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25 Mar 2021 12:00 am

This week: Registration open for LSSA annual general meeting: 9 April 2021; Property owners have 14 months to comply with the asbestos abatement regulations; and conveyancing industry leaders in UK sign up for blockchain network.

Registration open for LSSA annual general meeting: 9 April 2021
South Africa - LSSA
Registration is now open for the Law Society of South Africa’s annual general meeting and conference which will take place on Friday 9 April 2021. The conference will focus on one of the key challenges for the legal profession; financial sustainability.

We have invited newly elected Legal Services Ombuds, Siraj Desai to give an address on his office and to answer questions from the floor. The LSSA is committed to the rule of law and access to justice and believes that the Judge Desai’s appointment is essential to enhance the ethical responsibilities of the profession and to protect the public.

The conference will be preceded by the annual general meeting (AGM) in the morning at the same venue as the conference. The AGM is open to all practitioners..
LSSA

Property owners have 14 months to comply with the asbestos abatement regulations
South Africa - PropertyWheel
With asbestos outlawed, property owners only have fourteen months to comply. According to asbestos contractor, Indawo, the spotlight is firmly on plans to rid South Africa of all asbestos on all buildings including homes, schools, factories, warehouses, offices, retail centres, residential complexes, and all industrial buildings.

The removal of asbestos is strictly regulated by the Asbestos Abatement Regulations 2020 and will be closely monitored by the Department of Employment and Labour in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993) says Indawo managing director, Geoffrey Jäck.

Depending on the quantity of asbestos and its condition, home and building owners must commission the services of an approved and registered asbestos contractor to work with or to remove asbestos.
PropertyWheel

Blockchain network Coadjute signs up conveyancing industry leaders
UK - Legal Futures
Coadjute, the blockchain network for the UK property market that aims to halve the time it takes to move home, announced the move by leading conveyancing software firm Osprey Approach, property data provider company Search Acumen, and award-winning conveyancing firms AVRillo and PCS Legal to join their digital network.

Coadjute’s blockchain platform is an open network which connects the businesses that take part in property transactions. It tackles the slow, complex, and costly process of property transactions, which has been put under unprecedented strain in recent months, by enabling buyers, sellers and professionals involved in the property process to synchronise events and alerts in real-time, securely share messages and confidential documents, and gain access to third party data and services. Uniquely, property businesses connect to the Coadjute network through their existing systems, making integration easy, and enabling cost reductions, improved resilience, and a transformed customer experience. Coadjute’s open network is built on R3’s enterprise blockchain platform, Corda Enterprise.
Legal Futures