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All attorneys in this firm pledge at all times to:
• Maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity;
• Treat the interests of our clients as paramount, subject always to
• our duty to the court;
• the interests of justice;
• the observation of the law;
• the maintenance of ethical standards.
• Honour any undertaking given in the course of our practice;
• Refrain from doing anything where our client's interests conflict with our own or those of our other clients;
• Maintain confidentiality regarding the affairs of our clients;
• Account faithfully, accurately and timeously for our clients' money;
• Maintain the independence necessary to enable us to give our clients unbiased advice;
• Advise our clients at the earliest possible opportunity on the likely success of their cases and neither generate unnecessary work nor involve our clients in unnecessary expense;
• Use our best efforts to carry out work in a competent and timely manner and to regularly and comprehensively report to our clients in simple language;
• Charge such reasonable fee for our work as we are entitled to do;
• Refrain from accepting or paying any undisclosed fee or commission relating to the file of any of our clients;
• Refrain from doing anything that may bring the attorneys' profession into disrepute.
With the "privatization" of what was formally provincial and national sports teams, the involvement of "big" money in sport, sponsorships and the emergence of highly paid professional players, sport men and women, this area of the law is rapidly developing. Professional sport, by its very nature, has major commercial and delictual considerations. What happens if rugby player A in the heat of the game gives it to rugby player B on the chin and in the process fractures B's jaw bone effectively rendering B out of the game for the rest of the season. And this all happens in the first game of the season.
Can A be held responsible for B's loss of income?
Our services include - advice on the regulation of sport, sport injuries and delictual liability, the representation of parties at disciplinary proceedings, employment and competition law, sports merchandising and related rights, sport sponsorships and sponsorship agreements and player contracts.
South African immovable property (land) law is based on Roman Dutch principles and is substantially regulated by statute.
All land and ownership of land in South Africa is recorded and registered in Deeds Registries situated at various large centers in the Republic. The requirements for the sale of land and transfer of land ownership are strictly governed by statute.
Certain other rights also recorded in the Deeds registries include Mortgage Bonds, Notarial Bonds, Personal and Praedial Servitudes, certain Leases, certain Mineral rights and Initial rights of ownership to expedite the development of large scale housing.
South Africa has one of the highest divorce rates in the world and family and matrimonial matters are regulated by the common law and a well developed system of statute law. Divorce, maintenance, child care etc. are all governed by statute which have over the years phased out the common law to a large extend. Even though divorce matters involves litigation and some times protracted litigation, this litigation cannot be referred to alternative dispute resolution as the nature of such litigation is to affect the status of persons involved.
Our services include - advising parties on the various property regimes governing marriages, drafting of ante-nuptial agreements drafting of all documents required in divorce matters, settlement agreements and advice on all aspects of divorce including maintenance and custody disputes.
The winding up of a deceased estate is governed by the Estates Act and the Estate Duty Act with the Master of the High Court as the ultimate watch dog. The executor has six months to file a liquidation and distribution account with the Master for approval and once approved the executor will distribute the estate in terms of the account. In drafting the liquidation and distribution account the executor follows the wishes of the testator as embodied in his will and in the absence of a will in accordance with the act on intestate succession.
Our services include - the reporting of an deceased estate to the master, the winding up of the estate and the distribution of the assets to the heirs.
Personal Injury Claims
It is regrettably so that the first association many people have with the law is as claimants or defendants in personal injuries cases. A successful claim usually depends on the claimant proving that the defendant breached a duty of care towards the injured party, acted negligently and caused the claimant to suffer damages. Save in rare cases (e.g. dog bite claims) the fault principle is applied. South Africa’s high number of motor accident victims are compensated under the Road Accident Fund Act of 1996. a quasi-government body is funded through levies on petrol sales. This fund pays compensation to the victims of motor accidents where the motorist is at fault. The measure of damages is the ordinary common law one and in certain cases the measure of compensation is limited. Damages for personal injuries include losses actually incurred such as medical expenses and loss of earnings, potential losses such as loss of future earnings or earning capacity and general damages for pain, suffering, loss of amenities, disability and disfigurement.
Our services include - sound advice and investigation of merits of claim, assessment of damages, litigation expertise and preparedness and the bold negotiation of successful settlements
South African corporate and commercial law is legislated primarily by the Companies Act and the Close Corporations Act. Business ventures may also be undertaken by registered business trusts and partnerships. The formation of contracts falls within the ambit of the common law but various acts however impose special formalities in certain circumstances such as the Alienation of Land Act, Usury Act, Credit Agreements Act and the General Laws Amendment Act. Our services include- advice on the structuring of transactions, the appropriate entity for a specific transaction, formation of companies, close corporations, partnerships trusts and joint ventures. The drafting of documents and contracts such as lease agreements, purchase and sale agreements, shareholders and association agreements, derivatives contracts etc.