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The LSN intends to appoint Consultant(s) from Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Mariental, Oshakati, Ondangwa, Otjiwarongo, Tsumeb to conduct trust account compliance inspections / audits at law firms who are participating in the RASS / Risk & Compliance programme of the Law Society of Namibia.

The Law Society of Namibia (LSN) is a self-regulating body. It was created in terms of the Legal Practitioners’ Act (1995), which serves the profession and the public, by promoting justice, protecting the independence of the judiciary and upholding the Rule of Law. The Legal Practitioners’ Fidelity Fund is regulated by the Legal Practitioners’ Act, Act 15 of 1995.

The protection of trust monies held by practitioners in private practice forms an integral part of the protection of the integrity of the legal profession. The Law Society plays a pivotal role in protecting such public funds by assisting firms in complying with the rules and regulations regarding the keeping of trust monies, by providing services to address risk management and by conducting regular inspections to ensure that firms do comply.

The Law Society of Namibia seeks to appoint a Consultant for a limited period to, inter alia, assist in:

  • finalising closing down, outstanding and pending trust account compliance audits / inspections in terms of adopted standards and methodologies and strict timelines;
  •  preparing written inspection reports on potential and imminent risks, lack of internal controls and procedures at the firms and non compliance with the Legal Practitioners Act (15 of 1995), the Rules of the Law Society and any other legislation that impacts on the legal profession, i.e. Financial Intelligence Act, Competition legislation and the Usury Act;
  • discussing the reports with the legal practitioners and obtain their written explanations on non-compliance / qualifications;
  • ensuring submission of the abovementioned detailed inspection reports and responses, in respect of audits / reviews / inspections, to the Law Society Director and Council;
  • processing audit refunds.
  • assisting with Curator Bonis Agent functions, if necessary.

Requirements:

The Consultant must:

  • Have a B.Comm (Accounting) / B.Comm (Law) degree or equivalent qualification with a minimum of 5-years bookkeeping, auditing and compliance management experience.
  • Be fully computer literate – (with specific knowledge of Legal Suite / other law bookkeeping programmes / Pastel).
  • Have a valid driver's license.
  • Be a Namibian citizen.
  • Have own vehicle / laptop / other necessary resources.
  • Be available for the period 15 May 2019 to 30 June 2019.

Interested individuals should address their application and CV to:

The Director
The Law Society of Namibia
1st Floor, Namlex Chambers
333 Independence Avenue Windhoek
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The application should specifically state the applicant’s hourly and daily rates.

Only suitably qualified applicants will be considered for shortlisting.

Closing Date: Friday, 10 May 2019
The Law Society of Namibia (LSN) is a self-regulating body created in terms of the Legal Practitioners Act (1995), which serves the profession and the public by promoting justice, protecting the independence of the judiciary and upholding the Rule of Law.

The Law Society of Namibia also represents the interest of its members who all took an oath to uphold the Namibian Constitution, which protects the Rule of Law and Human Rights.

It is tasked with maintaining and enhancing the standards of conduct and integrity of all members of the legal profession; encouraging and promoting efficiency and responsibility in the legal profession; defining and enforcing correct and uniform practice and maintaining discipline among members of the legal profession.

The Law Society of Namibia plays a pivotal role in protecting monies entrusted to legal practitioners in private practice by members of the public and it further ensures compliance with the rules and regulations regarding trust monies.

The Law Society of Namibia, an equal opportunity employer, is in search of suitably qualified individuals to fill the following vacancies:

VACANCY: MANAGER PROFESSIONAL AFFAIRS

Reporting to the Director, as well as the Council of the LSN, the position of Manager Professional Affairs is responsible, inter alia, for:

  • The primary management of internal and external relationships in various segments, corporate governance and supporting the strategic and operational objectives of the LSN.
  • Ensuring the efficient delivery of administrative and secretarial support to the LSN Council, President and various Committees.
  • Ensuring that well researched recommendations be made available to Council and/or committees and/or to stakeholders.
  • Arranging, implementing and managing Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Free Legal Advice Days and other public legal education initiatives and programmes.
  • Administering and facilitating complaints against legal practitioners.
  • Responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Professional Affairs Unit.
  • Assisting with ongoing statutory compliance and risk management.
  • Ensuring compliance with the Legal Practitioners Act, Act 15 of 1995 and the Rules of the Law Society of Namibia.
  • Ensuring compliance with the strategic vision and mission of the LSN and with corporate governance principles.
  • Ensuring the implementation of the policies.
  • Adhering to the ‘Objects and Powers’ of the LSN.
  • Building relationships on national and regional level. 

MANAGER: FINANCE

Reporting to the Director, as well as the Council of the LSN, the position of Manager: Finance is responsible, inter alia, to / for:

  • Ensure and oversee the proper bookkeeping and financial management of the LSN.
  • Manage the LSN’s payroll functions.
  • Preparation of monthly financial statements.
  • Preparation and management of the annual budget.
  • Liaise with the auditors and preparation of the yearly audit.
  • Preparation and management of projected cash flow statements.
  • Ensure best practice and good corporate governance.
  • Risk management.
  • Manage the operational financial objectives of the LSN.
  • Develop strategies and long-term goals.
  • Develop external relationships with the banks, Receiver of Inland Revenue, the Legal Practitioners’ Fidelity Fund and other statutory organisations.
  • Issue membership accounts and collection of fees due to the LSN.
  • Ensure statutory and policy compliance.

Requirements for positions:

  • The Manager: Professional Affairs must be an admitted Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Namibia, with a minimum of 7-years post admission experience.  Private practice experience for this position would be a strong advantage.
  • The Manager: Finance must have a B Comm Accounting degree (or equivalent recognized degree) with at least 7-years’ experience in management, administrative operational systems, financial procedures and payroll.
  • Namibian citizens.
  • Drivers licence.
  • Fully computer literate.
  • Excellent organisation and planning skills, with strong attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of Protocols, Policies and Procedures including Parliament decisions and processes would be a distinct advantage.
  • Knowledge of legislation, regulations, Acts, agreements, policies, associated schedules and procedures relating to the legal profession in Namibia, common sense and common knowledge of the law.
  • Able to adhere and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks independently.
  • Proven ability of excellent communication (oral and written), report-writing and minute-writing skills.
  • Have a complete and comprehensive work knowledge of the Legal Practitioners Act (and its amendments), the Rules of the LSN and applicable legislation.
  • Excellent interactive and interpersonal relationship skills.
  • Sound facilitation, planning and time management skills.

The position applied for must be clearly stated and the application should be addressed to:


The Director
The Law Society of Namibia
1st Floor, Namlex Chambers
333 Independence Avenue
Windhoek

Please Note:

Only suitably qualified applicants will be considered for shortlisting.
No documents will be kept or returned.
All applications will be dealt with in confidence.
The LSN reserves the right to confirm and verify all information submitted.
The LSN reserves the right not to make an appointment.
 
Closing Date: Tuesday, 19 February 2019
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