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KHL'S LATEST SKILLS TRANSFER INITIATIVE


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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Lawyer of the Year

KNOWLES HUSAIN LINDSAY INC. BECOMES A MEMBER OF THE CHINA INITIATED “BELT AND ROAD LEGAL SERVICES COOPERATION PLATFORM”


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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.


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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.


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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.