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HISTORY Before the establishment of Bills of Cost, attorneys had little choice but to prepare and tax their own bills of costs. This is often, a tedious task involving long hours of unproductive labour which frequently results in an under-recovery of expenses due to inaccuracy in an attempt to save time. In 1977 the founder […]

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Taxations: Covid 19 – Level 2

As per the directives of 10 August 2020 by the Office of  the Judge President of the Western Cape High Court, Taxation of legal bills will be conducted as follows: Taxations may be done via the following online platforms: Microsoft Teams or Zoom, where possible. The party presenting the bill may in consultation with the […]

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Covid19 – Impact On The Legal Profession

The Legal Practice Counsel has been requested by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development to provide him with “an assessment of the current business and economic impact of the Covid – 19 measures “ The impact of the lockdown on the various categories of legal practitioners may not necessarily be catastrophic on each individual […]

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Taxations: Covid – 19: Level 3: Update

After much uncertainty regarding the taxation of legal bills at the Cape Town High Court, the following arrangements has been confirmed going forward in relation to taxation of opposed and un-opposed bills of costs : OPPOSED taxations will be conducted in Court 14 in order to effectively maintain social distancing. This arrangement will stay in place […]

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Covid 19 – Level 4 Measures

Following the announcement on 25 April to advance the countrywide lockdown from level 5 to level 4 as from 1 May, a fair number of business sectors will now be able to resume certain activities, but conditionally. Most of the lockdown conditions will remain in place and social distancing and related safety protocols will remain […]

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Two Sets of Attorneys

An attorney whom the client approaches preliminary is known as the instructing attorney. An attorney who continues the work at the instructing attorney’s instance is referred to as the correspondent (or attorney at the seat of the court) Where a litigant resides away from the place where legal proceedings are instituted, he is entitled to […]

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