Tips for first-time buyers on choosing the right propertyPurchasing your first home is an exciting adventure, but it can also be an extremely stressful one. There are so many aspects to consider when making such an important life choice. Budget - how much can you afford to pay? Which bank or financial institution - who should you approach for a home loan? Who will give you the best rates? Deposit - how much will you need upfront? Term of the loan - what can you afford monthly to limit the length of your bond and reduce the interest you pay but without compromising your current lifestyle standards? Location - where will be the best place for you to buy? 20 Dec 2019 Read more >>

How do I spot a scammer?Using online payment tools has become the norm - for businesses of all sizes and across all industries. Yet, with cyber threats on the increase, unemployment on the rise and businesses hard-pressed to thrive in the current economic downturn, securing operational finances has become increasingly important. 20 Dec 2019 Read more >>

New title provides pharmacists and students with an in-depth understanding of pharmacy lawIn addition to studying and understanding the nature and effect of drugs, their action, contraindication and performance, it is also necessary for pharmacists and pharmacy students to have a comprehensive understanding of the law as it applies to the dispensing of medicines. 20 Dec 2019 Read more >>

Essential reference to property law updatedSignificant changes to South African property legislation make it necessary for legal practitioners specialising in this aspect of law to have access to the most up-to-date resources. 20 Dec 2019 Read more >>

Empowerment begins with equalityGender diversity, inclusion and equality in the workplace are no longer just nice-to-haves. They are business imperatives. Research already shows them to be socio-economic imperatives, because where women and other minorities are empowered, societies are shown to become stronger and to achieve greater economic success. 17 Dec 2019 Read more >>

Enhanced skills for legal professionals lead to better outcomesA newly released title is set to change the way legal professionals tackle the drafting of pleadings. Authored by former Judge of the High Court and Competition Appeal Court, Advocate Ismail Hussain SC, Practical Drafting Skills will be released by LexisNexis South Africa on 18 November 2019. 11 Dec 2019 Read more >>

Proothveerajh appointed LexisNexis MDOne of South Africa's leading women in technology, Videsha Proothveerajh, has been appointed as Managing Director of legal technology company, LexisNexis South Africa. She succeeds Billy Last, Managing Director for the last 26 years, who is retiring at the end of November 2019. 6 Dec 2019 Read more >>

Background screening - what to do and what not to doAdvice on the do's and don'ts of job hunting can be found in abundance online and while extremely pertinent for job seekers, there is great value in recruiters and hiring managers also understanding what they should or should not do during the recruitment process. 6 Dec 2019 Read more >>

Does your company follow a due diligence checklist?Effective due diligence helps companies safeguard their interests and mitigate risks, whether in relation to anti-money laundering or anti-bribery compliance, M&A activity, supply chain transparency or overall business health. However, when due diligence efforts fall short, it can lead to criminal charges, fines, significant financial and reputational cost and other restrictions. With enforcement on the rise across all industries, you need a robust plan, especially when looking to acquire another business through either a sale, merger or other method. 28 Nov 2019 Read more >>

Separating fact from fiction on a CVCan you really trust information declared on a CV as fact? The answer is a solid no! This is because embellished CV's are a dime a dozen and all it takes is a quick online search to prove just how prevalent this trend is among job applicants. 28 Nov 2019 Read more >>

The benefits of an ethical approach to procurementCompanies have come to realise the significance of having in place a strong ethical culture since the King Codes were released. The latest version of the code, King IV published in 2017, delivers stronger support of corporate ethics and the belief that legally compliant companies with sound principles and procedures enjoy a competitive edge over unethical companies. However, a competitive advantage is just one of the benefits as per the framework. 28 Nov 2019 Read more >>

The impact of technology on the conveyancing industryThe use of technology and innovation to enhance performance can have a positive impact on business growth. Embracing technological resources has become a necessity in the conveyancing sector, where relationship and service delivery are key, with referral business vital for sustaining market share. 26 Nov 2019 Read more >>

October outreach campaign benefits local NGOsThroughout October, various charity organisations and NGOs across South Africa were the beneficiaries of the annual RE Cares Month, a global community outreach programme spearheaded by legal technology company, LexisNexis South Africa, through its international parent company, the RELX Group. Cares Day encourages RELX employees to play a positive role in their local communities and this year the common theme of the initiative in South Africa was to support organisations that make a difference by empowering women and children. 13 Nov 2019 Read more >>

Tackle procurement fraud with vettingProcurement fraud is a leading commercial risk and organisations must implement every possible preventative measure to ensure it does not impact the business. Described loosely, procurement fraud includes the acts of "dishonestly obtaining an advantage, avoiding an obligation or causing a loss to public property or various means during procurement process by persons involved in the procurement." 6 Nov 2019 Read more >>

A decade of advancing electronic rates processesBuying and selling property is a complex process made all the more complicated by the sheer volume of mandatory paperwork required to close the transaction. For 10 years, rates clearance management system, Lexis® RatesClearance, provided by LexisNexis South Africa's Business Software Solutions division, has facilitated the speedy and efficient turnaround of the critical rates clearance figures and certificates issued by the local municipality, through a simple and secure online user interface. 29 Oct 2019 Read more >>

Comprehensive guide now available to address expat taxWith the effective date of 1 March 2020 for the 'expat tax' drawing closer, South African expatriates, their employers and tax advisors have little time to come to grips with the impact that this tax policy and law change will have on them personally. This amendment will bring considerable change to the South African expatriate landscape and the complexities thereof demand a technically holistic and specialist approach, as well as a deeper understanding of practical issues surrounding internationally mobile employees. 18 Oct 2019 Read more >>

Another legal tech meetup to make Durban debutAnother major tech company has partnered with legal technology firm LexisNexis South Africa to facilitate its first-ever Durban meetup. In August the Elastic Durban Meetup made its debut focusing on open-source search and analytics and this month, on Wednesday, 23 October, Robotics Process Automation (RPA) specialist UiPath will be making a presentation on RPA and the role it plays in systems automation. 16 Oct 2019 Read more >>

Trek4Mandela benefits Eastern Cape school girlsOver 700 girls at two Eastern Cape schools will have a greater chance of staying in school to reach their full potential, thanks to the fundraising efforts of a local woman who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in their honour in August. 9 Oct 2019 Read more >>

Making lifestyle audits easy practice for businessThe term "lifestyle audit" has fast become a hot topic. This following a pledge by President Ramaphosa and the recent announcements by Public Service Minister Senzo Mchunu, and Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille that the government will be conducting lifestyle audits on state employees and ministers. But what are lifestyle audits and what place, if any, do they have in the private sector? 9 Oct 2019 Read more >>

Small businesses need a proactive approach against financial crimesSmall businesses are as much at risk of financial crimes, such as money laundering, tax evasion, and terrorist financing activities, as their larger counterparts. The Financial Intelligence Centre Act 38 of 2001 (FICA) requires companies to comply or face serious consequences. 7 Oct 2019 Read more >>

Let lifestyle audits uncover employee risksLifestyle audits can be useful in determining if an employee's spending power is in line with their income, as any money or forms of extravagance that cannot be traced back to legitimate sources should be treated as red flags. 7 Oct 2019 Read more >>

Unpacking responsibility in terms of the Financial Intelligence ActFinancial crimes harm South Africans in many ways but fundamentally, they contribute to the depletion of funds and resources that should be put towards the country's development. 4 Oct 2019 Read more >>

Lexis MetroIQ a game-changer for municipal managersThe key role municipal managers and their staff play in maintaining an accurate and up-to-date database of all properties within municipal boundaries cannot be understated. Operational efficiencies throughout processes such as billing and collections and property transfers can only be achieved with a comprehensive and well-maintained property registry. 2 Oct 2019 Read more >>

How can companies better manage their GRC needs now and into the future?Resilience, flexibility and adaptability are all buzzwords bandied about when referring to how businesses can hope to survive, if not thrive, in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and beyond. But the average organisation will continue to face unprecedented challenges, as digitisation of information, artificial intelligence (AI) and advances on the technology front, combine with tight economic conditions to constrain time and staff resources. 25 Sep 2019 Read more >>

Towards a greener and more sustainable business spaceSocietal expectation to act with greater environmental consciousness is increasing. Environmental matters are subject to rapid regulatory and legal developments and change, often becoming progressively stricter. 25 Sep 2019 Read more >>

Elasticsearch Meetup makes Durban debutAround 50 tech and legal professionals gathered at the LexisNexis head office in Durban on 29 August for the first-ever Elastic Durban Meetup, hosted by open source search and analytics company, Elastic, and made possible through a collaboration between legal technology company, LexisNexis South Africa and enterprise search consultancy, Knowledge Focus. 11 Sep 2019 Read more >>

Credit and consumer protection titles less 20%LexisNexis South Africa is running a special on two key titles in the credit and consumer protection domain. The National Credit Act Explained and Consumer Protection Law in South Africa Second Edition are currently available via the LexisNexis bookstore at a 10% discount. As an additional bonus to online customers, when purchasing the two titles together, a 20% discount will apply. 6 Sep 2019 Read more >>

Valuable supplier onboarding practicesCompanies evolve and so do their needs. More often than not, third parties are essential for organisations to function and meet their own outputs. Introducing a supplier into the company's mix should, therefore, be treated as a new ball game simply because every supplier has its own unique selling points and set of challenges. Companies must have a solid understanding of their suppliers before onboarding them, as misinformation or lack of information can have significant impact on reputation and credibility in the long run. 5 Sep 2019 Read more >>

Hiring? Look out for sexual harassersSexual harassment in the workplace is not uncommon, as highlighted in a 2018 survey by Columnite Insites Consulting which surveyed 1000 South African employees. The review revealed that 30% of women and 18% of men indicated that they were victims of sexual harassment in the workplace and that these unwanted advances came from a workplace peer. With such startling results, there is a great need for employers to ensure they play a role in creating positive environments that limit opportunity for sexual harassment and other safety concerns. 29 Aug 2019 Read more >>

Entrepreneurs will need to be savvy to surviveAccording to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor's (GEM) latest report for South Africa, entrepreneurial activity is at its highest level in over five years. The growing number of small to medium-sized enterprises continues to drive growth, combat unemployment and contribute towards the country's economic development. 27 Aug 2019 Read more >>

Prioritising reputational managementBeing aware of and protecting one's reputation and that of one's company is a facet of business that has become increasingly relevant - affecting individuals, corporates and brands alike. Legal professionals are not exempt from this, needing to be aware of how legislative changes impact the practice of law, their reputation and that of their clients while simultaneously upholding human rights as defined in the South African Constitution. 27 Aug 2019 Read more >>

What if you miss something important in your case preparation?Whether acting for or against an individual or an organisation, there are no second chances when presenting a case to a judge. Litigators need to be sure that they have prepared an effective and comprehensive case and that they have conducted their research with due diligence to ensure that they are representing their client in the best possible manner. 27 Aug 2019 Read more >>

Elasticsearch Meetup to make Durban debutDurban tech and legal professionals can look forward to the first-ever Elastic Durban Meetup to be hosted by open source search and analytics company, Elastic, following the success of their popular events in Johannesburg since 2016. The gathering in Morningside, Durban on the evening of Thursday, 29 August, has been made possible through a collaboration between legal technology company, LexisNexis South Africa, and enterprise search consultancy, Knowledge Focus, which traditionally coordinates the Elasticsearch events. 27 Aug 2019 Read more >>

Women in tech closing gender gap at LexisNexis South AfricaSouth Africa's tech scene paints a bleak picture of gender inclusivity, with women representing only 13% of South African graduates in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. This is according to the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report. In addition, only 23% of tech jobs are held by women in South Africa, representing only 56,000 of 236,000 ICT (tech) roles. 21 Aug 2019 Read more >>

Speedy access to comprehensive data essential in fraud investigationsWith fraud representing one of the biggest threats to business, how can organisations best protect themselves and what should they do on discovery of a suspected fraud? 16 Aug 2019 Read more >>

Being at the top of your game - Tips for estate agentsRising property tax rates, water restrictions and increases in the cost of water and electricity, combined with high unemployment rates and uncertainty over land expropriation all make for a challenging sell for real estate agents. Yet, it is not impossible for property sales and rental agents to be at the top of their game in securing client loyalty, leases and sales if one factors in the reduction in the benchmark repo rate, the relaxation of FICA regulations, virtual reality property tools and access to on-the-go technology. 14 Aug 2019 Read more >>

Thuli Madonsela team summits Kili in aid of dignity for womenTwo senior representatives of legal technology company, LexisNexis South Africa, summited Mount Kilimanjaro on Women's Day alongside Professor Thuli Madonsela, after a gruelling five-day journey to the top of Africa's highest peak. 14 Aug 2019 Read more >>

Legal aspects of financing corporatesLegal Aspects of Financing Corporates covers the gamut of legal and taxation implications concerning the financing of corporates and will be of great use to postgraduate students in commercial law, corporate advisors, lawyers, in-house counsel, financial institutions and SARS employees. 31 Jul 2019 Read more >>

Essential resource for trustees releasedAn essential resource for trustees of retirement funds, the Essentials of Retirement Fund Management includes commentary and legislation in a concise and informative style that will appeal to all tiers of trustees. Providing practical steps to achieving effective retirement planning, the title is the prescribed text for short courses on retirement funds and a quick reference for principal officers and professionals involved in the administration of retirement funds and other employee benefits. 31 Jul 2019 Read more >>

Applying a risk-based approach to procurementThe impact of fraud in procurement can be far reaching with many aspects of the business affected by such transactions. With the threat of reputational damage, legal non-compliance and potential financial losses remaining a possibility, it is critical that preventative measures are put in place to eliminate opportunities for fraudulent activities. Rudi Kruger, general manager of LexisNexis Data Services suggests that being aware of the risks that can pertain to employees and suppliers should be among the first steps in an organisation's risk-based approach to procurement. 31 Jul 2019 Read more >>

Keep trouble at bay with regular checks on third-party financial healthWith increasing global focus on limiting illegal activities such as bribery, corruption, illicit proceeds, money laundering, terrorist financing and other financial crimes, the review of third-party financial health within due diligence is more critical than ever. 24 Jul 2019 Read more >>

Embracing Mandela Day spiritGetting into the spirit of Mandela Day 2019 #ActionAgainstPoverty, over 600 staff members from LexisNexis South Africa's six regional offices put their hands to a variety of different projects in honour of our national hero, Nelson Mandela's birthday. 23 Jul 2019 Read more >>

Wi-Fi usage in SA Courts increase as legal industry embraces technology spaceIncreased user and usage statistics of free Wi-Fi provided by LexisNexis South Africa in 16 courts across the country show an uptake in the use of technology in the legal space. The installation of Wi-Fi connectivity by the company gives judges, magistrates and legal practitioners at South Africa's pre-eminent courts easy access to legal information, saving time and aiding efficiency as they oversee some of the nation's most important legal proceedings. 22 Jul 2019 Read more >>

Arming estate agents with the right information to value a property correctlyWith the current trend in the residential property market favouring buyers over sellers, correct property valuation has become more of a priority for real estate agents, in their efforts to ensure a timeous sale. 17 Jul 2019 Read more >>

What to look for in a background screening providerEmployee background screening is highly valuable in the recruitment process as it assists with the identification of red flags such as criminal behaviour, unverified qualifications, fabricated experience and other CV embellishments. Its ability to deliver transparency is what recruiters need to make informed decisions during the hiring process, which is why the right support and tools are necessary, as is selecting the right service provider. 16 Jul 2019 Read more >>

Bringing e-learning to the conveyancing marketRegistered SASSETA Assessor and national course facilitator for the Black Conveyancers Association Training Academy, Tasneem Kanjee, has developed an innovative solution for individuals wishing to gain skills - or upskill - in the area of conveyancing. Through Introduction to Conveyancing, an e-learning course offered by LexisNexis South Africa, Kanjee offers practical and targeted content to meet the needs of this multi-player sector. 16 Jul 2019 Read more >>

Sophisticated tools help track defaultersThe South African Reserve Bank Quarterly Bulletin for March 2019¹ reports that household debt increased at a faster pace in the fourth quarter of 2018, edging up to 72.7% as a percentage of nominal disposable income, and suggesting that South Africans are borrowing to sustain spending. This, coupled with the high unemployment rate of 27.6%² and the 3.2% contraction in the economy in the first quarter, has left South African businesses reeling in moral and literal bankruptcy - relying on debt collectors to help them recoup losses from struggling customers and other ailing businesses. 12 Jul 2019 Read more >>

Personal injury specialist attorney wins industry awardPretoria-based attorney Gert Nel of independent law firm, Gert Nel Inc., recently scooped the 2018 LexisNexis Prize for Legal Practitioners for the best article by a practising attorney published in De Rebus, the official journey of the attorneys profession. 28 Jun 2019 Read more >>

Importance of researching and vetting third partiesNumerous risk management procedures can be employed in support of an organisation's best interest. However, few practices are as significant as due diligence. 27 Jun 2019 Read more >>

Changes to the regulatory landscape pave the way beyond electionsLegal professionals will need access to up-to-date legislation and case law to continue to serve the needs of their client base in 2019. Access to trustworthy and authoritative legal technology and resources will be indispensable in navigating the dynamic nature of the regulatory landscape. 25 Jun 2019 Read more >>

Reducing wasteful expenditure in the supply chainThe Auditor General of South Africa defines irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure (IFW) as 'expenditure that was made in vain and could have been avoided had reasonable care been taken'. In supply chain, wasteful expenditure occurs when hidden risks, particularly employees with conflicted interests or inappropriate suppliers, fly under the radar, thus enabling the mismanagement/abuse of buying power. 24 Jun 2019 Read more >>

Align corporate decisions with best practice, effortlesslyLexis Nexis, in collaboration with many specialist legal practitioners, has compiled a useful, easy-to-navigate online tool called Lexis Practical Guidance. 14 Jun 2019 Read more >>

Steps to help recognise conflicts of interestSometimes procurement professionals can be caught with their hand in the cookie jar, mixing business with pleasure to the detriment of their employers. While the King IV Report on Corporate Governance guides the private sector and the Public Finance Management Act and the Municipal Finance Management Act guide the public sector against conflict of interest, many organisations find themselves having to deal with the consequences of these actions, whether known or unbeknown. 13 Jun 2019 Read more >>

Stay up to date on third-party key developmentsThe single biggest negative factor that could potentially arise from an organisation's relationship with its third-parties is risk. Serious risks that present lasting effects are usually commercial crimes including fraud, bribery, corruption and money-laundering, which is why external parties can't be taken at face value and blindly trusted. 13 Jun 2019 Read more >>

Scoring reputationA new law and policy forecasting report unveiled at the two-day Legal Innovation and Tech Fest takes a fascinating look at the potential legal implications of our rapidly evolving "reputation economy", in which social standing is increasingly managed in the manner of a commodity or tradable currency. 13 Jun 2019 Read more >>

Celebrating 25 years as the leading reference on employee benefitsDespite the fact that contributing towards a retirement fund is compulsory for many employees in the private sector, there was a concerning decline in total contribution towards retirement funds recorded in 2018. According to the 2018 Sanlam Benchmark Survey these reverted to pre-2013 levels. Of equal concern is the expert opinion that in South Africa, 85% of retirees who leave employment will not be able to maintain their pre-retirement lifestyle. 13 Jun 2019 Read more >>

Facing off the GRC giant in the financial sectorThe financial services sector is faced with a high level of regulatory and compliance requirements and finance executives are increasingly expected to master areas outside of their traditional skill set. These requirements are not static and - while the increase in demand and need for such compliance is an essential part of safe and effective service delivery to the public, private and consumer sectors - the issue remains that existing resources need to be stretched in order to maintain compliance. 11 Jun 2019 Read more >>

Staff safety lies in the hands of the business ownerIt is universally acknowledged that a strong employee base is the foundation of any good business. For this reason, when introducing new hires into a company, the safety and productivity of existing staff should be top-of-mind. 10 Jun 2019 Read more >>

Book review by Sophie Robertson, BA LLB (UCT) of Amler's Precedents of Pleadings Ninth Edition, Judge HarmsSophie Robertson BA LLB (UCT) is a legal associate at Exigent Group Limited in Cape Town and currently serves as the chairperson of the Cape Town Candidate Attorney Association. 30 May 2019 Read more >>

Confusion in the prescription of medical negligence claims?For 10 yearsi it seemed as if the law relating to the commencement of the running of prescription in medical negligence matters was clear and settled. And indeed, it was by the decision in 2006, by the SCA in Truter v Deyselii ("Truter's case"). Then, 10 years later, came the case of Links v MEC Department of Health Northern Cape Provinceiii (Links' case), in the Constitutional Court. 28 May 2019 Read more >>

Legal Tech Meetups launchedAn exciting new series of meetups has been launched for tech and legal experts to share thought leadership ideas on how to practically explore the sheer number of opportunities which legal technology enablement and new design thinking can bring to the industry. 28 May 2019 Read more >>

Best practice for supplier selectionSupplier services are essential in helping a business to function and reach its operational objectives. Considering their significance to the performance of a business, it is of utmost importance to work with the right suppliers. While there is usually a diverse pool of suppliers available in most industries, not all of them would serve in the best interest of your organisation, says Rudi Kruger, General Manager at LexisNexis Data Services. This is why being careful with supplier selection is wise. 28 May 2019 Read more >>

Professor Madonsela shares Rule of Law passion with Durban audiencePreparations for Professor Thuli Mandonsela's Trek4Mandela climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in August took a stride forward with her Masterclass on the Rule of Law in Durban on 17 May 2019. 20 May 2019 Read more >>

Throwing the book at qualification fraudConsidered a scourge in the job market, the act of CV fraud is the attempt of a job applicant to submit false information as fact. Qualification fraud, in particular, has featured significantly in media reports in the last few years as high-ranking individuals from the corporate and public sectors were found to have doctored their CVs to secure positions which they may not have been eligible for. 17 May 2019 Read more >>

Putting faith in background checksExtensive reputational damage can be severe for any business. However, it is often forgotten that it is not only industry that can suffer from a hit to its public standing, but community and faith-based organisations as well. 14 May 2019 Read more >>

Are agreements in restraint of trade enforceable?There is a common misconception amongst many members of the public, and indeed the legal profession, that agreements in restraint of trade are invalid and unenforceable. As a matter of fact, and law, nothing could be further from the truth. 14 May 2019 Read more >>

Practical guidance at your fingertipsWhether you're a business owner, an HR manager, an attorney, or a legal advisor, dealing with any legal issue effectively and efficiently often requires in-depth understanding. 10 May 2019 Read more >>

Before you sell, know the market value of your propertyAs a home owner looking to sell your home and wanting to realise the best value on your investment, the most useful starting point is to put yourself in the buyer's shoes, says Greg Brown, Director of Data Services at LexisNexis South Africa. 23 Apr 2019 Read more >>

Understand third-party risks when choosing partners and associatesBusinesses and third parties share complex relations. While each will prioritise their own bottom line, they need each other in order to operate. But deciding to go into business with a company requires many background checks to ensure you are making a wise decision that will not put your company's reputation at risk. It is important to establish whether your potential business associate meets all corporate governance requirements and monitors supplier compliance within its own network. 16 Apr 2019 Read more >>

LexisNexis backs Trek4Mandela as headline sponsorThe Trek4Mandela expedition will once again see a group of intrepid adventurers taking on Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise funds and create awareness for the Caring4Girls menstrual hygiene programme. 12 Apr 2019 Read more >>

Help achieve a clean audit with supplier vettingIs a clean audit possible for organisations at a time when corruption, fraud, dishonesty and non-compliance in procurement threaten to undermine the very foundations of an honest company? With so many risk areas to consider, it can be extremely challenging to keep procurement above board. However, the clean audit goal can still be met provided that internal controls are in place and strictly observed at all times, advised Rudi Kruger, General Manager at LexisNexis Data Services. 12 Apr 2019 Read more >>

Expertise in every step of the conveyancing processIn a highly competitive marketplace, the need for excellence in client service becomes a key differentiator. This is especially true for the real estate market, with client relationships being a driver for customer loyalty and referral business. Making use of technological enhancements created with the real estate industry in mind is an essential for greater success and advancement. 8 Apr 2019 Read more >>

UKZN law graduates hone skills at global companyFourteen of the best young minds from the University of Kwazulu-Natal's Master of Laws (LLM) programme have put their qualifications to excellent use at LexisNexis South Africa, where they fine-tune some of the pioneering legal research tools on offer from this global company. 2 Apr 2019 Read more >>

Updated titles provide useful start for 2019 financial planning decisionsThe new year brings new opportunities for success, but sound financial decisions require a big picture view and understanding of the South African financial planning and regulatory environment. Updated for 2019, LexisNexis Financial Services titles provide direct access to the most comprehensive and up-to-date content enabling decision making and recommendations to be made with complete confidence, supported with accurate information and calculations. 1 Apr 2019 Read more >>

Are background checks worth the added cost?For some organisations, the act of screening potential hires is not a necessity. Often, the added cost and effort required for pre-screening serve as an understandable deterrent to business owners who would consider skipping the background check process altogether. However, when weighing up the risk, it can be costlier to the reputation of a business to forgo this step in the hiring procedure. 29 Mar 2019 Read more >>

The best practice when it comes to 'know your customer' KYCAbiding by a host of regulatory requirements is an additional responsibility for businesses, many of which already face immense pressure to increase margins in tough economic times and improve customer satisfaction in competitive environments. Complying with the Know your Customer (KYC) principle within the Financial Intelligence Centre Act, 2001 (FICA) means that organisations are required to vet the identities of their customers/clients before or during the time they do business. This is required to ensure that clients are not involved in criminal and unscrupulous activities, which could significantly affect all that are associated with them. 29 Mar 2019 Read more >>

Using technology to ensure accurate property assessmentsThe City of Cape Town recently announced the opening of the 2018 General Valuation Roll (GV2018) for inspection. Cape Town property owners have until 29 March 2019 to submit in person objections and until the 30 April 2019 to submit objections via e-services or email. 29 Mar 2019 Read more >>

Keep up to date with the changing labour landscapeThe South African labour landscape continues to shift with numerous changes to legislation effective 1 January 2019, requiring employers to bring themselves up to date to ensure compliance. 19 Mar 2019 Read more >>

Durban team in line to win Global Legal HackathonA team of Durban software developers is in the running for a prestigious global award following their first prize win earlier this month at the South African leg of the Global Legal Hackathon hosted and co-ordinated by international law firm Baker McKenzie and HiiL. The event is the largest legal hackathon in the world and aims to create a platform for the rapid development of technology-based solutions in the legal industry. 19 Mar 2019 Read more >>

Tech donation boosts first ADF Law HubA donation of tech resources from LexisNexis South Africa is set to aid the Attorneys Development Fund (ADF) in its vision of empowering deserving law firms to become self-sustainable. The organisation - which provides business resources, strategic mentorship and technical support, mainly to sole practitioner firms - is in the process of setting up its new Law Hub, which will be the first to see the light in SA. More Law Hubs will be rolled out nationally during the next year. 4 Mar 2019 Read more >>

When is a debt not a 'debt'?Once upon a time, not too long ago, the word "debt"1 in the 1969 Prescription Act2 (the "Act") covered just about any obligation to do anything. That, in turn, meant that virtually any obligation to do anything,3 or to demand that another party do something, was susceptible to the exigencies of the relevant prescriptive period in the Act. The notion that a "debt" for the purposes of the Act covered a broad scope of legal obligations arose primarily from the pronouncement in Desai NO v Desai4 to the effect that: 21 Feb 2019 Read more >>

Employee screening is a must for reputable collegesThe beginning of the academic year has become synonymous with an abundance of recently matriculated students jostling for admittance into tertiary institutes across the country. As is often the case, a number of these students are unable to find placement at big-name universities and turn instead, to private and FET colleges. 19 Feb 2019 Read more >>

Determining asset ownership for litigation purposesDetermining what assets are owned by a defendant, prior to instituting legal action, is a necessary part of due diligence in litigation. Technology has revolutionised the way in which asset searches take place, resulting in time and cost savings. 5 Feb 2019 Read more >>

Disrupting data intelligence sourcingAcknowledging that stakeholder inputs have an impact on business success requires that organisations gather information from both internal and external participants. This data provides valuable insights into trends, expectations and risks, enabling informed decision making and appropriate interventions. 1 Feb 2019 Read more >>

Stay up to date with the intricacies of South African tax law2018 was again a year of change in the field of tax law. To assist tax professionals with the challenge of keeping up to date with the changes, LexisNexis publishes their trusted tax annuals, offering up-to-date legislation and expert insights into the South African tax laws. 15 Jan 2019 Read more >>

Meeting the needs of property stakeholdersThe real estate market is a multi-faceted one that involves the teamwork of a range of stakeholders to complete the process of a property sale. From the estate agent, seller and purchaser to the mortgage originator, bank valuator, bond attorney, financial institutions and conveyancer, it is essential that all stakeholders have access to the most up-to-date information available relating to the property and its sale. 22 Nov 2018 Read more >>

Safeguard your hard-earned cash from fraudstersAs members of the public, and companies alike, turn increasingly to the virtual marketplace to supply many of their product requirements, so too has there been an increase in the incidence of consumers being defrauded. 21 Nov 2018 Read more >>

Transport legislation author urges transport companies to prepare for AARTOOctober is Transport Month - focusing on the role transport plays in the economy, flagship projects and road safety - a fitting time to prepare for updates to legislation that will impact the lives of all drivers and transport company owners and operators - the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Bill. 23 Oct 2018 Read more >>

Instantly compare legislation at a specific 'Point in Time'Viewing specific changes to legislation and keeping up to date with all the latest amendments can be a time-consuming and tedious process for legal practitioners, particularly when it involves following a multitude of hypertext links to search for historical versions of Principal Acts. 25 Sep 2018 Read more >>

Bridging the gap between what the law is and how to apply itEmerging forces in the environment pose a variety of challenges for today's legal professionals. Attorneys and corporate counsel are expected to keep abreast of increased regulatory complexity in local and global jurisdictions, while clients are facing cost challenges and demanding more competitive pricing and efficient services. As legal information becomes easier to access, so alternative service providers such as legal consultants and legal outsourcing services can often provide similar service for less. 24 Aug 2018 Read more >>

Using technology to ensure accurate property assessmentsThe City of Cape Town Valuation Office is currently preparing the 2018 General Valuation Roll (GV2018) which will be published in February 2019. Used to finance and maintain the non-income generating services that benefit communities, such as traffic lights, maintenance and disaster services, parks and gardens, rates form part of the tax obligation that property owners are required to pay. 31 Jul 2018 Read more >>

Giant leap for Deeds Office with first electronically signed registrationIn a historic development that could spell faster and more efficient conveyancing processes, the South African Deeds Office has registered its first electronically signed property transfer. 30 Jul 2018 Read more >>

Expanded legal content now available to navigate Africa's business terrainAfrica's heightened economic momentum is widely recognised, with the continent now well entrenched as one of the favoured global destinations for investment opportunities and doing business. As companies without a presence in Africa continue to pursue a foothold on the continent, many South African firms are likewise establishing a presence in select African countries, whether through affiliations or established offices. 25 Jun 2018 Read more >>

Trends transforming governanceHolistic compliance protocols require a revolutionary approach to governance, risk and compliance (GRC). For GRC to be truly effective, businesses need to constantly revisit their processes and adapt to trends within the marketplace. Bosman Stramrood, ?General Manager: Lexis® GRC at LexisNexis, says there are several trends that are transforming governance, risk and compliance (GRC) in the market today. 22 Jun 2018 Read more >>

Using a trusted online legal source makes sense for small law firmsSmall law firms need to be able to assist clients with the best legal advice on a disparate range of matters - irrespective of their specific area of specialisation or expertise. This requires access to a comprehensive legal library and up-to-date legal resources, enabling practitioners to conduct research as required. 12 Jun 2018 Read more >>

Medical Malpractice in South AfricaFollowing the trend in other countries, there has been a veritable explosion of medical negligence litigation in the past 10 years in South Africa. This has necessitated the publication of a comprehensive guide for both medical and legal practitioners. Dealing with the practical aspects of medical negligence litigation from a substantive, procedural and ethical point of view, Medical Malpractice in South Africa: A Guide for Medical and Legal Practitioners is published by LexisNexis South Africa. 9 May 2018 Read more >>

The (un)certainty of taxes: Is the 1 January 2019 implementation date for carbon tax possible?One thing is certain in this context: anyone having to sign off on the Carbon Tax Bill has an unenviable job. Though everyone making submissions at the Carbon Tax Draft Bill public hearings held in mid-March appreciates the need for responsible climate change action, many argue that a carbon tax effective from 1 January 2019 and as currently framed, is achievable, but not necessarily the best mechanism.1 19 Apr 2018 Read more >>

Reliable solution available to contest municipal valuationsThe announcement, by City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba, that 8,000 property owners will be receiving new notices for properties that appear to be over-valued was met with an increase in online property valuation requests, according to Greg Brown, director at LexisNexis South Africa. 5 Apr 2018 Read more >>

Become your own compliance championCompliance officers have the opportunity to position themselves as the essential business asset that they are, anchored not only by a strategic understanding of their business and its regulatory obligations, but also qualities such as adaptability and openness. This is especially necessary in our constantly changing regulatory environment, according to regulatory compliance author, Karmil Govender, of LexisNexis South Africa. 19 Mar 2018 Read more >>

Lexis Library Time Select equips small legal firms to turn time into moneyLexis® Library Time Select, the new 'pay as you go' research pricing package from pioneer content and technology service provider LexisNexis South Africa, will revolutionise the way small to medium legal enterprises in South Africa conduct research, giving them access to up-to-date and relevant legal content and increasing their billable hours exponentially. 2 Mar 2018 Read more >>

Get to grips with the law on strikesStrike action is an area of labour law where the stakes are high. The Labour Relations Amendment Bill, 2017, published on 17 November 2017, attributes a misalignment between the law on strikes and action taken by parties during industrial action, as the root cause for protracted and often violent industrial action. In a specialist new book titled Strikes and the Law, a panel of expert authors addresses these challenges, while also suggesting possible solutions based on their combined expertise. 1 Feb 2018 Read more >>

Guide to conveyancing and notarial practice releasedThe Practitioners' Guide to Conveyancing and Notarial Practice is the latest new release from publisher LexisNexis Legal & Professional, a leading global provider of information and analytics. The publication, authoured by Allen West, is aimed at the property and conveyancing market including legal practitioners, students and estate agents and provides comprehensive and up-to-date examination on the practice and procedure governing the registration of deeds and documents at the Deeds Registry. 31 Jan 2018 Read more >>

LexisNexis South Africa takes top honours at National Business AwardsLexisNexis Legal & Professional, a leading global provider of information and analytics, saw its LexisNexis South Africa operation announced as winner of the prestigious Innovation through Technology award at the 15th annual National Business Awards, held on 16 November at Emperors Palace. The company was up against impressive contenders including runners-up AECOM, Sentech and Dell Computers. 21 Nov 2017 Read more >>

What are the legal implications of your company's social media use?Reputations have been ruined on social media. Recently there has been an upsurge in the number of businesses, educational institutions, government officials and private citizens who have discovered, to their cost, that what they or their employees say online can have serious consequences. 19 Oct 2017 Read more >>

The millennial factor in corporate governanceWhen it comes to good corporate governance, “the power is no longer in the boardroom. It is in the smartphone.” This was the key takeaway from a recent compliance business breakfast, hosted by LexisNexis South Africa at its Durban head office, where guest speaker, Michael Judin emphasised the influence of the digital revolution on the King IV™ Report on Corporate Governance. 18 Aug 2017 Read more >>

LexisNexis supports new advocates with startupEach year, newly qualified advocates from previously disadvantaged backgrounds are selected for a lucrative startup sponsorship from LexisNexis South Africa as part of the company's Advocate Advancement Programme (AAP). The programme has benefited around 200 recipients since inception five years ago, representing a total investment of over R10 million from LexisNexis. 1 Jun 2017 Read more >>

Take the law into your own hands with Lexis MobileTax and legal professionals in need of convenient on-the-go access to their loose-leaf content now have the perfect solution in the form of the Lexis® Mobile smartphone application from LexisNexis South Africa. 5 May 2017 Read more >>

Updated guide offers practical do's and don'ts on competition for corporatesAntitrust and competition laws exist to encourage fair competition and ethical trade practices, yet - despite these laws - high-profile cases continue to emerge indicating collusive practices and cartel conduct. In addition, many corporates still grapple with the shifts introduced within the South African competition law framework by the Competition Act of 1999. 10 Apr 2017 Read more >>

Legal piece wins sought-after ‘best article' prizeJohannesburg attorney Dineo Peta's article on "The effect of the 'once empowered always empowered' rule on the mining industry" has won her the 2016 LexisNexis Prize for Legal Practitioners for the best article by a practising attorney published in leading legal journal, De Rebus. 7 Apr 2017 Read more >>

Mobile legal research is the futureSurvey delivers insights into research trends 3 Apr 2017 Read more >>

What does the King IV mean for compliance officers?The fourth edition of the King Report on Good Governance (King IV™), released late 2016, is the new benchmark for corporate governance in South Africa. Key changes in this fourth edition include fewer principles, clearer differentiation between principles, practices and outcomes, as well as the introduction of specific supplements for different sectors. 29 Mar 2017 Read more >>

Take the proactive approach against rapid compliance changesRapid changes in the regulatory environment as a result of growing pressure from civil society are leaving organisations struggling to keep up with compliance overload. 9 Mar 2017 Read more >>

The importance of updated citations in your argumentAs complicated and time-consuming as legal research can be, there is no more effective way to strengthen an argument in court than with sound case and precedent referencing. Traditional legal research, conducted manually, presents many pitfalls and risks, according to Sumantha Reddy, Content Manager: Legal loose-leaf and Law Reports, from LexisNexis South Africa. 10 Feb 2017 Read more >>

Attorneys continue to embrace technology - LSSA surveyAn increased appetite for online services, smarter use of technology, and the entrenchment of digital research, are just some of the continuing shifts among the attorneys' profession in South Africa. This is according to a new survey of close to 750 South African attorney firms, conducted by LexisNexis South Africa content and technology solutions provider in partnership with Law Society of South Africa. 9 Nov 2016 Read more >>

Acquisition delivers faster growth and enhanced customer benefitsNovember 2016 will mark one year since legal content and technology solutions provider LexisNexis South Africa (LNSA), part of RELX Group, acquired Korbitec, a leading provider of content-enabled workflow solutions for South African property professionals. The successful acquisition has significantly extended LexisNexis' reach into the conveyancing field, which is a critical component of the South African legal market where conveyancing firms represent 25% of the landscape. 2 Nov 2016 Read more >>

Local charities benefit from global community care driveVarious charity organisations and NGOs across South Africa are set to benefit from RE Cares, an annual global community programme spearheaded by leading content and technology solutions provider, LexisNexis South Africa, through its global parent company, the RELX Group. This is the first year that LexisNexis is also joined by its Korbitec division which it acquired in November 2015. 14 Oct 2016 Read more >>

How can online legal research save you time? Young lawyers share their insightsLegal careers are time sensitive and highly pressurised and that means there is little margin for error. As demands heighten, a new breed of legal professionals have come to recognise and appreciate the efficiency, simplicity and accuracy of online legal research. 5 Oct 2016 Read more >>

Tech boost for Kimberley High CourtGreater mobility and digital access for legal practitioners 7 Sep 2016 Read more >>

Legal guide released to tackle HIV/AIDS stigma and discriminationSouth Africa has over the years developed a progressive legal and policy framework to protect human rights for all people living with HIV and AIDS. However continued stigma and discrimination often remain barriers to accessing treatment and efforts to fight the epidemic must be accompanied by a solid commitment to respecting the human rights enshrined in our Constitution. 21 Jul 2016 Read more >>

Gauteng attorney's piece on 'Ukuthwala' earns top honours"One of the fundamental ideals set out in the Preamble of the Constitution is the attainment of a society based on social justice. This ideal will remain a pipedream if the dehumanisation, sexist exploitation and suffering of black women and girls under patriarchal tyranny are allowed to continue under the guise of custom, in particular Ukuthwala." 14 Jun 2016 Read more >>

Mthatha legal eagles set to soar through transformation programmesEight historically disadvantaged Mthatha legal professionals have been recognised and rewarded with tools to grow their legal practices, while at the same time advancing transformation of the legal sector. 1 Jun 2016 Read more >>

LexisNexis and Webber Wentzel launch new legal appLexisNexis has teamed up with African law firm, Webber Wentzel, to develop South Africa's first law firm app of its kind - tailor-made specifically for Webber Wentzel clients in the Technology Media and Telecommunications ('TMT') space. 4 May 2016 Read more >>

New advocates given a career boostAssisting with the development of newly qualified advocates is the mandate of LexisNexis South Africa's annual Advocate Advancement Programme (AAP). This year, 52 advocates from previously disadvantaged backgrounds were sponsored with technology and legal resources as well as in-depth training to help them kick-start their legal careers. 11 Apr 2016 Read more >>

Non-compliance comes at great cost to SA businessesSouth Africa is a highly regulated market which places an onerous burden on corporates to stay abreast of frequent changes in the regulatory landscape. Failure to comply could have costly consequences such as hefty fines and jail time, with boards and directors principally held accountable for non-compliance with applicable laws. 23 Mar 2016 Read more >>

New LexisNexis online store goes liveMarch saw the launch of LexisNexis South Africa's new online-store, giving customers easy access to LexisNexis products with updated features and a more user-friendly platform. In celebration of the new LexisNexis e-store, several launch special offers are available including a ten percent discount for existing e-store customers on their first purchase. 17 Mar 2016 Read more >>

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