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Writing documents for litigation – Short course

Nov 19, 2018 @ 8:30 am - Nov 20, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

R3180 – R4490
writing documents for litigation

About this course

This practical skills course teaches the principles of drafting pleadings, notices of motion and affidavits. Sixty percent of those who attended this course, started drafting on their own.

Register as soon as possible to secure your space.

Benefits of attending

  • Learn to draft on your own without relying on precedents.
  • Know how to instruct a legal practitioner and evaluate their work.
  • Effectively advise your client when engaged in litigation.
  • Understand how to draft in accordance with case management procedures as introduced in our
  • Acquire techniques in obtaining instructions and analysing fact and law.
  • You will write in a manner that is persuasive.

Who should attend?

  • Corporate and Government legal advisors.
  • Attorneys and Candidate Attorneys
  • Advocates
  • Persons who need to sharpen their drafting skills.


  • Pleadings techniques
  • Particulars of plaintiff’s claim
  • Drafting the plea
  • Motion of proceedings

Instruction techniques

  • The course begins with an analysis of why practitioners are reluctant to draft and rely on precedents. A solution to the problem is provided.
  • The course will guide you step by step in how to deal with facts, laws, and procedures. The emphasis will be on understanding concepts and practical skills transfer.
  • The object is to skill you in drafting in a manner that is persuasive.
  • The presentation will be interactive and participants will be encouraged to ask questions
  • Participants will actually draft throughout the two-day course. Learn from actually applying the techniques under supervision of an experienced practitioner.

Course content

  • Writing technique, including plain language drafting and what is expected by judges – including practical exercises using case studies
  • How to write in a manner that is persuasive
  • Technique in taking instructions
  • How to conduct fact analysis and legal research
  • How to prepare chronology documents
  • Reference to High Court practice directives
  • Preparing to draft particulars of claim
  • How to analyse facts and the law in deciding on a cause of action
  • Reference to the Uniform Rules and how to comply
  • Instruction on how to draft a cause of action
  • Instruction on how to draft particulars of claim, including practical exercises
  • How to plead a defence effectively
  • How to decide to proceed by way of motion and draft notices of motion with reference to practice directives
  • Taking instructions and analysing fact for drafting a founding affidavit, and drafting a persuasive affidavit
  • How to draft an answering affidavit

What previous delegates said

  • Mr Hussain gave us the philosophy behind the art of drafting. It was a transformative experience.
  • The course was an absolute Master Class. It has to become obligatory for all professionals in our field to attend seminars like these.
  • Brilliant course! Learned a lot … best 2 days spent.
  • I took annual leave and paid for this course myself – it was worth every cent!
  • An inspirational course – motivating all of us to write our own pleadings and affidavits.
  • The course is excellent. The presenter’s perspective makes for critical and analytical thinking.


Ismail Hussain SC is a former Judge of the High Court and Competition Appeal Court. He has been a highly popular LEAD trainer for many years. Mr Hussain SC is an expert in commercial drafting, opinion writing, and litigation and case management. He is also a published author.

Fees (VAT inclusive)

  • Staff from a practising attorney’s firm: R3 180
  • Other professions: R4 490

How do I register?

  • Complete pages 3 and 4 of the attached registration form
  • Bank details can be found on page 2 of the registration form
  • Email your competed form, proof of payment and copy of ID/Passport to [email protected]
  • Space is limited and registration is on a first come first-serve basis
  • Registration closes one week prior to the start of the course
  • Kindly specify on the form that you heard about this course from GoLegal

For more information on this course, email Bettie Lubbe on [email protected] or call (012 441 4670 (direct) or 441 4600 (switchboard)



Please note : LSSA/LEAD reserves the right to cancel a learning activity should the number of students not justify the costs involved.


Nov 19, 2018 @ 8:30 am
Nov 20, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
R3180 – R4490
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+27 (0)12 441 4669


Venue TBA – Midrand
Johannesburg, South Africa
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