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Building a Home in 2021: The Dangers of Not Being NHBRC Compliant

“Home, Sweet Home” 

2021 is shaping up to be a busy year for both property sales and home builders, thanks in no small measure to the pandemic-induced concept of “work from home, live anywhere”.

If you are one of the many landowners about to invite a team of contractors onto your property to build your new dream […]

By |January 5th, 2021|Property|Comments Off on Building a Home in 2021: The Dangers of Not Being NHBRC Compliant

Workplace Bullying – Can You Claim Constructive Dismissal?

“…it has been suggested that bullying refers to any unfavourable or offensive conduct on the part of a person or persons, which has the effect of creating a hostile workplace environment… In these terms, bullying includes a wide range of insulting, demeaning or intimidating behaviour that lowers their self-esteem or self-confidence of an employee” (quoted […]

By |January 5th, 2021|Employment and Labour Law|Comments Off on Workplace Bullying – Can You Claim Constructive Dismissal?

Don’t Fall Victim to a Ponzi Scheme in 2021!

“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” (wise old adage)

2021 could well be a bumper year for Ponzi schemes (and their equally evil cousins, pyramid schemes). They flourish in all countries and at all times, but with our pandemic-related economic woes and general disruption we will no doubt provide the scamsters […]

By |January 5th, 2021|General Interest|Comments Off on Don’t Fall Victim to a Ponzi Scheme in 2021!

Life Partners – You Still Need a Will and a Cohabitation Agreement!

A recent High Court decision has been widely viewed as an important victory for the rights of unmarried opposite-sex life partners. Until now, if one such partner died intestate (without making a will), the other could not inherit on the same basis as could a married spouse. Nor could the surviving life partner claim maintenance […]

By |January 5th, 2021|Family Law, Wills and Estate Planning|Comments Off on Life Partners – You Still Need a Will and a Cohabitation Agreement!

Your Website of the Month: Starting a Business in 2021

Whether 2020’s lockdown gave you a great idea for a new business, put you out of a job, or killed your old business, 2021 may well be a year full of new opportunities. If the excitement and rewards of entrepreneurial life appeal to you, have a look at “Starting a Business” on the Small Business […]

By |January 5th, 2021|Business, Website of the Month|Comments Off on Your Website of the Month: Starting a Business in 2021

Before You Buy or Sell Property this Festive Season…

“Who acts in haste repents at leisure” (Aesop)

Our Festive Season is always a busy time for property sales, and this year should be no different – pent up demand, increased affordability, relocations, record low interest rates and availability of bonds are all factors likely to drive a busy property market for at least the next […]

By |November 26th, 2020|Property|Comments Off on Before You Buy or Sell Property this Festive Season…

What Must You Prove to Remove a Trustee?

“…where there is disharmony, the essential test is whether it imperils the Trust estate or its proper administration” (extract from judgment below)

Trustees are of course supposed to work together to protect and further the interests of their trust and its beneficiaries, but the fact is that on occasion serious disputes can and do arise.

If settlement […]

By |November 26th, 2020|Trusts|Comments Off on What Must You Prove to Remove a Trustee?

Grandparents – When Must You Pay Maintenance?

“An inability on the part of the parents to maintain a child must be established before a grandparent will be legally liable to do so” (extract from judgment below)

One wonders how many grandparents are aware of (let alone plan for) the possibility that they may have a legal duty to support their grandchildren in certain […]

By |November 26th, 2020|Family Law|Comments Off on Grandparents – When Must You Pay Maintenance?

Cannabis in the Workplace: Can You Dismiss?

A recent CCMA (Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration) ruling, in which an employee’s dismissal for smoking cannabis before work was set aside and he was re-instated, has garnered a lot of media attention.

Unfortunately, some of the resultant articles and headlines may have given the inaccurate impression that employees are now free to report for […]

By |November 26th, 2020|Employment and Labour Law|Comments Off on Cannabis in the Workplace: Can You Dismiss?

Your Festive Season Websites: Safe Holidays, Dodging the Dangers, and Now For Something Completely Different!

It’s been a hard year but at long last the Summer Holidays are here! Here’s a selection of websites to help you enjoy your break – 

Holiday safely in the time of COVID-19

Read Daily Maverick’s “How to go on holiday safely in the time of Covid-19: A practical guide” here for some thoughts on how to travel to […]

By |November 26th, 2020|Website of the Month|Comments Off on Your Festive Season Websites: Safe Holidays, Dodging the Dangers, and Now For Something Completely Different!