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Webber Wentzel

Do androids recognise electric sheep? South Africa's recognition of blockchain arbitration agreements

​​​​​​​​The enforceability of (foreign) blockchain arbitrations under South Africa's international arbitration regime might be difficult but there are possible solutions. As technology advances, a recurring tension is the ability of legal systems to cater for or inc..

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Banwo & Ighodalo

Tax Appeal Tribunal Rules On Security Deposit Requirement For Prosecution Of Tax Appeals

Taxpayers in Nigeria have had to grapple with conflicting interpretations of applicable statutory provisions, on the correct position of the law regarding the requirement to pay a security deposit for prosecution of tax appeals to the Tax Appeal Tribunal (“TAT” or t..

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N. Dowuona & Company

NCA Announces Punitive Measures for Unregistered SIM Cards

As the Government of Ghana intensifies its drives to issue the national identity card – also known as the Ghana Card – to all citizens and residents and to re-register all SIM cards using the Ghana Card, the National Communications Authority (“NCA”) recently issued ..

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FB Attorneys

Bilingualism in Court proceedings remains confusing

In a bid to promote the use of Kiswahili language in official business of the Government, in 2021, the Parliament of Tanzania through the Written Laws (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act, No 1 (the Written Laws) passed amendments to the Interpretation of Laws Act [Cap. 1..

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Adams & Adams

Parody in South Africa: addressing the Hippo in the room

A recent advertising parody has caused quite a stir at the watering hole, and left consumers questioning whether Hippo.co.za may have been out of line.

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What Does A Legal Register Look Like?

Your organisation may be considering commissioning a legal register. There may be some doubts as to what a legal register encompasses and what it actually looks like. These are common considerations for many organisations considering their legal register options. That sho..

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Colour trade marks: another purple patch?

The issue of colour trade marks rears its head from time to time. In theory, it’s very simple – a colour (or a colour combination) can function as a trade mark and can be registered as a trade mark. But many things are great in theory.

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Stress-Testing the Legal Regime for Single-Member Private Companies

The legal framework for single member private companies was one of the major reforms introduced by the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020 (CAMA). In principle, this corporate structure allows for the formation, management, and operation of a private company, by a singl..

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Oraro & Co.

Thoughts on the Sub Judice Rule

On 17th August 2022, in Omwanza Ombati v. The Hon. Chief Justice, The President of the Supreme Court & 4 Others (2022) eKLR, the High Court (Thande, J) quashed the Supreme Court (Presidential El..

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