Drafting Heads of Argument Course (Webinar)

Essential for all practitioners engaged in dispute resolution

About this webinar

An intensive 2 sessions on how to draft effective heads of argument.

The programme will include:

Rules and directives pertaining to heads of argument (including requirements in the SCA and CC) | Requirements in the opposed motion court and trials | The benefits of writing heads | What is meant by argument and how to draft it | Effective research methods| Drafting heads for appeals | The method and desired layout | Carrying out fact analyses and application of law | How to apply and demonstrate a process of reasoning | How to proceed from rough draft to final document – the technique is explained.


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. Professor of law Nelson Mandela University.

Benefits of attending

You will learn drafting technique to enable you to write heads that are persuasive | Understand what is required in our courts | Learn how to draft heads of argument that are short, sharp and to the point | Know what Judges expect and comply with practice directives | Learn how to carry out research effectively and efficiently | Learn how to reference the law | Learn how to apply the law to the facts of your case.

20 October : 12:00 – 14:30 (Two hour presentation and 30 minutes for questions)
21 October : 12:00 – 14:30 (Two hour presentation and 30 minutes for questions)Closing date for registrations: 16 October 2020Certification
All sessions are mandatory to qualify for a certificate.
Who should register?

Corporate and government legal advisors, practising legal practitioners (attorneys and advocates) and candidate legal practitioners.


Registration fee categories (including VAT):

•    Practising legal practitioners and other staff from legal firms: R 1 200 per person.
•    Non-practising legal practitioners/others: R 1 750 per person.

How to register

Kindly note that you can only register online and that there are limited places available. Participants should be registered individually to enable the system to generate a unique username and password for each person.

Payment should be made by electronic funds transfer (EFT) only. Remember to upload the proof of payment (PDF) in step 2 (Online registration form)LSSA banking details: Account name: Law Society of South Africa | Bank: FNB Pretoria | Branch code: 251445 | Account no: 6200 9641 079 | Reference: HOA, Surname, name and cell number


Once you have successfully registered to participate, you will receive confirmation that we have received your registration documentation. You will receive a system-generated e-mail with a link (Microsoft Teams) to the webinar at least 24 hours before the webinar starts. Read the instructions in the e-mail carefully and test your link (Microsoft Teams) to the webinar page at least 20 min before it starts.
For more information about this webinar contact Bettie Lubbe:

Email: Bettie@LSSALEAD.org.za | Please note we only communicate via e-mail should you need more information.

Please take note

  • The LSSA will not accept liability if the fees are not paid into the designated LSSA bank account.
  • The webinar is conducted in English only.
  • Should you need to cancel your registration, this must be done in writing within two business days before the closing date to avoid the full fee being charged.
LEAD’s training offers

LEAD is one of the largest providers of legal and professional education in South Africa and has been accredited as a legal education provider by the Legal Practice Council for 2020. LEAD provides access to quality learning that is relevant, accessible and affordable. LEAD offers an extensive range of learning activities and training options.

Course Dates

20 October : 12:00 – 14:30 (Two hour presentation and 30 minutes for questions)
21 October : 12:00 – 14:30 (Two hour presentation and 30 minutes for questions)

Webinar Fees (Vat Inclusive)
• Practising legal practitioners and other staff from legal firms: R 1 200 per person.
• Non-practising legal practitioners/others: R 1 750 per person.


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