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An SA lawyer has found himself on the wrong side of Namibia’s supreme court after not being fully transparent about his practice in SA

An SA lawyer has found himself on the wrong side of Namibia’s supreme court after not being fully transparent about his practice in SA, writes CarmelRickard.

An SA lawyer has found himself on the wrong side of Namibia’s supreme court after not being fully transparent about his practice in SA

23 June 2022 - 05:00A local attorney has learnt the hard way that ethical standards don’t change just because you cross a national border. And that complete transparency, especially about your professional status, is always a fundamental requirement.The case concerns lawyer Peter Watson, who wanted to practise in Namibia. He applied for exemption from Namibia’s board for legal education, but there was a precondition: the applicant’s name must appear on a “list, register or roll” of legal practitioners kept by the relevant authority of the country where they had been practising...

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And that complete transparency, especially about your professional status, is always a fundamental requirement. The case concerns lawyer Peter Watson, who wanted to practise in Namibia. The problem is that dinner doesn’t come along at 7PM to line the stomach and save you from yourself. He applied for exemption from Namibia’s board for legal education, but there was a precondition: the applicant’s name must appear on a “list, register or roll” of legal practitioners kept by the relevant authority of the country where they had been practising. Staring at the yellow bar that marks SA as being at a medium state of peace, I couldn’t help wondering how bad things need to be to slip over into orange (low), or red (very low).. If you intend to carry on festivities (I can’t stress this enough – you’re on holiday and you’ve earned this) a coffee-based drink might hit the spot...

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