John Giles

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About John Giles

John Giles is the managing attorney at Michalsons. You can read his articles below or find out more about him.

Sign Documents Quickly by doing it Electronically

To sign documents is often a time-consuming and frustrating business. It can take weeks to get a signature from each party on a document. This is often how it plays out: one party prints two copies of a document, signs both [...]

Company Name – What are the Legal Criteria?

Your company name is an important and valuable part of your business. You might want it to reflect what the company does, or the attitudes and ideals that you want your company to embody. But South African law has specific things to say [...]

By | July 28th, 2016|Categories: Company Law|

Close Corporation or CC – What Is It?

A close corporation (or CC) is a type of South African legal entity which was usually chosen for smaller businesses. Under the new Companies Act of 2008, close corporations can no longer be registered and they will be phased out over [...]

By | July 28th, 2016|Categories: Company Law|

What are the Types of Companies?

If you want to set up a company, knowing the different types of companies is important. Different company types have different benefits, responsibilities, and functions. In South Africa, there are five different types of companies: private companies, personal liability companies, [...]

By | July 28th, 2016|Categories: Company Law|

Why the Microsoft Ireland Case is Important?

The Microsoft Ireland case considered whether the US government could compel Microsoft to give it access to Hotmail emails it holds on its server in Ireland. Could a US Government search warrant compel Microsoft to retrieve emails it holds on [...]

By | July 14th, 2016|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |

Shareholder Relationships can be the Mother of all Disputes

Good shareholder relationships are important. According to the Romans, community of property or co-ownership was the mother of all disputes. And this still holds true today. How often does the following scenario play out? Shareholder Relationships can go Wrong Two [...]

By | July 4th, 2016|Categories: Company Law|Tags: , , , |

Candidate Attorney Vacancies, Jobs and Applications

Are you looking for candidate attorney vacancies for 2016 or 2017? I receive many applications from people applying for the position of candidate attorney in our firm. Depending on the time of the year, it can be as many as [...]

By | June 13th, 2016|Categories: Life@Law|Tags: |

Your POPI project should have a law firm as the main service provider

Only law firms should be lead service providers when ensuring you comply with POPI. Consultants, auditors, audit firms and even information security or IT governance consultants cannot provide the legal protection and privilege offered by law firms. Lawyers must be [...]

By | June 13th, 2016|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , |

Cochrane Steel Products v M-Systems Group

Digital advertisers should take note of Cochrane Steel Products v M-Systems Group. Whilst advertising through Google Adwords, many people bid on keywords that include the trademarks of their competitors. For example, if you sell a drink like Coke, you want people searching [...]

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: Marketing Law|Tags: |

Can you send Physical Mail on an Opt-out Basis?

People often ask us whether they can send physical mail (the kind you get in your post box) for the purposes of direct marketing on an opt-out basis. So, send mail to people until they tell you to stop. It is a difficult answer [...]

By | May 22nd, 2016|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |