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Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) Judgement

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Written by: Dylon Fisher and Salome Labuschagne   High Courts Have to hear matters even if quantum is within Magistrate’s Court jurisdiction.   In the past attorneys and financial institutions have been disallowed from instituting action out of the majority of the High Court where the quantum is less than R400 000, which has caused havoc with everyone’s processes and efficiency. We are pleased to note that this has now changed for the better.   In the matter of Std Bank vs Thobejane and Std Bank vs Mponga, the Supreme Court of Appeal which is the highest court in the country for these matters, has ruled that...

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Is vaccination in the workplace compulsory?

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Employers have until 2 July to update their Workplace Plan with regards to mandatory vaccinations.   For most, that would seem to be a plot in a science fiction movie, especially in South Africa, which for all intents and purposes is a poster child country with extensive human rights enshrined by our Constitution. Surely no one can force someone to get the COVID-19 vaccination, especially when the President himself left the decision to its citizens?   Directive from Government   An updated Consolidated Direction on Occupational Health and Safety was released by the Department of Employment and Labour on the 11th of June 2021 and it...

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Working from Home: What’s the law?

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While it certainly is more comfortable, are you legally obligated to work in the office if you feel unsafe doing so? What are your rights as an employee when it comes to working from home?   Unlike when we had our first lockdown, this current third wave is different! We are no longer dealing with the state of shock that we all experienced previously due to acclimatising to a new way of life. The shock has now passed, and most of us just want to get on with business as usual.   Covid-19 forced radical, immediate developments within most industries. Most companies jumped into...

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Cyber-attacks and Business Email Compromise

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Cyber-attacks and Business Email Compromise (“BEC”) in commerce have become a major concern for attorney firms and their clients alike. Neil Mc Kinon, Attorney and Conveyancer at Hammond Pole explains the reality of email interceptions and email compromise.   According to a global survey conducted by Mimecast Cyber Security Services in 2020, 6 out of 10 companies globally suffered a Ransomware attack and, given the rise in digital activity over the last year, email threats increased by 64%. Also, according to a report by Accenture in May 2020, South Africa has the third most cybercrime victims, losing R2.2 Billion a year.   Who is...

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POPI Act: Under the magnifying glass

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Michelle Orsmond, Attorney, Notary Public & Conveyancer at Hammond Pole Attorneys shares valuable insight on the what the POPIA Act is all about, the importance of compliance and the fact that consent is not always necessary. What is POPI and when did it start? The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPIA) forms part of South Africa's Privacy Data law and its purpose is to protect Personal Information together with the requirements for the processing of Personal Information. The POPI Act gives effect to the constitutional right to privacy, by safeguarding personal information when processed by a responsible party, subject to...

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New Law created at the Supreme Court of Appeal in one of Hammond Pole’s Divorces.

Hammond Pole Attorneys are ecstatic to announce that the law pertaining to divorce and accrual has forever been changed! Our very own Senior Associate at Hammond Pole Attorneys, Tania Abbotts, attended to a matter in 2016, whereby the high court ordered that a living annuity cannot be included in a spouse’s estate for purposes of calculating accrual. This meant that the court confirmed that spouses involved in a divorce could purchase a living annuity, and effectively use it to place their Pension Interests, in order to reduce their total assets when it came to assessing whether there was an accrual claim. South...

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