The LSSA has released an updated version (Version 4.0) of the Protection of Personal Information Guideline for Law Firms.
Jack Crook debunks a number of myths surrounding law firm marketing, and which consequently hinder their ability to grow the size and quality of their client bases.
Risk practice management, practice rules and the Legal Practice Act; and a risk management self-assessment questionnaire.
Attorneys’ firms that were registered with the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) on the previous system need to update their details on the new goAML system.
The Cabinet has approved the Legal Practice Amendment Bill, 2017 which was introduced into Parliament on 29 March 2017.
The National Forum on the Legal Profession held its ninth plenary meeting on 30 June, a number of aspects were finalised for recommendation to the Minister on 1 August.
PI and Executor Policies for the new insurance year. Practitioners are urged to study the two policies carefully in order fully appreciate their terms and conditions.
Comments on the new AIIF insurance year; claim statistics - with a note for conveyancers on cybercrime related claims; and a file audit precedent for practitioners.
The Law Society of South Africa will be hosting a wide ranging seminar on the nature, threat and implications of cyber security for law firms on the 20th of November.
The uniform national Rules for the Attorneys' Profession are scheduled to be gazetted later this month and to come into effect on 1 March 2016.
Jack Crook gives a checklist for finding the right authors for client newsletters, and compares the merits and de-merits of outsourced versus in-house newsletter content.
Allen West will be hosting an LSSA LEAD seminar to provide clarity on the law regarding marriages and the intestate succession of indigenous people of South Africa.
Two significant enhancements to GhostMarketer and LawDotNews mean that users can more quickly and easily create and transmit their own monthly client newsletters.
Risk Alert Bulletin – Special Policy Edition: has the final version of the professional indemnity master policy for the legal profession which came into effect on the 1st of July.
Finding New Ways for Women to lead in Law: A cutting edge no-holds barred conference for women lawyers on innovation, career charting, and dealing with burnout.
The Attorneys Fidelity Fund explains the necessity of, and how from the 1 October practitioners may apply for their Fidelity Fund Certificates for 2017.
Tasneem Kanjee of the BCE Training Academy answers a number of questions about conveyancing courses for paralegals which are offered in South Africa.
The enhanced GhostMarketer Customer Relationship Management tool of GhostConvey strengthens your brand, builds customer relationships and manages your contacts.
Van Heerden v Nolte (19428/11)  ZAGPPHC underscores a trap a lender can fall into even if the loan is a “once-off” or if the lender doesn’t “frequently” provide credit.
Paddy Crook explains why every law firm should brand its emails, what they are, why they work, and what you should look for in an email branding service.
Did you know that all GhostConvey clients have access to a powerful, easy-to-use, free Customer Communication tool - GhostMarketer? All you have to do is to use it!
Jack Crook turns to the how part of formulating a marketing plan of which many of the basics cost little or nothing yet will give you a competitive edge.
Paddy Crook gives handy tips and discusses some of the more common marketing tools used by firms, and how they can be successfully and effectively used.
Client newsletters - A practical guide: Jack Crook discusses a number of aspects of and gives tips on how to configure your newsletter for maximum effectiveness.
Paddy Crook gives the lowdown on some of the key branding points you should consider when assessing your marketing strategy and developing your brand.
A checklist developed in response to requests to the Attorneys Insurance Indemnity Fund (AIIF) for guidelines for drafting a Minimum Operating Standards (MOS) policy.
In article eight of the GhostMarketer series, Jack Crook turns his attention to the most common marketing mistakes made by lawyers - and how to avoid them.
The LSSA welcomes the promulgation of the The Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014 which was gazetted in GN 740 in Government Gazette 38022 of 22 September 2014.
Taken from the AIIF Risk Alert Bulletin - graphs showing the value of claims as at 30 September 2012, a new conveyancing scam and beware imposters.
Covering: An overview of the new Tax Administration Act, a Pension Law update, Evictions and Rental Recovery, and what the Consumer Protection Act means for you.
Due to the rising numbers of conveyancing related claims, an increase in the deductibles for claims arising out of conveyancing matters has been announced by the AIIF.
Four provincial Law Societies have pledged to combat money laundering by signing Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC).
Sika Ackotia considers the implications and concerns for banks and credit providers about the proposed credit information amnesty which could be implemented by year end.
The Legal Practice Bill passed the second reading debate in the National Assembly, and has been sent on to the National Council of Provinces.
The Law Society of South Africa welcomes the release of the Legal Practice Bill and commits to working with other stakeholders.
Kuben Naidoo explores the array of features, functionality and benefits of GhostPractice's recently introduced mobile app - “GP Mobile”.
Not being a victim of fraud depends on your people, your processes, your systems and you writes Kuben Naidoo.
Cathleen Peter-Swart will be presenting a one day workshop on conveyancing skills which make a difference, around the country in August.
Taken from the Risk Alert Bulletin a comparative table and a graph showing the increase in the number of claims notifications received by the AIIF since 2007.
Attorneys have a few days left to register for the Law Society of South Africa's attendance and correspondence courses on Conveyancing and Notarial Practice.
WinDeed's Company Alert is first line of defence for companies against corporate identity theft.
Kuben Naidoo analyses and unpacks the role of a Practice Manager in the law firm in answering the question: Are Practice Managers an expense or an investment?
Definition of a conveyancer, interest on trust accounts and the legal profession must take responsibility for its role in transformation, access to justice and finalising the Legal Practice Bill.
UK - the legal sector is increasingly focusing on financial management precipitated by a failure to manage operating costs and debt.
The closing date for attorneys to register for LEAD practice management training is 17 June.
Book now for this year's GhostConvey Tipping Point Roadshow to hear three leading industry personalities discuss Ethics, Profitability and Community in the conveyancing practice.
Gustav Radloff's presentation on "The Conveyancer and Ethics" which he delivered during the Tipping Point Roadshow held around the country over the last two weeks.
The December deadline for the first intake of the 2012 LEAD practice management training intake looms.
The 11 most frequently asked questions by attorneys and the responses by the Financial Intelligence Centre.
A legal practice is more than the sum of its parts writes Kuben Naidoo, and understanding them can drive change in your legal practice.
Attorney firms must encourage staff members to learn continuously otherwise they risk being left behind writes Kuben Naidoo.
Matthew Spagnoletti analyses and suggests solutions to a few of the common risks that all attorneys should be managing in their legal business on a daily basis.
As from 1 July 2010 the AIIF will not provide professional negligence cover to attorneys in respect of some bridging finance matters.
Kingsbury International College, with LEAD and SASSETA, is offering a New Legal Business Creation Programme, which focuses on essential entrepreneurial skills for attorneys.
Vincent Faris CA(SA) will be presenting a number of seminars around the country on understanding the practical auditing of a law firm and its operations.
Running a business without clear cut policies and procedures could have dire consequences argues Matthew Spagnoletti.
How much more successful could law firms be if they employed more traditional business principles?
Softlog and GhostPractice together will ensure your firm recovers 100% of the recoverable costs incurred on behalf of clients.
Traci-Ann Cripsey writes that good communication skills, especially one's listening skills are vital in tapping into the needs of one's clients.
Michael Irvine and Michael Carrigan of Ireland will be presenting a seminar in Cape Town on Alternative Dispute Resolution from an international perspective.
The filing of cash threshold reports in terms of section 28 of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act is to be implemented on the 4th of October and the 1st of December.
What story are your financials telling you - where to look, what it is you are looking at and what it means. Kuben Naidoo gives us the answers.
Registration has opened for L.E.A.D's Certificate in Practice Management.
Registration has opened for the LSSA's Certificate in Corporate Law Practice.
GhostPractice allows users to run their business processes efficiently and in real time.
Nicky Campbell is presenting a seminar under the auspices of L.E.A.D on the Consumer Protection Bill.
Korbitec's new product launch has "wowed" customers with its cost effective solutions.
Mr Vincent Faris will be presenting seminars on managing risk and financial management under the auspices of L.E.A.D.
Small firms are viable writes Roland Darroll in the April edition of De Rebus.
"Are you ready to recover from the kind of disaster that could result in weeks if not months of lost productivity?" Asks Matthew Spagnoletti.
High Court and Magistrate's Court tariffs will change with effect from 15th June. To help you, the GhostPractice team has detailed these in a very useful comparative document.
Ann Bertelsmann draws attention to fact that the bulk of conveyancing claims arise from attorneys' undertakings to bridging finance companies.
Hesma Strydom recommends a number of preventative steps to guard against claims arising when undertakings are given to bridging finance companies.
A round up of a number of useful articles for the solo practitioner from Law Practice Today
To know how much you invest in Practice Management depends on what you define it as and what it means to you.
Matthew Spagnoletti explores how earning fees and billing clients can be more efficient and effective with a few key changes and a large dose of technology.
Automated client reporting provides clients with an elegant mechanism for reviewing the work they have instructed you with and you with an opportunity to cement your relationship with them.
Matthew Spagnoletti outlines the simple techniques and processes that have made collecting money from clients so much easier.
The September edition of Law Practice Today is devoted to the ins and outs of going paperless.
Sixty learnerships and thirty bursaries for candidate attorneys are being offered by the LSSA and SASSETA.
The October issue of LawPractice today poses the question, "Lost in the Crowd?" and suggests a number of marketing strategies you can use if the answer is "Yes".
GhostPractice and the Law Society of the Northern Provinces are giving away prizes and Dell Notebook computers to the value of R150 000.
Congratulations - the winners of R150 000.00 worth of prizes in the GhostPractice / Law Society of the Northern Provinces competition have been announced.
In 2010 L.E.A.D, will offer training to increase staff's skills and productivity in a number of subjects.
Peter Refferty looks at the objective of practising law and managing your practice to achieve it.
The developers of GhostConvey and WinDeed would like to introduce GhostPractice - a complete Legal Accounting and Practice Management System - to you.
Eskom's load shedding has affected everyone. Keep It On has a solution for law firms looking for a secure, effective and efficient alternative power solution.
The developers of GhostConvey and WinDeed would like to introduce GhostPractice - a complete Legal Accounting and Practice Management System - to you in Johannesburg.
The Fica Amendment Bill puts legal industry on alert - and has the banks concerned.
Paul du Plessis writes in De Rebus about the user-unfriendly law society rules under which attorneys operate.
Will you survive? Asks Peter Rafferty, in the fifth in a series of practice management articles.
To work on time - Peter Rafferty continues in his series of articles in De Rebus.
LSSA and the Banking Association have agreed that Know Your Client (KYC) fees charged by conveyancers are not unethical.
Attorneys should run their practices like businesses or face becoming endangered and alienated under the pressures of market forces.
Be like Arkwright: know your customers well, write Alastair Moyes and David Monk.
Peter Scott has four management rules for tough economic times.
In this comprehensive article, Matthew Spagnoletti analyses the advantages of the "one system" GhostPractice approach to complete Practice Management.
Prepare for property sales slowing by several weeks as banks begin to implement the provisions of the new National Credit Act.
The National Credit Act (NCA) comes into effect on 1 June this year and fears have been expressed that it could hamper housing development.
Conveyancers will soon be joining Korbitec's experts for an update on the implications of the National Credit Act for them.
First up - the New bond application process by Paul Esselaar - Electronic Law Manager, Korbitec.
Answers to NCA questions about the mortgagor-conveyancer relationship with the date on which they were last answered and discussed.
The National Credit Act will have wide ranging implications for attorneys, and the GhostDigest will be keeping you informed as soon as we know about them.
A page of links to documents and circulars relating to the National Credit Act.
Answers to general NCA questions about credit providing with the date on which they were last answered and discussed.
Answers to NCA questions about the conveyancer-bank relationship with the date on which they were last answered and discussed.
Johannesburg and Durban conveyancers have a second chance to join Korbitec's experts for an update on the implications of the National Credit Act.
Research suggests that retaining clients as a strategy could be eight times more profitable than any other type of marketing.
Further answers to general NCA questions about credit providing with the date on which they were last answered and discussed.
The LSSA has called on attorneys to comment on the second draft of the Legal Services Charter.
The National Credit Regulator (NCR) says Rudco contravened a number of provisions of the credit act.
Keep your web site fresh and interesting with client newsletters and news-feeds.
The third draft of the Legal Services Charter has been posted onto the Law Society of SA web site.
Are you "Working the Room"? - Jack Crook gives some tips on how to.
To BEE or not to BEE, that is the question, according to Sean Bosse.
"Do you need a business development director or a development department at your law firm?" asks Sean Bosse.
Jack Crook explains the benefits to law firms of using the e-mail newsletter as a marketing tool.
Business process management offers a unified system that promises to end the bouts of tug of war that dogged users of previous IT developments within law firms.
Lesirela Letsebe considers the need for practical bookkeeping experience as highlighted in a recent case.
The National Credit Act will place a burden on the conveyancer - should they charge for complying? Vote in our poll.
Success is in the details when planning partner retreats, writes Sean Bosse.
Successful business development means closing the communications gap with your clients.
Peter Butt considers its need in an enjoyable article entitled "Plain Language: Drafting and Property Law".
Sean Bosse gives advice on how to successfully promote your conveyancing service to clients.
Sean Bosse emphasises the need for law firms and lawyers to use marketing and public relations as a strategic business tool to retain and acquire clients.
Two amendments to the rules of the Northern Provinces and Kwazulu-Natal Law Societies were recently published on the SAICA website.
David Feeman believes that lawyers need to know what to do rather than how to become leaders.
The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has released its revised 459 page draft guide on Capital Gains Tax for comment.
The last Risk Alert Bulletin issued by the AIIF was published in February.
Carole Curtis passes on some very practical tips and advice on how to deal with difficult clients.
The long awaited survey from GhostDigest for you about you to help you the conveyancing professional.
Most firms are still confused as to whether to fully integrate their back-office systems. Adam Westbrooke takes a look at the pros and cons.
The first of four articles by Shaun Gillanders on producing and implementing a strategy plan, looks at methods of measuring financial performance.
In the second article by Shaun Gillanders, he examines the tools available for building a coherent business strategy (while continuing to do the day job).
In the third article by Shaun Gillanders, he looks at the difficult step of converting a business strategy into a business operation.
New technology delivers on the promise of joined-up legal management for the e-mail age.
The wide acceptance of document management systems is giving rise to a demand for more sophisticated models according to Kellie Harpley in the Australian Lawyers Weekly.
When used properly, technology has the potential to make the lives of busy lawyers much easier. But, as Kellie Harpley reports, there is still plenty of room for progress.
Client relationships took their place in the limelight at the World Masters of Law Firm Management conference last month in Australia.
Learning about emotional intelligence and employing it in today's competitive and pressured business environment will help to give law firms the edge over their competitors.
The Precise Oxford Dictionary defines a paralegal as someone "trained in subsidiary legal matters".
In his last contribution for the year Sean Bosse looks at practice development through strategic marketing.
E-mail, without question, increases productivity and reduces costs significantly. In spite of this, many firms don't use e-mail effectively. Some don't use e-mail at all.
One of the distinctions between firms that are doing well out of conveyancing and those that aren't is that the latter are so embroiled in the day-to-day issues of conveyancing that they can't see the wood for the trees.
Law firms increase their profits by either increasing fees or by reducing costs. Increased fees flow from price increases and generating additional business. While firms cannot simply increase their fees arbitrarily, a look at what other firms in the industry are doing can pay dividends.