Breaking chains: understanding the complex barriers to leaving an abusive relationship

Let 16 Days of Activism this year be the last you spend in an abusive relationship Abusive relationships take many forms. We have written about the dynamics of abusive relationships and the signs of abuse. Abuse may be physical, emotional/psychological (gaslighting, controlling you), sexual, financial (restricting your access to funds or your ability to work), […]

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Robbery vs. burglary – what’s the difference?

Robbery and burglary are used interchangeably but they have different meanings in law Have you ever had a break-in or home invasion? If so, you’re one of more than 1.1 million households that experienced housebreaking incidents in the 2022/23 period, according to Stats SA. But did you experience a robbery or a burglary? These terms […]

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Bletchley Declaration – saving the world or serving no purpose?

Bletchley Declaration

What the AI Safety Summit and the Bletchley Declaration mean for the future of AI Key Points: Generative AI and large language models (LLMs): Development of generative AI and the use of LLMs like ChatGPT have brought AI into the public spotlight AI risks include: Factual error (e.g., “hallucinations”, or made-up sources) Disinformation and manipulation […]

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Signs you are dealing with a narcissist

Living with Narcissist

Should I stay or should I go? Recognising narcissistic personality disorder and making an informed choice about your relationship Even the healthiest of relationships have their challenges, because humans are complex creatures and our emotional states are not always in sync with our partner’s. If you suspect your partner is a narcissist your situation may […]

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How AI is changing contract review and due diligence

AI contract and DD

Artificial intelligence complements but does not replace the lawyer’s job We’ve written a lot about artificial intelligence (AI) in recent months. We’re not alone. The internet is awash with articles and blog posts about AI. Some are informed and technically sound; others are purely opinions. Many are both! AI is new, though not as new […]

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Puzzling out the Property Practitioners Act

Property Practitioners

A fresh start for the real estate industry? Estate agents don’t have the best reputation. In most cases, this is unfair and undeserved. Many estate agents are hard-working and want to do the best job possible for their clients. Unfortunately, an unscrupulous minority has given the industry a bad name. Estate agents are often stereotyped […]

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Demystifying maintenance in sectional title schemes

Sectional Title maintenance

Benefits and obligations surrounding maintenance in a complex Sectional title schemes are very common in South Africa. If you live in a townhouse or apartment it is likely you occupy a sectional title scheme. There are many benefits to this type of ownership, not least security. Many complexes have their own social ecosystem, which can […]

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World Mental Health Day

Mental Health

Mental health is a universal human right Tuesday, 10 October, is World Mental Health Day. The World Health Organization (WHO) has set aside this day to ensure that mental health is valued, promoted, and protected. Urgent action needs to be taken to enable everyone to exercise their human rights and access the quality mental health […]

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Vary a divorce order

Vary divorce order

Why and how to vary a divorce order When you divorce, the divorce order is a final and non-negotiable legal document…or is it? Are there circumstances in which you might want to vary a divorce order? And is it allowed in law? The answer to both these questions is “yes”, but certain conditions apply.  Divorce […]

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