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Linklaters SA ally boosts energy team

Webber Wentzel has increased its oil and gas group by recruiting four partners including Kenny Paton from Bond Dickinson.

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Bakers spots bright lights in Africa mining prospects

Investors have reasons to show some confidence in the infrastructure of the African mining sector because some states are developing a similarity of approach, according to Baker & McKenzie.

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Bowman Gilfillan expands francophone Africa practice

South African law firm Bowman Gilfillan is planning to take on the John Ffooks practice which specialises in the law of Africa's 17 francophone nations.

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Hogan Lovells open low-cost office in South Africa

Hogan Lovells is planning to launch a 20-strong low-cost base in Johannesburg in Q2 2014, with plans to grow the team over time.

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Gold Fields GC stands down as SEC inquiry continues

Michael Fleisher, GC of Gold Fields, has been accused of no wrong-doing but his resignation during the progress of an inquiry by the US's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) leaves some questions unanswered.

Lawyers mourn Mandela

Tributes to Nelson Mandela have come from many lawyers around the world including the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights associations which gave him an award the day after he died.

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SA legal reform bill could spark court challenges

The Chief Justice of South Africa has said that the Legal Practice Bill might end up being challenged in court.

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Eversheds ties in to Africa network

Eversheds has strengthened its position on the continent, opening up in four more locations through links with South African and Tunisian law firms.

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Western Cape accused of 'running government through law firms'

The Western Cape government, based in Cape Town, has been forced by the ANC to reveal its legal spend over the last four years.

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Hogan Lovells merges in South Africa

The merger of Hogan Lovells with Johannesburg-based Routledge Modise is being seen as the start of the race between global firms to extend their coverage to the African continent.

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SA law firms still mainly white and male

South African law firms are under fire for lack of diversity.

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Bowman Gilfillan expands across Africa

One of the big five in the region, the South African firm, which opened a Botswana office this month, is working on a medium-term plan to have between eight and 12 offices across the continent.

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White & Case strengthens Johannesburg team

Three new partners are being recruited to White & Case's South African team as part of the law firm's overall Africa strategy.

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Middle classes squeezed out of using law in SA

Middle class South Africans, as well as the poor, are unable to take part in litigation because the legal fees are too high, according to Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffery.

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SA lawyers fight rule to exclude them in arbitration

The Law Society of the Northern Provinces is seeking leave to appeal against a South African Supreme Court decision which can see them excluded from employment and other arbitration hearings.

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Marikana Massacre investigation stalls

Lack of funding has seen legal proceedings stall in the investigation into the Marikana Massacre in South Africa a year after the disaster.

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Mines accused of ignoring silicosis problems

The South African mining industry has been criticised again by the human rights lawyer who represents 18,000 former miners.

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Legal issues top business agenda in South Africa

Legal issues will be among the main issues raised by South African business leaders when they meet President Jacob Zuma next week.

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Mandela family take to courts over burial plots and trust fund

The Mandela family is becoming embroiled in legal action as the former South African president remains in hospital in a critical condition.

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South African lawyers urged to fight 'racial prejudice'

A South Africa-based junior advocate has claimed that black lawyers and businesses should 'not be shy' to sue for anti-competitive practices when they are omitted from markets because of their race.

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