 'knowing the law' was the sole requirement for legal professionals to deliver legal services. That time has gone as the legal services market is going through a period of significant change. This change is being driven by 1) technology, 2) on-going pressures on legal budgets, 3) the ever-expanding role of the General Counsel or Chief Legal Officer, and 4) demands from business for the legal function to better align with it and deliver tangible value.

This course will help legal professionals to navigate these changes and in so doing expand their horizons by learning other skills, which can be divided into three basic skill sets: people - processes and technology.
Lawyer of the future 2020

EAAB kicks off series of engagements - Property Practitioners Act No, 22 of 2019
South Africa - EAAB
The Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) this week kicks off a series of high-level meetings with several industry bodies in preparation for the new Property Practitioners Act which takes effect this year.

EAAB Chairman Mr. Nkosinathi Biko, CEO Ms. Mamodupi Mohlala and board members on Monday engaged with stakeholders dealing with the managing and letting of property and with those in the vacation and timeshare sector.

The meetings, held at the EAAB offices in Sandton, Johannesburg over three days, are a precursor to a bigger industry workshop to be held at a later stage and is aimed at getting a better understanding of the various sectors that will be regulated by the EAAB once the Property Practitioners Act No 22 of 2019 comes into effect.

Cross-border practice rights
South Africa - LSSA
The issue of cross-border practice rights is very much on the foreground. The matter is being discussed at various fora, including by government. At the previous SADC Lawyers Association conference, a decision was taken to establish a task team to consider this prominent matter. Each SADCLA member is to come up with a position on how they see themselves in relation to cross-border practice rights and a consolidated paper will then be submitted to the relevant authorities.

The Law Society of South Africa’s (LSSA) understanding is that there are also some discussions at SADC level about Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs), which also cover legal services. However, the negotiation of the MRAs will have to be between the various professional bodies.

The LSSA has developed a draft position paper and would like to solicit your views on it.

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