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KHL's 2018 Amazing Race

Amazing Race 2018

KHL’s much anticipated Amazing Race for its associates and candidate attorneys took place on 3 March 2018.

The Race certainly lived up to expectations and our contestants faced some very difficult challenges this year.

The highlight of the Race was definitely The Beast water obstacles that the contestants had to navigate. These included military style leopard crawling through muddy, razor wire covered tracks (pictures below) and summonsing up all personal courage to take the dreaded Plunge of Pain (pictures below).

The contestants’ ultimate tests of personal courage lay in their tackling of the Swing of Screams obstacle (pictures below). This obstacle is definitely not for the faint hearted. We are proud of the way in which our junior lawyers took up this particular challenge.

The contestants then swapped the muddy, physically challenging Beast environment for the more refined one of a Master Chef cooking competition. The contestants’ emphasis was as much on the taste of their dishes as it was on their culinary innovativeness and the presentation of their dishes. Which is a good thing, since the judges took the event even more seriously than the contestants. They really scrutinised the results of the contestants’ culinary efforts.

Other challenges that formed part of the Race mix included:

  • An egg and spoon race. Our junior lawyers seem to have very safe hands because not a single egg was dropped. Much to the marshals’ disappointment.
  • The (by now traditional) common knowledge quizzes.
  • A drumming competition. This was done on some lovely traditional drums especially commissioned for the Race from the House of Mandela.
  • An impromptu dance productions challenge. (This particular challenge did not endear our Race designer to some of the contestants.)
  • A long, but clearly delightful, slip and slide course. This was a great way to end the physical challenges part of the Race.

It was a most enjoyable and memorable day of friendly (but fierce) competition, camaraderie, team building and personal realisation. We are pleased to have offered our junior lawyers the opportunity to experience these outcomes outside of the office environment. We are also very pleased with the way that our contestants conducted themselves out there. They did us proud.

Here are some pictures of what our contestants got up to on the day:

View the 2018 Amazing Race Gallery

PS. The Blue Team comfortably won the “Reigning Brain” (quizzes) competition but they were not available for photographs. Apparently they were in the library working on their general knowledge.

PS2. Pity the poor Race designer who has to design a KHL Amazing Race in the future to equal or better this year’s one.


In January 2018 KHL hosted a very successful practical skills transfer programme for some of the legal secretary students from UniCollege. Our “new” (2018 intake) candidate attorneys also participated in the programme.

The programme focused on skills that the students and candidate attorneys will find useful in the real workplace.

It also gave the students an opportunity to experience working life in an actual law firm.

From KHL’s side we were grateful for the opportunity to play a small part in the development of this highly enthusiastic group of committed young people.

Skills Transfer Initiative
Some of the trainers and students taking some well earned time out

This is what some of the participants had to say about their experiences in the programme:

  • “[Our trainer was] VERY welcoming and even [though] at times … I felt that I am lost, I was comfortable to ask her to slow down and explain again.” (Candidate Attorney participant)
  • “ … now I know the business terms that are being used and I understand them.” (Student participant)
  • “Thank you so much for the chance you gave me” (Student participant)
  • “Some of my highlights from the programme include … the warm welcome from all of the professionals at the firm … and the general advice from the directors on how to conduct myself as a candidate attorney” (Candidate attorney participant)
  • “It was the best experience ever.” (Student participant)
  • “The participants’ high level of motivation and will to succeed were truly inspiring. I am sure there are good things to come from these very committed young people.” (Francois Terblanche, participating KHL director)
  • “The trainee participants’ hunger for practical knowledge and wisdom was striking. As was the fact that their questions were aimed at obtaining practical, real life professional guidance. I will be watching their future development with much interest” (Tasneem Crawley, participating KHL director)


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Francois Terblanche, the head of our corporate and commercial department, (fifth from left) signing the platform’s constitution on behalf of Knowles Husain Lindsay Inc. in Chengdu on 28 July 2017

In 2013 the government of the People’s Republic of China, together with the governments of various other Asian and European countries, launched the “Belt and Road Initiative”. The initiative is an inclusive economic growth and infrastructural initiative encompassing large parts of Asia and Europe and parts of Africa.

The success of the Belt and Road Initiative depends, in part, on competent, high quality legal services support being available for its implementation. To facilitate this, Grandall Law Firm (one of the largest law firms in China) and a small number of other founding member law firms (such as Charltons from Hong Kong) have, with the support of the relevant authorities, created a multilateral international legal services co-operation platform, or network then.

The platform is formally known as “The Belt and Road Legal Services Cooperation Platform”.

The platform was formally launched on 28 July 2017 in Chengdu, in the Sichuan Province of China.

33 premier law firms signed up to the platform’s constitution as its initial members on 28 July 2017. The law firms are mainly from Asia and Europe. However, Knowles Husain Lindsay Inc. is very honoured and excited that it was invited to, and did, sign up the platform. We are the only firm in Africa that was invited to become a member of the platform.

Some of the sights in Chengdu, in the Sichuan Province of China, where the platform was formally launched on 28 July 2017

The platform will be much more than just the traditional law firm referral network. Quality assurance and good client care are obviously non-negotiable principles of the platform. But the platform also seeks to bring about on-going jurisdictionally relevant information exchanges, mutual professional development, new arbitration rules and forums, cultural exchanges and value-adding person-for-person professional exchanges.

KHL was represented at the launch of the platform by Francois Terblanche, the head of our corporate and commercial department, and by Kai-Lie Chen, our special consultant.

Francois Terblanche and Kai-Lie Chen

We are very excited, but also deeply honoured, to be a member of this new and dynamic platform. We look forward to playing our full part in its activities and initiatives.

KHL's 2017 Amazing Race

The associates and candidate attorneys in our various teams took part in our 2017 Amazing Race on Saturday 10 June 2017. As was to be expected, competition between the teams was fierce but healthy with a great sense of camaraderie.

The destinations that the teams had to locate as part of the Race included the swimming pool of the closest hotel to the Chief Justice’s Office, Liliesleaf Farm (scene of the capture of most of the Rivonia trialists) and Madiba’s statute on Nelson Mandela Square. The teams of young lawyers also had to find their way around a horse riding school in Kyalami. The challenges that the teams had to complete as part of the Race tested the teams both physically and intellectually. Essay writing, rugby ball place kicking, a pub quiz, a 80s lookalike competition, a ball and bucket challenge, a hidden clue treasure hunt, a lot of clue solving and even more navigation all formed part of a jam packed day. It was a really good day out for all involved.

Have a look below to see some pictures of what was a most enjoyable and constructive day for our up-and-coming junior professionals.