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Honey & Blanckenberg, the oldest legal firm in Zimbabwe, was established in 1893 and is a full service law firm that caters for large corporates, small and medium enterprises, local authorities, civic society and private individuals.

World Intellectual Property (IP) Day

By |2019-06-12T05:37:32+02:00May 7th, 2019|ARIPO, Featured, H&B, Patents, Trade Marks|

World Intellectual Property (IP) Day is celebrated on 26 April each year. It was established by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in 2000 in commemoration of the day the Convention establishing WIPO came into force. The day is celebrated by Intellectual Property Offices, IP lawyers and agents around the world with activities and events [...]

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Information guide to residential property transfer

By |2019-06-20T16:32:54+02:00April 1st, 2019|Conveyancing, Featured|

CONVEYANCING Conveyancing describes the legal procedure whereby the ownership of immovable property is transferred. Property ownership in Zimbabwe is recorded in the Registrar of Deeds’ Office which deals with conventional and sectional title property ownership. Conveyancing is a complex process involving many role-players, all managed by the Conveyancer who is a legal practitioner. The transferor [...]

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Dying intestate – The surviving spouse

By |2019-06-20T16:29:10+02:00November 12th, 2018|Featured, Litigation|

People often put off making a will and eventually die without one, despite the fact that there are various organizations that advocate for people to execute wills. In the event that a person dies intestate (that is, without executing a will) his/her estate is administered in terms of the Administration of Estates Act [Chapter 6:01] [...]

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Is Zimbabwe truly open for business – Investing in the mining sector in Zimbabwe

By |2019-06-12T05:37:33+02:00November 12th, 2018|Corporate & Commercial, Featured|

Mining in Zimbabwe is primarily regulated by the Mines and Minerals Act [Chapter 21:05] (“the Act”), which amongst other things deals with acquisitions and rights to conduct exploration, prospecting and mining. The Act has not been substantively amended for more than a decade and there is need to bring the law in line with current [...]

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World Intellectual Property Day 2018

By |2019-06-12T05:37:33+02:00April 25th, 2018|ARIPO, Copyright, Featured, Patents, Trade Marks|

World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated annually on the 26th of April since 2000 when the event was established by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). The purpose of the celebration is to raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life and to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by [...]

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Debt Collection – How an Acknowledgment of Debt can save a creditor time and money

By |2019-06-12T05:37:34+02:00March 16th, 2018|Corporate & Commercial|

In debt collection matters, the main issues to be decided usually include whether or not the debtor is truly indebted to the creditor in the amount claimed. These issues can be difficult to prove without proceeding to trial even where the parties signed a contract documenting their agreement. Therefore, a party may save him/herself time [...]

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A Run for Your Externalised Money

By |2019-06-12T05:37:34+02:00March 16th, 2018|Corporate & Commercial|

On 13 December 2017, the former Zanu PF Central Committee member, Mr James Makamba returned to Zimbabwe after twelve years of self-imposed exile. Mr Makamba skipped bail and fled Zimbabwe in 2005 after being charged with eleven counts of contravening the Exchange Control Act [Chapter 22:05] as read with the Exchange Control Regulations, 1996 Statutory [...]

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Filing of Trade Marks in ARIPO

By |2019-06-12T05:37:34+02:00March 16th, 2018|ARIPO, Copyright|

Introduction The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) which was established on 9 December 1976 was originally known as ESARIPO denoting English speaking countries in Africa. The equivalent organisation covering French speaking countries in Africa is known as OAPI. ARIPO is a multi-national organization with headquarters based in the Belgravia suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe. The [...]

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The speech delivered by Honourable Justice Luke Malaba, Chief Justice of Zimbabwe, on the occasion of the official opening of the 2018 Legal Year on January 15, 2018

By |2019-06-12T05:37:34+02:00January 16th, 2018|Featured, Human Rights & Constitutional Law|

Mr Fitches and Mr Prosecutor General: Allow me to recognise and acknowledge the presence of - Salutations, Introduction It is that special time of the year once again on the calendar of the Judiciary, in which we have an opportunity to interact and communicate with the nation. The Judiciary is accountable to the people of [...]

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Was this a coup or not a coup – that is the question?

By |2019-06-12T05:37:35+02:00December 20th, 2017|Featured, Litigation|

I dusted off my ancient Webster's International Dictionary looking for inspiration to an answer for what had taken place on the night of the 14th November, 2017. A coup d'état is defined in Webster’s as: "a sudden decisive exercise whereby the existing government is subverted; or there is an unexpected measure of state, more or [...]

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