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Lawyers practising outside Windhoek meet once a year to discuss matters of law

Lawyers practising outside Windhoek meet once a year to discuss matters of law

The large distances in Namibia necessitates the legal regulator, the Law Society of Namibia, to reach out to its members in outlying towns for once-a-year information sharing sessions and to get feedback from the legal practitioners in these areas.

In February this year, the first of these meetings for the year took place in Otjiwarongo, a day before the Law Society conducted its free legal advice day for the town’s residents.

Called circle meetings, the Law Society said the benefit of these meetings lies in the opportunity for its members, all practising legal practitioners, to share information with the Society’s council and amongst colleagues in the same area.

At a circle meeting, legal practitioners are informed about the Society’s role, its work and its special projects. It is also a platform where members share their concerns and challenges in the practise of law, with the Society’s elected council.

“The benefit of the circle meetings is, inter alia, that members share information with Council and colleagues in the region about what they do and challenges they face. Solutions are discussed and in the process colleagues learn from the experiences of others. In certain circumstances matters are referred to Council for discussion with the relevant authorities on behalf of the members,” stated the Law Society.

The meetings are often the only place where lawyers of a specific area meet, and after the formalities, the conversation proceeds in a more relaxed and social manner, away from the pressures of running a practice and consulting clients every day.

During the year, further circle meetings will be held in the North, at the coast, in the South and in Gobabis.

Caption: Attending the recent Law Society circle meeting for the north-central area, at the Village Boutique Hotel in Otjiwarongo, are from the left, Retha Steinmann, the Law Society Director with candidate legal practitioner Wihann Bezuidenhout,  and legal practitioners Charles Bodenstein, Cornelius de Koning, and Maronel du Plessis. On the right is Law Society Councillor, Mr Appolos Shimakeleni. (Photograph by Gaby Ferreira)



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Daniel Steinmann

Brief CV of Daniel Steinmann. Born 24 February 1961, Johannesburg. Educated at the University of Pretoria: BA, BA(hons), BD. Postgraduate degrees are in Philosophy and Divinity. Editor of the Namibia Economist since 1991. Daniel Steinmann has steered the Economist as editor for the past 29 years. The newspaper started as a monthly free-sheet, then moved to a weekly paper edition (1996 to 2016), and on 01 December 2016 to a daily digital newspaper at His editorial focus is on economic analysis based on budget analysis, dissecting strategic planning and assessing the impact of policy formulation. For eight years, he hosted a weekly talk-show on NBC Radio, explaining complex economic concepts to a lay audience in a relaxed, conversational manner. He was a founding member of the Editors' Forum of Namibia. Over the years, he has mentored scores of journalism students as interns and as young professional journalists. He often assists economics students, both graduate and post-graduate, to prepare for examinations and moderator reviews. He is the Namibian respondent for the World Economic Survey conducted every quarter for the Ifo Center for Business Cycle Analysis and Surveys at the University of Munich in Germany. He is frequently consulted by NGOs and international analysts on local economic trends and developments. Send comments to [email protected]

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