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We practise law holistically. Our goal is not to pick and win fights, but – through civility and good will – to achieve justice and healing for our clients.

We endeavour to dispose of disputes, quickly and inexpensively. However, where it is appropriate, we will act passionately for our clients.

Since 1974, our boutique law firm has provided friendly, prompt and affordable services in the following practice areas:

  • Arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
  • Commercial contracts
  • Conveyancing and notarial work
  • Family law
  • Labour law
  • Litigation
  • Liquidations
  • Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning

Featured Articles

Restraint of Trade Agreements – When can they be enforced?

Source: Lara Chidrawi, consultant: lara@bmalaw.co.za Restraint of Trade Agreements are valid until shown to be against public policy and therefore unreasonable and unenforceable.  The employee bears the onus to prove …

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Invoice Discounting

What is invoice discounting? Invoice discounting occurs when a Client (“the Client”) enters into an agreement with another business (“the Invoice Discounter”) in terms of which the Client cedes its …

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Naming and Shaming on social media

Beware of publishing a post on Facebook or Twitter and other social media platforms, listing the name of a person (or company) that has committed some alleged transgression, to single …

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What is the legal effect of sending an SMS, instead of a letter, fax or email, to give notice or enforce a contract?

A colleague of mine, Andrew Marshall, of Dingley Marshall Attorneys, wrote this most interesting article: http://www.dingleymarshall.co.za/notice-sms-law/, which he’s happy for me to share. A “data message” like an SMS has …

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What is a Polygraph Test?

Provided by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) WHAT IS POLYGRAPH TEST It is a test used to verify a person’s truthfulness and is often called a ‘Lie …

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Drinking and working policy

Can or should you allow a forklift driver to drive a forklift at work if you know that he has been drinking at work, but a test reveals that his …

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Sectional Title Owners – Who is responsible for Excess Payments on Insurance Claims?

Owners in sectional title schemes believe – incorrectly – that because the body corporate insures the common property it must pay any insurance excesses (e.g. for a burst geyser)). In …

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Can new owners be held liable for historic municipal debt on their property?

  In the case of Jordaan v Tshwane municipality, the Constitutional court handed down a judgment on 29 August 2017, dealing with the constitutional validity of S118(3) of the Local …

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Freedom Of Testation

Can I choose who to benefit in my will? In South Africa, a person can leave his or her assets to whoever he likes, with few limitations. This is called …

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No interest on loans to trusts

One way of avoiding estate duty and donations tax is to sell an asset to a family trust for a market related value. The rationale is to freeze the growth …

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Thinking of Getting Divorced?

Thinking of getting divorced? How divorce works Once a married couple (whether married according to civil or customary law) has decided to get divorced, the person suing for divorce (the …

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Who is a Legal Guardian?

Who is a legal guardian? A client asked me when and how a person should appoint a guardian to look after minor children, on his or her death. Why is …

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