It can now be confidently argued that a legal responsibility rests on every lawyer who advises a client on a dispute, to be equipped to advise on the alternative forms of resolving the dispute.' This proposition, stated and justified in the Adrasa Newsletter of July 1993, does not appear to have been challenged. On the contrary, the case which was made is supported by the many statements by the Minister of Justice in support of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), recognition of ADR in legislation such a the Pension Funds Act 24 of 1956 and by the investigations of the SA Law Commission.
How would you like to be able to access the office of the Registrar of Companies/Close Corporations from your PC? I am pleased to report that a product is now available to enable you to do just that. It consists of an online Internet company and close corporation search facility combined with a Windows-based desktop application that generates the prescribed CK and CM forms.
Having left the pressures of a busy Johannesburg commercial litigation practice for the peace and tranquillity of Simon 's Town*. I imagined that my energies as an attorney in practice would be focused on the need of the local community. As I understood the position, Simon's Town was now the centre for foreign property buyers and indeed persons wishing to retire in a beautiful coastal setting surrounded by mountains. I expected that I would soon have queues of prospective clients asking me to draw their will and trusts and to advise them generally on estate-planning issues. Little did I know how wrong this prognosis was to be.