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13 June 2019

Major shake-up for law degree following report
South Africa - IOL
The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme, taught at the country’s universities, is headed for a major revamp after many institutions were found to be doing a shoddy job on aspects such as critical thinking.

A report undertaken and released recently by the Council on Higher Education (CHE), the statutory body responsible for quality assurance, has recommended extensive changes to how the LLB is taught at 17 universities.

A 98-page report, “The State of the Provision of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Qualification in South Africa”, has highlighted a range of shortcomings in the degree.

It was conducted by panels on behalf of the CHE following repeated concerns by professional lawyers that law graduates were of poor quality.
The State of the Provision of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Qualification in South Africa and IOL

Law Firms Overwhelmed By Daily Spoofing, Phishing And Financial Loss
UK - Today's Conveyancer
Experts have warned that 0.8% of the world’s GDP or around $600 billion is lost to cyber crime each year, yet reports suggest the legal sector is ill prepared for dealing with and preventing cyber attacks.

If it is not already, protecting your firm from the risk of cyber attack should be high on your agenda. According to HM Government there are around 1,400 criminal organisations who are actively targeting the legal sector at this very moment, preying on out of date or inadequate methods of defence against cyber attacks.

In 2018 alone, £354.3 million was stolen via authorised push payment fraud which uses social engineering and cyber fraud to convince people to part with their money. This represented a 92% increase on the money stolen via these means in 2017.
Today's Conveyancer

Q1 Rental Index
South Africa - PayProp
We’ve become so used to seeing a downward-trending rental growth graph that flat growth almost feels wrong – but it definitely marks a welcome change!

Since the start of 2018 and for the first three months of 2019, inflation has continued to outperform the year-on-year rental growth rate into the new year.

The latter is still subdued but at least trending sideways – and as the next section looking at quarterly growth explains, we expect a recovery in rental growth in the coming months.
PayProp 

How super commuters are changing property profile
South Africa - Property360
"Super commuters" earn good salaries in big cities while their families live safely away from the hustle and bustle

Long commutes have become an unfortunate reality for many South Africans fed up with increasing traffic congestion and rising fuel prices. But when the commute involves air travel to an office in another city, the journey is often part of a lifestyle choice.

An increasing number of South African executives and professionals are becoming “super commuters” who travel weekly between their jobs in the city and their homes at the coast or in the countryside, or between the city where they live and the city where they work, says Berry Everitt, chief executive of the Chas Everitt International property group.
Property360

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