Varsity College admitted students to register for LLBs. The KZN Law Society refuses to acknowledge these degrees as it maintains that only universities may offer LLBs. A decision from our local High Court is awaited.


Mr Malema will be issuing a constitutional challenge to the Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956.


Prof Davison assisted a quadriplegic friend to die. Whatever one’s take on the topic, it does feel wrong to punish him severely. If that is the case, then surely it is time for our legal system to address this need in society.


Are you, on average, earning more than your partners? Then you are probably subsidising them. Not a bad strategy if you need their support, but, you must ask yourself what support is given that you cannot buy in and how much work is actually brought in by others on your behalf. In small towns it may make sense to attempt to provide a full service but in cities, mid-level specialists often don’t need the support of company as customers seek such specialists out; especially if you have an established reputation.


Don’t you just hate lawyers? The RAF has had 50 500 attachment orders brought against it over the past three years. It blames lawyers for its predicament. It would be quite interesting to see what the RAF pays for its own legal advice?


The Constitutional Court published its decision in the Hunter v the Financial Sector Conduct Authority and others, following on a dispute whether so-called orphan pension funds could be cancelled by the registrar of such funds. Of interest is the decision on whether public functionaries have a general duty to investigate irregularities. No: whilst public officials have the right to apply for the review of their own decisions, there is no such duty imposed on them. What seems untoward, is the court’s statement that an investigation by KPMG, that the Minister did not have enough information available to him on making the decision to cancel the funds, that a reasonable person would have required to conclude that these funds had ceased to exist. Ms Hunter may well have lost on a technicality, but she has certainly exposed a raft of suspect decisions by the registrar. Reference


The redoubtable Prof Sonnekus tackles quite a range of topics: this time he has it against the typical term found in contracts, which says that the signor binds himself as surety and co-principal debtor. He holds that this formulation is nonsense as these positions are contradictory. The article is in Afrikaans but has an English summary. Ask me for a copy.