There is a growing awareness in our profession of the value of good public relations. At Law Society meetings, at conferences and, indeed, wherever attorneys meet, the discussions increasingly turn to public relations. More and more time, money and. thought are spent in the creation of a better image of the profession in the eyes of the general public, and to the establishment of closer links with the authorities and with those who influence public opinion. This growing need to communicate - to tell the world something about ourselves - is not a sinister or disquieting development. On the contrary, it is a perfectly natural reaction to the obscurity experienced by individuals and groups in a sophisticated, urbanised society. Therefore our profession, in keeping with other professions, must also publicise ourselves in order to gain recognition.
Those Attorneys who find themselves continually involved in motor cases consisting of claims and counter-claims for damages resulting from collisions will no doubt agree that the varying and unpredictable costs awards of the Courts have brought about a position wherein it is now an extremely frustrating and hazardous - indeed impossible - task to advise a client on the economics aspect relating to proposed litigation of this nature.
The article on the repeal of pre-union statutes by Mr. F. St. G.Tatham, published in the January issue, highlights the undesirability of hastily repealing long-standing legislation in the so-called interests of uniformity and rationalisation.
A Memorandum on the proposed Patent Co-operation Treaty (PCT) addressed to the Association of Law Societies by our Registrar of Patents in which he called for the views of the Association on the PCT prompted the editor to suggest the writing of this article on the PCT. While the PCT would have far reaching effects only on the practice of those of us who specialize in patents, it was felt that a brief explanation of what it was all about would be of general interest.
Minerale - Betekenis van in Artikel 3(1)(m) van Wet No. 47 van 1937. Ex Parte Erasmus 1968 (4) S.A. 788 (T). Bogenoemde beslissing wat van belang is vir die praktyk in die Pretoriase Aktekantoor, Iï¿½ neer dat sand en klip nie minerale is vir die doeleindes van registrasie van 'n minerale huurkontrak kragtens Artikel 3(i) (m) van Wet No. 47/1937 nie. Die Regter het ook besluit dat aan ""minerale"" sy gewone betekenis, soos in die gewone betekenis van die woord verstaan, gegee moet word.