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Legal Sense and Saiba join forces to offer free legal advice to members

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It’s become increasingly clear that accountants fall short when trying to legal matters relating to labour and contract law, as well as debt collection.

For this reason, the SA Institute of Business Accountants (Saiba) has formed a partnership with Legal Sense to provide members with a free legal service to enhance their service offering to accounting clients.

Says Saiba CEO Nicolaas van Wyk: “After a detailed review of members’ needs, we saw that access to legal advice was a high priority. Legal Sense is the leading provider of ready-made legal advice so it was a natural partnership. The service is offered at no charge to Saiba members and they can phone for legal advice at any time.”

Legal Sense director Sunette Brittz, says the partnership has already borne fruit, with several Saiba members making use of the hot line to ask for legal advice on matters relating to employment, contract law, as well as legal and civil disputes. Other issues covered under the new service include directors duties and personal liability.

This partnership means Saiba members now have highly-trained lawyers in their corner, allowing them offer a more comprehensive service to their clients. 

Another service offered by Legal Sense is debt collection. “We do soft collections, which is particularly important for accountants who do not want to disrupt relations with clients,” says Brittz. “We do debt collections in a very professional way, which allows accountants to remove themselves from the situation. We have quite a few accountants already on our books.”

What is covered under business-related advice 

Labour:  Workplace Dispute Resolutions with Unions, compliance with the Labour Relations Act and Basic Conditions of Employment Act, a basic guide on UIF (Unemployment Insurance Fund) and the Compensation for Occupational Injuries & Diseases Act, as well as employment contracts.

Also offered is advice on written warnings, disciplinary hearings and CCMA or Bargaining Council matters, human resources policies and procedures, retrenchment procedures, 

Many accountants also require guidance on other labour related matters such as POPI (Protection of Personal Information) Act, and Covid-19 compliance. 

Contracts and Policies: here, the range of services include the drafting, perusing and revising of contracts, purchase and sale agreements, lease agreements, service level agreements, letters of engagement and general terms and conditions.

Also available to Saiba members is advice on customer and supplier agreements, loan agreements, acknowledgements of debt, credit applications, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, franchise agreements, independent contractor agreements, and buy and sell agreements.

What is covered under personal related advice 

  • Marriage, divorce, co-habitation, maintenance and visitation, domestic violence 
  • Employment, dismissals, retrenchments, grievances 
  • Issues with goods and/or services purchased. 

This is a massive benefit to Saiba members, worth roughly R10,000 a year.

For more information on how to access and activate this benefit please log into your membership profile.