Latest Issue - December 2017


Disruptive technology – Interview with Alex Hamilton Management

Radiant Law is a different kind of law firm. One would be tempted to say that it is a UK-run firm – but then, its workforce is predominantly outsourced to South Africa. In a certain light, the firm presents as a software company by providing legal software solutions to other law firms. Undeniably non-traditional, the pricing model continues the trend: clients are offered fixed quotations rather than hourly fees. To break the mould, it takes a certain visionary and explorer – like the firm's CEO, Alex Hamilton.

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The dawn of our tech-conomy: an introduction to bitcoin and cryptocurrency Financial Law

The world has been shaken by the advent of blockchain technology and its prodigy, cryptocurrency. However, to understand the impact that blockchain may have on our economy, it is necessary to understand the nuances of the technological disruptions behind it, and the potential risks that may arise.

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The Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Act – The dawn of a new era Financial Law

The Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Act was gazetted on 2 May 2017. As per the Financial Intelligence Centre, the key objective of the Amendment Act is to improve the protection of the integrity of South Africa's financial system and strengthen its ability to prevent and punish financial crimes such as money laundering, illicit capital flows, tax evasion, corruption, bribery and financing of terrorism.

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Is the hedge fund industry over-regulated? Financial Law

The South African financial services industry is on the precipice of significant regulatory overhaul with the commencement of the Financial Sector Regulation Act (9 of 2017) (FSR Act).

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Extradition Platteland Perspective

A convicted car thief is sentenced by the courts in Zambia to a prison term. Then he skips the country while an appeal is pending. When he is extradited from Botswana and brought back to Zambia, he claims he should be freed straight away as he has already served his full term in jail – in Botswana, awaiting extradition. Should the Zambian court set him free? Does the jail time in Botswana count?

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Tales from the US of A... - December 2017 International

Suits over Las Vegas mass shooting face obstacles

The lawsuits filed in the Las Vegas mass shooting, that left 58 people dead and many injured, face several obstacles including a 2005 federal law that protects gun manufacturers and sellers from civil claims brought by gunshot victims. Two suits have been filed that target the makers of the "bump stock" device used to accelerate gunfire from the semi-automatic weapon used by the killer. The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act protects gun makers and sellers. A law professor commented that no plaintiff has ever obtained an unreserved jury verdict in a lawsuit against a gun manufacturer for an injury arising out of criminal use of a weapon. Families of victims in a 2007 shooting obtained a $11 million settlement but two families who did not participate in the settlement lost their cases before their jury. Debra Cassens Weiss October 12

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The World in November - December 2017 International

Heroic Mali, a Belgian Malinois British Military Working Dog, has been awarded the highest military medal an animal can receive, the PDSA Dickin Medal (the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross – UK's highest honour for gallantry) for saving the lives of the Special Boat Service troops during their 2012 operation to remove armed Taliban forces from a multi-storey building in Afghanistan. Mali was eight when he was sent through direct fire twice and was hoisted up the outside of a building to provide the assault force with a foothold. He sustained injuries to his chest, ear, front and rear legs and lost a front tooth after three explosions went off near him. And after being wounded he still managed to find the locations of the enemy fighters. His handler said that he saved the lives of British and Afghan troops as he went ahead, floor by floor to find a safe route and stopped soldiers from entering an area filled with booby traps.

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National News - December 2017 National News

Fasken Martineau

Appointments: Partner: Michael Teubes – Corporate & Commercial practice. Zainobia Mohammed – Corporate & Commercial practice. Senior Associate: Kathryn Lloyd in the Competition practice. Associate: Sebastien Mas – Finance and Projects practice.

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Great Books in rock ‘n’ roll - Questions Lifestyle - Quiz

The colliding of music and great works of literature is almost as old as music itself. As Nick Hornsby asks in his wonderful book "High Fidelity", "What came first, the music or the misery?" Now more than ever, vacuous rock stars attempt to ameliorate that impression by taking reference from literature in their songs and even band names. See just how well- read you are by taking our quiz on Great Books in Rock n' Roll.

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Great Books in rock 'n' roll - Answers Accounting

Answers:

a. "Are 'Friends' Electric?" is a 1979 song by the English band Tubeway Army. It was released as a single in May 1979 and reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart, staying there for four weeks.

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...Regarding travels, distillery visits, collecting and “value” Lifestyle - Whiskey

A fascinating aspect of the enjoyment of whisky is seeing the beautiful spirit being created at the source. Most people who enjoy whisky are unaware that a significant portion of the flavour profile emanates from whisky's time spent sleeping gently in oak casks for anything from two to 50 or more years.

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The best historic motor sports events in the world Lifestyle - Motoring

With the increased interest in classic motorcars of every persuasion, a massively welcome development in recent years has been the proliferation of historic motor racing and/or rallying events. These give true enthusiasts an opportunity to either take part – thereby exercising their own thoroughbreds, or spectate – allowing those of more modest means the opportunity to see some very rare and startlingly valuable machinery used in anger*. The beauty of these events is that they are typically held over several days, in superbly picturesque surrounds, making it something of a no-brainer to persuade the significant other to join the fun.

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Why should I move over? Lifestyle - Motoring

You are driving along at 119km/h (because we don't ever speed) in the far right lane of your local highway, listening to drivel on some talk radio station, when you observe a lunatic speeding up behind you with his headlights flashing, should you move over? Of course not! Why would you want to move over and allow that person to break the law? Do you not become complicit in his speeding by allowing him to have the freedom to drive faster than the law prescribes?

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Christmas stocking books Lifestyle - Books

It's that time of year again – the tired old Christmas decorations are back up in the shops, the children are knee deep in nativity plays, and you're wondering who'll have to sit next to Auntie Mabel at Christmas dinner this year. And for me, it is time to look back at my 2017 reads – and recommend the best of those for your Christmas stockings.

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The “ham” fisted lawyer – playing with the miracle of radio Lifestyle - Radio

The miracle of radio is all around us. It opens gates and garage doors. It activates and switches off burglar alarms. It connects our cell phones to networks of towers. It connects our smart devices and computers to Wi-Fi networks and blue tooth add-ons, such as hands-free car kits for mobile telephones. It is a vital link in the growing internet of things. It connects our television sets and commercial radios to information and entertainment beaming from places on the ground and from satellites.

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