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The Free Legal Advice Days form part of the Law Society's objectives to make legal services more accessible to those members of the public who cannot afford legal services. It also provides an opportunity to skilled professionals to give back to their communities.

Since its inception in 2014, the Office of the Ombudsman has been instrumental in the success of the FLAD by supporting this project and assisting the LSN with the venues and advertising the event in the regions.

The Windhoek FLAD took place on Thursday, 19 September 2019 at the UN Plaza Community Hall, Soweto, Katutura, in a revised format. It was held after office hours (from 17h00 – 20h30). The following topics were addressed in the form of panel discussions, where after time was allowed for questions:

  • Wills & Estates (presented by J Nghishitende - Office of the Master of the High Court)
  • Labour (presented by K Sihlahla - Office of the Labour Commissioner)
  • Mal-administration (presented by Ombudsman J Walters – Ombudsman: Namibia)
  • Children’s rights (presented by I Husselmann – Office of the Ombudsman)
  • Domestic Violence and Divorce & maintenance (presented by A-D Hans-Kaumbi – Ueitele & Hans Inc)

The revised format better catered for those members of the public who are employed and cannot necessarily afford the time-off during work hours to attend and long waiting periods for individual consultations, were avoided.

The Honourable Madam Rachel Jacob, Chairperson of Khomas Regional Council, officially opened the event and LSN Council member, Mr Etuna Josua, delivered the welcoming remarks. LSN Senior Legal Officer, Hendrik Mauyoma, officiated the event.

On this occasion eighty-one (81) members of the public benefited from the FLAD and various legal practitioners were also in attendance.

The next FLAD for 2019 is planned for Thursday, 24 October 2019 in Tsumeb.

The Chairperson, Council and Directorate of the Law Society of Namibia sincerely thank all involved for their participation and support in making the Free Legal Advice Day project a success.


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Hon R Jacob (Chairperson of Khomas Regional Council) – opened the event.


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Adv J Walters (Ombudsman) presenting on the topic – Maladministration.
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
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The Honourable Justice David Smuts of the Supreme Court of Namibia will release, on 30 August 2019, his new book on the life and work of an attorney in the 1980’s in the then South West Africa.

The book is published by South African publishing house, Tafelberg under the title “Death, Detention and Disappearance: A lawyer’s battle to hold power to account in 1980’s Namibia” and will be featured at the Open Book Festival in Cape Town in September 2019.

Earlier this year, Justice Smuts was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science in recognition of his professional contribution to legal practice in Namibia during his active career of close to 40 years.

The American Academy of Arts and Science was founded in 1780 with the mission to honour leaders from various fields who address issues of importance to the world. It also aims “to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honour, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people.”

The Academy not only recognises and celebrates its members and their excellence, but it also serves as a research centre convening leaders from across disciplines, professions, and perspectives to address significant challenges.

It is therefore with profound honour and great respect that the Law Society of Namibia sends its warmest congratulations to Justice Smuts for his election as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. This is indeed a remarkable and noteworthy achievement, not only for Justice Smuts, but for the Namibian legal system as a whole.

Later this year in October, Justice Smuts will present a public lecture at Sanborn House at the University of Dartmouth in New Hampshire, United States, upon a joint invitation by the university’s English and Governance Departments.

Justice Smuts was the founding director of the Legal Assistance Centre, established to provide legal representation to political leaders before Independence. His continuous struggle as a lawyer to protect human rights in general, and the rights of opponents of the South African occupation, in particular, forms the fabric of the narrative that he captures in his new book.

Mr David Smuts was appointed as Judge of the High Court of Namibia on 1 February 2011 and as Judge of the Supreme Court on 1 January 2015.
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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