August is widely recognised as women's month and this year without prejudice carries a feature on women, their challenges and their desire to make it to the top. We have only one author who writes on the topic as seen through the eyes of the species from "Mars". Paul Gilbert is uniquely positioned through LBC Wise Counsel to comment and he writes eloquently and sensitively on a topic that never fails to elicit debate.
Third party funding in international arbitration has become a hot topic of late, receiving relatively equal praise and criticism. This type of funding is not a new innovation but it is certainly something to which African litigants should pay careful attention.
Sexual assault was previously prosecuted as a common law crime of indecent assault. It is only after 2007, through the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act (32 of 2007) (Sexual Offences Act), that sexual assault became a statutory crime. The Sexual Offences Act defines sexual assault as the unlawful intentional sexual violation, or inspiration of the belief that one will be sexually violated, by another person without their consent or compelling a person to sexually violate themselves without their consent.
In what can be viewed as yet another significant milestone in the protection of the sanctity of the right to protest in South Africa, the Free State High Court has found that the mere attendance of a peaceful gathering/protest in respect of which there has been no compliance with the requirements of the Regulation of Gatherings Act (205 of 1993) (RGA) is not a crime. This was the finding of the court in Tsoaeli v S case no A222/2015 (FS(B)) (unreported), per Molemela JP.
Administrative law regulates the activities of bodies that exercise public powers and perform public functions. This is irrespective of whether those bodies are public authorities in the strict sense. Accordingly, private bodies exercising a public function will also fall within the ambit of administrative law. It is thus not important to consider whether the body that you are dealing with is a public or private body, but rather whether that body is exercising a public or private function.
In a recent report , "Legal Department 2025 – The Generational Shift in Legal Departments: Working with Millennials and Avoiding Baby Boomer Brain Drain", it was found that only 26% of law firms have a succession plan in place that aims to empower millennials to take on leadership roles in the firm.
What is microinsurance?
What is micro-insurance? And how it is different from regular insurance which has existed, in various forms, for thousands of years? Micro-insurance can be described as the protection of low-income people against specific perils in exchange for regular premium payments proportionate to the likelihood and cost of the risk involved. It is generally intended for those who have been ignored by mainstream commercial and social insurance schemes – it is for persons who previously have not had access to appropriate financial products.
Sally Hutton became Managing Partner of Webber Wentzel, one of South Africa's largest law firms, in March 2015. Her friendly manner and demeanour belie the steely resolve that must be required to steer one of the country's most respected law firms. Sally is eminently approachable. She is also extremely professional and efficient and absolutely honest.
Flexible working is not a requirement for more bendy lawyers. In my view, however, it is the single biggest driver for change in the legal profession – greater than any tech innovation, greater than any disruptive influence from new legal services providers and far greater than changing the hourly rate charging model.
The term "Transformation" has become such a catch-phrase in recent years. It is easy to forget the actual tenets of what the term encompasses, even more so in the corporate environment that finds itself under pressure to meet legislative demands. In certain circumstances, companies have placed emphasis on certain principles over others. Put differently, in recent years, the emphasis for companies has been on racial transformation. Whilst this is undoubtedly South Africa's greatest challenge, the emphasis on racial transformation has resulted in gender transformation taking a backseat.