To most people the land they own probably represents their most valuable asset. And yet people are notoriously careless about their legal rights and obligations when buying or selling property. The recent collapse of a number of property dealing companies has again highlighted the need for the man in the street to obtain proper legal advice before purchasing property. There are many aspects which require to be clarified before any property transaction is concluded. In the long run it is far simpler and less costly to clarify and rectify the potential financial and legal implications before a purchase is concluded than afterwards. By virtue of their training and varied experience in these matters the members of our profession are best qualified to advise persons contemplating the sale or purchase of property.
Economically and politically countries of the world are to-day moving towards greater co-operation. So too in the legal field - perhaps best illustrated in the laws of industrial property within which is encompassed patent, industrial designs, trade marks and copyright - is co-operation increasing. At a time when consideration in South Africa is being given to the economic effects of British entry into the EEC it may be well to consider the effects of the latest moves towards internationalism in Industrial Property.
By my het nog altyd onsekerheid bestaan omtrent die reg om namens 'n applikant op te tree by ondersoeke ingevolge die Onderhoudswet. Hierdie twyfel is egter uit die weg geruim toe 'n beslissing onlangs tot my aandag gekom het. Dit is 'n beslissing in die saak van Silvia Tulipan, applikante, teen die onderhoudsbeampte van Kaapstad as eerste respondent, en Abraham Chanin as tweede respondent, en is gelewer te Kaapstad op 7 Augustus 1970 in Saak Nr. M. 27/70, deur Regter van Heerden met wie Regter Diemont saamgestem het.
There are increasing indications that lawyers' fees will be under attack in this decade as never before. The lawyer, as a supplier of services in a period of inflation has been caught up in the consumer protection battle. All major areas of practice are under surveillance. For years there have been federal and state regulations either limiting the amount of fee to be charged or requiring agency approval prior to payment. Generally these have involved relatively specialized areas of law, such as workmen's compensation, Veterans Administration matters, or federal loans.
Italy has just inaugurated what is according to Dr. Errico Laporta, president of a section of the Corte Suprema di Cassazione (the highest court of appeal) the most sophisticated computerised legal reference system in the world. In a matter of a few minutes, an Italian judge can consult any of some 100 000 decided cases. What is more, he can also find whether there have been any decisions on any given legal question and obtain a printout of the relevant decision(s).
Blou v Lampert and Chipkin 1973 (1) SA 1 (A) . Dit is onprakties om al die feite van hierdie uitspraak hierin uiteen te sit. Daar word hierin dus volstaan met die feite wat relevant is vir hierdie bespreking. Afgesien daarvan dat al die feite van die saak nie vir die doeleindes hiervan herhaal hoef te word nie, is die feite betreklik omvangryk soos appï¿½Iregter Holmes hom in sy uitspraak uitgelaat het, ""The appeal in the court a quo lasted for some 14 days, and is reported in 1970 (2) SA 185 (T). I would respectfully refer the reader to that report for a lucid recital of the amplitudinous facts.""
Dit het in die verlede reeds by verskeie geleenthede gebeur dat Sy Edele die Minister van Justisie teregstellings op versoek van regsverteenwoordigers uitgestel het nadat die terdoodveroordeeldes reeds van die datum van hulle teregstellings verwittig was. Hierdie uitstelle is gewoonlik verleen op grond daarvan dat regsverteenwoordigers aangedui het dat hulle oor nuwe feite beskik en vertoï¿½ om begenadiging beoog.