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Road Accident Fund attorneys will have been relieved to hear that at least a slight extension was given for submissions on the latest proposed act - until 11 February.  Of course each variation of the act is different and it is very difficult in short time frames to make submissions again, and again.

Those of you who plan to make them, and it is always good to put forward an opinion and suggestions better rush through it this week!  I can't help but say that these amendments look very serious to me, much more so than on previous occassions.

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Monday 07-Feb-05   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
Giving up time

Its time for the first JAA meeting of the year tomorrow.  I am already a bit jaded by meetings - by tomorrow I will have had 2 meetings of the Racing Association, 1 of the Law Society, 2 of the Gauteng Law Council including a weekend Bosberaad plus all the normal!

What is often most frustrating is that at a JAA level one is not paid for one's time.  Frustrating because although at few levels would you be paid what you could earn in that time, the members tend to behave and demand as if you are.  In other words, you do get calls that essentially imply "What are you doing for the money I pay you?"

Well, I do a lot more than the R0 I make for my time at the JAA and sometimes it really does get frustrating.  Raise your head above the water and volunteer for work, and the result is you will be called on to do more.  You will be expected to account to members and more - and ultimately, the only difference between you and them is that you are giving of your time and they are not.

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Tuesday 08-Feb-05   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
Todays meeting
Today's JAA meeting got off to a slow start.  People not familiar with meetings will be amazed at how much time is spent on issues relating to staff and more.  Just as we got into the meat o the meeting as it were - some 2 hours after it started - my alarm company called my staff to advise that my alarm had gone off, at my house, and there were signs of a fresh entry.  That was me out of there - and thankful I kept my phone on silent and could get SMS's.  The good news is that an inspection of the property revealed no break in or losses - or at least at a quick glance.
Posted by Michael de Broglio on Wednesday 09-Feb-05   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
RAF bill
The deadline for submissions on the RAF bill has come and gone on Friday.  Lets hope all of you did your bit, made your submissions and that Parliament will hear all sides of this debate.  Unfortunately media coverage has generally been poor, one sided and mostly inaccurate in the past and that has helped fuel perceptions that this is only an attorney, money driven issue.
Posted by Michael de Broglio on Monday 14-Feb-05   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
Writing articles

Time flies - especially when you commit yourself to a blog and running a practice!  I spent a lot of the past week writing articles for various newsletters - including that of the Law Society (updating them on the RAF newsletter & also a draft article on the various arms of the profession) as well as for the Gauteng Law Council.  In between I add articles to the RAF e-mail newsletter that will go out out either later this week or on Monday next week.

All seems quiet on the RAF front - not only in terms of actually settling matters with them, but on the bill as well.  That's not normally a good sign!  I'll certainly let you all know here as soon as there is news we can inform you about - with the emphasis on can

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Tuesday 22-Feb-05   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments

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