Patrick Bracher (ZA)

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Business rescue application does not terminate provisional liquidation

An application for business rescue does not terminate the office of provisional liquidators nor does it result in the assets and management of the company in liquidation re-vesting in the directors of the company. Where a company had been liquidated, an application was made for business rescue in GCC Engineering v Lawrence Maroos. Although section 131(6) … Continue reading

Interpretation of statutes must be consistent with the Constitution

The Constitutional Court has reminded us in the context of mineral rights that a statutory provision must be interpreted in accordance with the spirit, purport and objects of the Bill of Rights (s 39(2)) and consistently with the Constitution and consistently with international law (s 233), and the courts must apply customary law when that law is … Continue reading

UK regulator to drop general counsel from accountability

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority intends to drop plans to hold heads of legal departments at banks and insurance firms responsible for ignoring misconduct because it would hamper lawyers from giving independent legal advice. General counsels will be excluded from the new accountability regime for senior managers. Binding legal counsel to the accountability provisions would … Continue reading

The elements of defamation

The Johannesburg High Court discussed the balance between the constitutional right to freedom of expression and the required respect for inherent dignity ‘to all human beings’. The defendant in Mostert v Nash argued the allegedly defamatory statements made about the plaintiff were true and in the public interest. It is for the defendant in a … Continue reading

Insurance regulation in 20 Asia Pacific countries

In January 2019, Norton Rose Fulbright published ‘Ten things to know’ about insurance regulation in 20 Asia Pacific countries. The guide is hosted on our free subscription premium content site, the Institute, as an interactive map featuring the 20 jurisdictions. It covers the following countries for those interested in investing or doing business with insurers … Continue reading

CyRiM warns of up to $193 billion cyber risk – Insurers beware!

The Cyber Risk Management (CyRiM) Report 2019 shows that the economic damage to the world from a concerted global cyber-attack propagated by malicious email could range between $85 billion (least severe) to $193 billion (most severe). Retail at least could suffer the highest total economic loss globally ($15 billion), followed by healthcare ($10 billion) and manufacturing ($9 billion). It … Continue reading

Power station damaged by shocked squirrel is excluded

Where a squirrel found its way onto a power station’s electrical transformer triggering an electrical arc that killed the squirrel and caused damage to the municipality’s property of $213 524, the court denied the municipality all-risks insurance cover because of an exclusion for ‘loss caused by arcing or by electrical currents other than lightning’. The court … Continue reading

Draft Expropriation Bill published

On 21 December 2018 the government published their Draft Expropriation Bill 2019 for comment by 21 February 2019. As the laws will affect all of us you should read it and consider commenting. The Bill only relates to registered rights and will therefore mainly affect land rights and mineral rights. The government has said that the law … Continue reading

Public participation in South African law-making process is essential

South Africa is a participatory democracy and where legislation is passed without facilitating public participation, especially by those members of the public most affected, the law is invalid. The Veterinary Association was successful in having the word ‘veterinarian’ severed from an amendment to the Medicine and Related Substances Act because of lack of consultation regarding … Continue reading

Interpretation: ‘Litigation pending’ means awaiting a decision

Litigation is pending if the court still has the power to hear it and dispose of it. The pending proceeding remains undecided or is awaiting a decision or settlement. This principle also applies to administrative tribunals. In Malebane v Dykema the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act 2013 included transitional provisions that ‘all applications, … Continue reading

EIB report on Banking in Africa: Read the findings of our review of the state of bank recovery and resolution laws in Africa

On 22 November 2018, the European Investment Bank (EIB) published the fourth edition of its banking in Africa report. This latest report, Banking in Africa: Delivering on Financial Inclusion, Supporting Financial Stability, focuses on recent developments in Africa’s banking sectors and the policy options for all stakeholders, and includes the results of the EIB’s survey of … Continue reading

Extinctive prescription: When is a debt due?

The Constitutional Court reaffirmed that a debt becomes due when it is immediately claimable or recoverable. Where the purchase price was not receivable under the Alienation of Land Act 1981 until the contract was recorded at the Deeds Office, prescription did not start to run until the recording of the contract took place. It is … Continue reading

Bad subcontractor work not an ‘accident’ – Ohio USA

Ohio’s high court has held that damage from a subcontractor’s faulty work is not fortuitous in the context of a commercial general liability policy which covered an ‘occurrence’ meaning an ‘accident, including continuous or repeated exposure to substantially the same general harmful conditions’ causing property damage including physical injury to or destruction of tangible property. … Continue reading

Cyber breach claim fails under GLP because information not ‘published’ (US)

A Florida court held that the insurer had no duty to defend a hotel operator’s information technology subsidiary against allegations that it was responsible for a hacking incident that exposed hotel customers’ credit card data because, under the general liability policy, there was no ‘making known to any person or organisation covered material that violates … Continue reading
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