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Property developers are not immune to the water restrictions being imposed by the City of Cape Town and, in terms of the recently published Level 6 water restrictions, have had to reduce their monthly consumption of municipal drinking water by 45% from 1 February 2018. With day zero looming, contractors need to be aware of the remedies available under their construction contracts and, where no relief is provided, to ensure they do not sit…
One of the principal aims of a class action regime is to resolve a large number of claims in a single, consolidated action, thereby avoiding a multiplicity of individual actions and enabling savings to be made through economies of scale.  The finality of class action proceedings with respect to group member claims has, however, recently been called into question by the unanimous decision of the High Court of Australia in Timbercorp Finance Pty Ltd (in…
Twenty-six Federal Court Practice Notes came into operation with immediate effect on 25 October 2016. With all pre-existing practice notes and administrative notes being revoked, little room has been left for error. For solicitors, as creatures of habit, reform of the court practices and procedures may be met with utter panic. But, the outlook is not so bleak. The Practice Notes are designed to be ‘friendlier’ and to simplify and streamline the Court’s practice documents…