Strategic and test case litigation refers to cases which seek to effect changes in laws and policies, and administrative systems, which are beneficial to the public. It is an access to justice tool through which people are empowered, human rights are promoted and fulfilled, and sustainable and resilient development is fostered.
Power & Associates offers a full range of strategic and test case litigation services, which include constitutional-related cases in all South African courts, representation before specialised courts and tribunals, such as the equality and children’s courts, amicus curiae interventions in ongoing cases, and litigation before international and regional courts and tribunals.
Law reform and policy development empowers people to engage with the development of laws and policies that impact them and their communities and ensure a just and equitable future.
Power & Associates assists clients in developing the law and policy in line with the Constitution, international law, and best practices. This includes assisting clients with presenting written and oral submissions to parliamentary bodies on proposed legislation, preparing policy documents, and drafting submissions to state departments, Chapter 9 Institutions, human rights treaty-body mechanisms, and special rapporteurs.
Legal research is central to developing and implementing laws that empower people and better understanding the full ambit of a particular legal question by looking at domestic laws and jurisprudence, and comparative foreign and international law.
Power & Associates assists clients with comprehensive legal research and drafting services, which include research and opinions on prospects of success in litigation, the constitutionality of a policy or law, or compliance with a particular legislative framework. Power & Associates also assists with drafting legislative white papers, bills, and model laws.
Laws and regulations which focus of promoting human rights and fostering sustainable and resilient development are an increasingly important tool to ensure corporate accountability and transparency.
Power & Associates provides regulatory compliance in the areas of registration and establishment of social enterprises and civil society organisations (CSOs), data protection, and environmental and sustainability law, which includes compliance with organisational registration requirements, compliance with South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act 2013 and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation 2016, and drafting policies, codes of conduct, and notices.
Dispute resolution refers to using the law to resolve disputes between parties through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation. Accountability mechanisms refer to independent expert bodies, including ombud schemes and commissions, Chapter 9 Institutions such as the South African Human Rights Commission and Public Protector, and independent tribunals.
Power & Associates provides a full range of dispute resolutions services, including representing clients in applications, actions, and appeals in all South African courts and various regulatory bodies, including the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa, the Complaints and Compliance Committee of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, and the Press Council of South Africa.
Power & Associates offers legal advisory and training services, including in relation to equality and inclusion, sexual harassment, data protection, and strategic activism.