Legal services – Farris Law Firm Thu, 29 Sep 2022 11:40:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Legal services – Farris Law Firm 32 32 Legalkart partners with BASIC Home Loan to enable expert legal services for a hassle-free home loan experience. Thu, 29 Sep 2022 11:30:13 +0000

LegalKart, a legal technology company, is collaborating with BASIC Home Loan, a Gurugram-based fintech start-up that is revolutionizing home lending in India, to help buyers through their home buying journey and provide expert legal assistance service to its customers. This will ensure customers have a convenient, seamless and hassle-free end-to-end home loan experience. Customers looking for a balance transfer from their existing home loan can also benefit from this facility.

The property verification report is the most important document before buying a property. As part of the collaboration, a senior real estate attorney from LegalKart will review all legal aspects of the property. They will review government records and the chain of ownership documents available to determine and confirm legal ownership of a property and determine any claims on the property. It reveals any unpaid mortgages, liens, judgments or taxes that will need to be settled before the property can be sold; and details of any existing easements, restrictions or leases affecting the property.

This will provide a safe real estate investment without fear of litigation or hidden property loans, peace of mind from the comfort of your home, and the ability to transact with confidence.

Through this partnership, Legalkart and BASIC are simplifying the process of obtaining a home loan by addressing the legal and technical issues that consumers face when obtaining a home loan. It will allow consumers to seek legal advice and access home loans more seamlessly than ever before, using technology, while saving significant time, money and resources. Key benefits include faster loan processing, increased accuracy in assessing borrowers, increased convenience; and more transparency.

Dr. Arvind Singhatiya, Founder and CEO, LegalKart, said, “The reason we partnered with BASIC Home Loan is that over 40% of LegalKart platform users express a need for home loans. During the process of buying and registering a property, verifying the property is the first step before deciding to go ahead with the purchase. Most buyers first spend months requesting and trying to obtain the numerous documents, then more time, effort and money trying to verify their authenticity. By partnering with BASIC Home Loan, we will be offering a property verification service, where buyers can have all documents verified quickly, easily and conveniently from the comfort of their home.

Founded in 2018, LegalKart claims that it has already served over a million consumers and has over 10,000 lawyers on its platform in over 900 locations including several cities, districts and remote areas in India. The Gurugram-based start-up is growing at a rate of 25% month-on-month and aims to double its customer base every quarter. It is also in talks to raise a Series A funding round by the end of 2022 to scale international markets such as Southeast Asia, which is its primary target market.

Mr. Kalyan Josyula, Co-founder and COO, BASIC Home Loan, said, “Buying a dream home, for most clients, is one of the most important purchases of their lives. Apart from financial eligibility, legal and technical verification of the property plays a vital role in the approval of the home loan. Legal issues, which need to be handled with expert help, have been a major pain point for consumers and this partnership will help fill that need by reducing manual dependencies and automating the home loan journey.”

The real estate lending segment has seen robust growth in the current fiscal year, despite rising interest rates. According to RBI data, the total outstanding mortgage loans of banks stood at ₹17.4 trillion in June, up 15.1% from a year earlier. This figure is higher than the 11% year-on-year growth recorded in June 2021.

BASIC has a phygital model, which is a combination of physical agents and a digital model that helps customers choose the right bank and get hassle-free home loans. The agent guides and assists the consumer throughout the loan process, free of charge. In addition, BASIC and Legalkart will offer cashback on processing fees, real estate reporting services when obtaining a home loan or balance transfer service, and additional offers from major furnishing brands to customers.

BASIC works closely with over 50 banking partners and successfully disbursed over 2,500 crore in loans in over 50 cities in FY22. The company is on track to achieve monthly disbursements of over Rs 1000 crores in home loans by March 2023.

About LegalKart

Founded in 2018, LegalKart is a legal technology company. It has over 10,000 lawyers and serves over one million clients in India and globally through its platform, She developed India’s first mobile practice management app for legal professionals and a mobile app for instant audio and video consultations with lawyers. 24X7, 365 days a year.

About the BASIC home loan

Founded in 2020, BASIC Home Loan is a fintech company developing an automated home loan platform in India. It aims to provide consumers with end-to-end execution through technology for faster loan disbursements. The company’s vision is to change the way Bharat (India) finances its affordable housing.

Pons IP launches Singular TM Tue, 27 Sep 2022 15:34:53 +0000

Pons IP, a global intellectual property consultancy, announced the launch of Singular TM, an ALSP (Alternative Legal Service Provider) business line created for the registration of trademarks in Spain and the EU through a 100% online platform that automates the registration application process.

Singular TM allows individuals and SMEs from any country in the world to access a trademark registration service in Spain and the European Union, completely online.

Through this launch, Pons IP opens a line of business that will cover the needs of a client profile, such as entrepreneurs and small businesses anywhere in the world, which already requires an administrative procedure to be carried out competitively, autonomously and fully on line.

The CEO of Pons IP, Nuria Marcos (pictured), appreciated the relevance of the launch of Singular TM within the consulting firm’s new portfolio of services and as part of Pons IP’s digital transformation process.

“With Singular TM, we will expand our natural customer base by bringing professional IP management closer to the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses around the world who need to go through an administrative process and don’t know where to turn,” said Marcos.

“The application of technology in the legal sector is already a reality in the world, as the market shows us every day and as studies also reflect. This launch will also be very positive internally, as it will allow us to optimize the costs of administrative processes and repetitive tasks, allowing our experts to focus on value-added services and strategic consulting to be more competitive,” said concluded the head of PONS IP. .

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UCSB Pre-Law Society offers ‘Clean Slate Clinic’ with the People’s Justice Project Sat, 24 Sep 2022 23:00:00 +0000

The Pre-Law Society at UC Santa Barbara works with the People’s Justice Project to provide free legal services to area clients, including record expungement, crime reduction, and record sealing. Informally dubbed the “Clean Slate Clinic,” this volunteer-run project provides free records expungement services to anyone who qualifies, from possession charges to disorderly conduct.

Promotion of the clinic has been successful so far, with the organization’s latest briefing on September 14 bringing together 20 different cases from the community. Audrey Kenyon/Daily Nexus

Other local entities, such as the Community Services District of Isla Vista and California Rural Legal Aid, will also work on the project.

The clinic came to fruition through conversations between UCSB’s Pre-Law Society and Joseph Doherty of the People’s Justice Project, eventually brainstorming the concept of providing legal advice to clear records regardless of economic status.

“We collaborated and brainstormed until we came to this idea of ​​providing free record erasing services on the streets of IV for anyone in the community,” said Alyssa Rodriguez.

Pre-Law Society co-founder and past president Gabriella Sterritt said the initiative goes hand-in-hand with the founding mission of the UCSB Pre-Law Society: to provide hands-on experiences for students interested in the legal field.

“When we originally founded the company, we were trying to create a strong program for kids who wanted to go to law school, and one of the things we wanted to include was some sort of volunteer initiative,” Sterritt said. .

Alyssa Rodriguez, a fourth-year global studies major and chair of the project, pointed out that while there isn’t a specific demographic the project hopes to reach, it’s an open resource for anyone looking for legal consultations.

“We don’t want anyone to be economically burdened so that they can’t get legal information, because if you are able to get legal information, it can determine some serious decisions in your life,” said Rodríguez.

Sterritt explained that often charges in any capacity can have a significant impact on an individual’s success in obtaining housing, employment and more.

“We offer the Clean State Clinic specifically with record expungement, expungement, and misdemeanor reduction to give people a better future,” Sterritt said. “If they can have their records shortened or expunged, they have better housing and better job prospects in the future.”

For Dan Chu, president of the UCSB Pre-Law Society and president of the UCSB Pre-Law Society, the initiative also recognizes the lack of education around knowing one’s rights when interacting with the police.

“The police aren’t necessarily there for your best interest, and if there are certain things they do that aren’t necessarily what they’re supposed to do, we provide education on that,” said Chu. .

Promotion of the clinic has been successful so far, with the organization’s latest briefing on September 14 bringing together 20 different cases from the community.

“Even from our briefing, we were able to narrow down 20 different cases that we’re going to file motions for and then get involved in those cases,” Sterritt said.

The records cleaning process itself involves creating a petition for the client that includes the “good” they have done since being charged, from getting a job to proving sobriety if the charge is drug-related.

“Joseph is basically going to create a petition that highlights the facts of what you’ve done since your arrest,” Sterritt said. “This shows why it affects your file and why it should be erased.”

The petition will be filed in court with letters of recommendation from anyone in that person’s life who could help the client’s case.

“From there, they collect letters of recommendation from teachers, families [and] any other official who can help the petition, then we wrap your entire petition in a legal statement, attaching your supporting documents as attachments or as “exhibits”. Then it will be filed with the court,” she continued. “If a hearing is required by the court, they will come to your hearing and defend your claim in court and fight it on your behalf.”

The process for expunging records depends on the seriousness of the charge, with more minor charges being dealt with immediately at the table.

“If it’s a more minor load, we can actually just do the clearing service from table saves right there,” Rodriguez said. “Mr. Doherty estimated it would take 5-10 minutes to clear a file… From there, at Doherty’s discretion, we could potentially represent a client if they were to go to trial.

Sterritt said there is a general lack of knowledge on the part of students about processes such as record sealing and expungement that can significantly affect an individual’s future.

“Until recently, I was not even aware of the sealing and expunging of the file. I didn’t really know that was an available thing,” Sterritt said. “Students are going to find that you can remove that one thing from your record that can seriously prevent you from finding a job or a house.”

A version of this article originally appeared on p. 4 of the September 22, 2022 print edition of the Daily Nexus.

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Midsize U.S. law firms see demand edge in tough year – report Thu, 22 Sep 2022 21:11:00 +0000

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(Reuters) – Midsize U.S. law firms benefited from a greater increase in client demand and suffered a smaller productivity decline in the first half of 2022 compared to their larger counterparts, according to a new report released Thursday.

It’s the first time since 2015 that midsize firms have on average outperformed the top 100 most profitable U.S. law firms in demand growth, according to the Thomson Reuters Institute report. The Institute is separate from Reuters but shares the same parent company.

In a year that saw an overall cooling in demand for legal services, demand rose 1.7% for midsize businesses through the end of the second quarter of 2022 compared to 2021, according to the report. Demand fell by 0.2% for the American Lawyer’s 100 most profitable companies, while companies ranked 101-200 saw demand increase by 1.8%.

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Productivity, meanwhile, fell the most for Am Law 100 firms, dropping 3.3% in the first half, compared to 1.8% for midsize firms. Many of America’s top law firms rushed to hire additional lawyers last year amid a historic boom in corporate deals.

The report is based on monthly data collected directly from approximately 70 mid-size US law firms, which can range from 35 to several hundred lawyers, as well as large firms. Medium-sized companies generally charge less than larger companies for legal work.

The mid-size group saw a 6.5% increase in demand for real estate work, compared to 5.4% for the Am Law 100 firms. medium-sized cohort, but decreased by 1.9% for the first 100.

“We’re really seeing a flight to perceived profitability,” said Bill Josten, head of enterprise content at the Thomson Reuters Institute and author of the report.

In other practice areas such as tax, bankruptcy, and mergers and acquisitions, however, midsize companies have seen demand plummet faster than larger companies. Demand for M&A work fell 10.2% for midsize companies in the first half compared to 2021, while M&A demand fell 5.3% for all companies, according to The report.

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Cognizant Selected as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s New Global Technology Services Partner Wed, 21 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000

Cognizant to Provide Managed IT Services to Support Global Law Firm’s Business Growth and Enhance Client Experience

LONDON, September 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Cognizant today announced that it has been selected by global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to manage global IT operations and support its ambitious global expansion plans.

Under the new multi-year agreement, Cognizant will provide 24/7 managed service of Freshfields IT infrastructure and applications, as well as management of its service desk. Cognizant will also help define Freshfields’ technology transformation roadmap. The collaboration with Cognizant will support Freshfields’ high standards of customer service, improving flexibility and driving investment and innovation in other parts of the business.

“Cognizant is already the preferred digital transformation partner of some of the world’s largest companies to support their ambitious growth plans, enable innovation and help improve the customer experience,” said Manju Kygonahally, Head of Communications, Media and Technology, Global Growth Markets, Cognizant. “Many legal services firms are at an inflection point and are beginning to accelerate digital transformation and modernize their businesses. We are honored to support Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer on its journey and contribute to its success.

Global analyst firms continually recognize Cognizant for its leadership across all industries. Analysts point to customer partnerships, scalability, digital capabilities and enterprise expertise as key drivers of Cognizant’s leadership.

About Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is an international law firm with a long and successful track record advising the world’s leading national and multinational corporations and financial institutions on game-changing and business-critical challenges. Our team of more than 2,800 lawyers and other legal professionals deliver global results from our 27 offices around the world. Our commitment, local and multinational expertise and business savvy means our clients can rely on us when it matters most.

About Cognizant

Cognizant (Nasdaq: CTSH) designs modern enterprises. We help our clients modernize technology, reinvent processes and transform experiences so they can stay ahead of our rapidly changing world. Together, we make everyday life better. Find out how at or @cognizant.


Portage County CASA program begins helping children Sun, 18 Sep 2022 21:36:23 +0000 David E. Dix

If you’re looking for a great way to volunteer and help Portage County Juvenile Court make better decisions about the future of our county’s youth, here’s your chance.

Become a volunteer with the Portage County CASA program.

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate, a program that Portage County Juvenile Court Judge Patricia J. Smith started with the help of State Representative Gail Pavliga, who helped the judge to obtain funding.

Children who are removed from their homes, through no fault of their own, due to suspected addiction, abuse or neglect, need an advocate. CASA trains volunteers to investigate the circumstances that led to the removal of the child from his home. Under the authority of the Youth Court, the CASA volunteer provides insight into what is in the best interests of the child.

Is LEDES invoicing right for your law firm? Fri, 16 Sep 2022 23:22:15 +0000

Although LEDES has been a common legal billing format for more than two decades, it’s not uncommon for lawyers with years of experience to struggle to navigate its complex formulas.

If a lawyer’s only interaction with the billing process is time tracking, they may not understand what LEDES billing is or the different LEDES formats. However, for partners, directors and attorneys looking to improve their skills, a basic understanding of LEDES is essential.

Definition of the LEDES invoicing format

Legal Electronic Data Exchange Standard (LEDES) is a billing format created by the Legal Electronic Data Exchange Standard Oversight Committee in 1995. Its purpose is to create and maintain open standard formats for the electronic exchange of billing and other information between corporations and law firms.

Why do law firms use the LEDES invoicing format?

The Legal Electronic Data Interchange Standard Oversight Committee created LEDES as the standard for billing practices for law firms, legal industry software vendors, and enterprises. The goal was to have a uniform standard to keep invoices simple and straightforward for clients while preventing lawyers from providing excessive information on invoices.

LEDES codes, also known as UTBMS (Uniform Task-Based Management System) codes, were created with these principles in mind:

  • Keep the billing process simple

  • Make invoices unambiguous to reduce questions and confusion

  • Allow minimal deviation from existing legal billing formats

  • Only require data that law firms can provide from their existing financial systems

  • Meet the billing needs of the law firm and the entire legal industry

UTBMS codes classify the legal services that the law firm performs and submits as an invoice. There are three types of codes:

  • Task codes: This is a granular description of the service provided by an area of ​​law.

  • Activity codes: These are codes that identify the specific service performed.

  • Expense codes: These categorize the expenses of the law firm.

Instead of grouping costs into general areas that can cause uncertainty, mistrust, and disputes, the LEDES billing process is all about details. A LEDES file with task and activity codes further categorizes costs.

For example, a LEDES invoice can have the following UTBMS codes:

This format shows exactly how and where money is being spent, alleviating customer concern and providing opportunities to optimize spend. For example, you can determine if too much time has been spent on a task that could be outsourced or crack down on lawyers who take exorbitant amounts of time on specific tasks.

Benefits of the LEDES invoicing format

The benefits of LEDES invoicing for law firms are numerous, including:

  • Globally standardized legal invoicing and consistent invoice formats

  • Better overview of legal expenses, including hourly billing and expenses

  • Simplified follow-up for the legal department

  • Reduce the risk of receiving invoices in a non-standard way, such as paper or PDF

  • Reduces invoice processing time and payment — law firms get paid faster

  • Allows quick access and reporting of data on individual line items and details

  • Simplifies audits for billing compliance

  • Minimize customer billing disputes

  • Accurately compile invoices

  • Capture and present important data to business stakeholders and customers

The goal with LEDES may have been clarity, but having a standardized billing process makes the whole system more efficient.

Types of LEDES billing formats

The LEDES Oversight Committee has created several different types of LEDES invoicing formats to standardize electronic invoicing in the legal industry.

  • LEDES 1998: This format was created in 1998 to bring a standard invoicing structure to legal electronic invoicing, but it was later replaced by LEDES 1998B.

  • LEDES XML 2000: This format was introduced in 2000 and contains much more information than the 1998 format. It was retired on March 1, 2022 and included 125 data fields with 7 segments.

  • LEDS XML 2.0: In 2006, the fields for XML were increased to 153 and 8 additional segment types were included, bringing the total number of segments to 15.

  • LEDS XML 2.1: In 2008, XML 2.1 was released to accommodate alternative pricing terms and various math used with third-party timing software and electronic billing systems. The mathematical logic has been standardized in all systems with legal electronic invoicing. This version also includes tax support and more complete data elements.

  • LEDS XML 2.2: In 2020, XML 2.2 was released to support tiered taxes, which increased segments to 18 and data elements to 205.

It is important to note that not all software publishers offer all types of format. When considering electronic invoicing software, look for a solution that accepts the most commonly used LEDES file formats.

How Legal Billing Software Automates LEDES Billing for Law Firms

Legal invoicing software that works with the LEDES format allows you to incorporate automation into the invoice review process and take control of your expenses and expenses. Bill4Time legal billing software allows lawyers to track time and manage billing, and automatically generate bills that incorporate LEDES format to the exact specifications of the LEDES billing system.

The process is simplified — all you need to do is enter specific data in the LEDES format, including:

LEDES can be complicated to use, especially if you do it manually. Law firm management and e-invoicing software provides the assistance you need to track and export invoices in the correct formats.

For staff compliance, you can enable LEDES in system settings and turn it on or off for each customer. There are LEDES specific fields that help export the data into the correct LEDES billing format.

Standardize your LEDES invoicing

Billing in LEDES ensures your law firm is compliant and follows standardized conventions for timers, tasks, and processes. When you have the data you need, you can increase productivity, increase utilization, and eliminate lost revenue

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DLaw’s accomplished employment law firm now helps employees in Bakersfield, CA. Wed, 14 Sep 2022 23:07:00 +0000

LOS ANGELES, September 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Top-Rated Employment Law Firm, Davtyan Law Firm ( brings its dedication to helping employees Bakersfield, California. DLaw opened its doors more than seven years ago with the main objective of protecting the rights of the working class in the Los Angeles Region. Since then, DLaw has focused on helping as many people as possible facing employment issues, such as workplace harassment, discrimination, unpaid wages, and unfair dismissal. Their dedication and experience is what sets them apart from other labor law firms in the Bakersfield Region.

Opening of an office in central california is important to the Founder and General Counsel by Emil Davtyan ever-growing mission to provide the California workforce with accessible legal services.

DLaw also has offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, San Luis Obispoand Chicco to protect all Californians from abusive employers.

Since its inception in 2015, more than 50 DLaw attorneys and employees have helped hundreds of thousands of California workers recover nearly a quarter of $1 billion of their employers. To date, the firm has helped prosecute nearly 3,000 cases.

“Hourly and low-wage workers are a collective group of people who make up the backbone of America,” Emil said. “These hard-working people often don’t have the resources and means to pursue their valid claims because employment law provides for bullying. If someone has been the victim of unfair treatment at work, they can consider it the best place to help. We are always a phone call or online visit away to answer questions and offer free advice.”

DLaw’s new office is located just outside Downtown Bakerfield at 4900 California Avenue Tower B, 2nd floor. Bakersfield, California 93309

DLaw specializes in the following areas of labor law:

Wage and hour claims — California has strict laws regarding lunch breaks, breaks, overtime, expense reimbursement, after-hours work, minimum wage, and more. These laws change frequently and can be confusing.

Harassment and discrimination at work — Employers are not allowed to discriminate or harass, based on certain protected categories such as race, age and gender. Additionally, California protects more classes, including immigration status, sexual orientation, and others.

bad ending — There are several types of wrongful termination, including discrimination, breach of contract, sexual harassment, and workplace retaliation.

Protected Leave Violations – California employees are entitled to a variety of protected leaves, including FMLA (family and medical leave), new parental leaves, military service leave, and more. California leave laws protect employees from unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation as a result of a request or protected leave. Employees have the right to take this kind of leave and employers cannot take certain actions simply because they have exercised this right.

Workplace reprisals — Workplace retaliation occurs when a company takes negative action against the employee who initially filed a complaint. If an employer punishes or terminates an employee for exercising their employment rights, this is considered workplace retaliation and may be illegal.

Are you a California employee being treated unfairly at work? If so, please call 888-TRY-DLAW, visit website or email [email protected]. A representative is available to you 7 days a week to meet your legal needs in terms of labor law.

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Gateley continues its year-over-year growth record Tue, 13 Sep 2022 07:03:39 +0000

Legal and professional services group Gateley maintained its unbroken record of year-over-year revenue and profit growth before and after the IPO, and exceeded market expectations it set at the beginning of the year.

The company recorded a 13% increase in revenue to £137.2m (£121.4m in FY21) and an after-tax profit of £14.3m, a 8.3% increase on last year (£13.2m for FY21).

Gateley made three profit-generating acquisitions during this period, to expand its real estate and commercial services platforms. A new revolving credit facility of £30 million was agreed in April, to increase flexibility in funding the group’s growth strategy.

It also increased its professional workforce by 23.6%, from 767 to 948.

The board said it expects to maintain its growth expectations in 2023 with an encouraging pipeline of new work, acquisitions and the successful integration of acquired businesses.

Rod Waldie, CEO of Gateley, said: “Legal services delivered solid organic revenue growth, comparing favorably to the reported performance of the UK legal sector. Our consulting service lines recorded an impressive organic growth of 26.7%, driving overall organic growth of the Group’s consolidated revenue of 10.9%.

“I am particularly pleased that we made three exciting consultancy acquisitions during the period and achieved annualized consultancy revenues of over £32 million as we continue to grow our complementary services, diversify our offer and to deepen our relationships with our customers”.

“Fake lawyers on the prowl” Sat, 10 Sep 2022 05:25:15 +0000

The Zimbabwe Law Society has warned the public against hiring ‘beaters’ posing as lawyers as cases of people being defrauded by bogus lawyers rise.

“The public is warned to refrain from instructing anyone posing as a lawyer in the magistrates’ court. Before engaging the lawyer, ensure that the person claiming to provide legal services is duly registered and licensed by the Law Society of Zimbabwe to offer such services. Evidence of such a license may be in the form of a valid practicing certificate of that year,” said the executive secretary of the Law Society of Zimbabwe, Edward Mapara, in a statement.

“If members of the public are approached by unregistered and unauthorized persons claiming to offer legal services, they should report them to the courthouse police station or any nearest police station and such persons will be subject to prosecution.

“The public is further warned to refrain from dealing with registered and licensed attorneys who loiter outside the magistrates’ court for the purpose of obtaining legal work (vantage) and taking legal fees without issuing a receipt. It is grave misconduct for any licensed attorney to loiter in court for the purpose of solicitation for legal work.”

In April, Beaven Chipunza, 33, appeared before Magistrate Yeukai Dzuda on four counts of contempt of court and breach of the Law Practitioners Act.

It is alleged that on March 31 this year, Chipunza appeared before Norton Magistrate Christina Nyandoro disguised as a lawyer representing Shamiso Koroka who had been charged with illegal possession of dangerous drugs.

Chipunza identified himself in court as Koroka’s attorney, but he did not produce his practicing certificate.

On April 7 this year, Chipunza also appeared in Norton Magistrates Court in a case presided over by Takunda Chipeta where he also claimed to represent Koroka.

He was asked to produce his certificate of practice, but again failed to do so. Chipunza also impersonated a lawyer on two other counts.

It was later established that he did not have a practicing certificate, which led to his arrest.