Drafting Heads of Argument – Online course

12 & 13 March 2024 | 13:00 – 16:00
Part of the KEY series:

KEY series are the topics that have been identified as focussing on key areas affecting legal practitioners today
and should not be missed

Essential for all practitioners engaged in dispute resolution

About this course

An intensive 2 sessions course 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 lay-out | 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 | Knowing how to draft Heads that are short and persuasive.


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. He is a Professor of law Nelson Mandela University.

Benefits of attending

You will learn drafting techniques 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.

What previous attendees said:
•    It covered some difficult questions and gave me new information and insight.
•    Presented in an understandable manner with practical and useful hints.
•    It’s been an enormously informative course.
•    Well-presented with valuable information.
•    Brilliant course. Excellent to listen to your unique perspective and your vast experience. Thank you again.
•    This was a first class course!!!

12 & 13 March 2024 : 13:00 – 16:00Closing date for registrations: 11 March 2024Note: Kindly note that this course might run over the scheduled time. Please do not arrange any other appointments for at least 30 minutes after the scheduled closing time.Certification
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 1 550 per person.
•    Non-practising legal practitioners/others: R 2 300 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. You are required to upload the proof of payment (PDF) in step 2 – (Online registration form). Should an invoice be required to effect payment, replace the proof of payment document with a note (Word) requesting an invoice.LSSA banking details: Account name: Law Society of South Africa | Bank: FNB Pretoria | Branch code: 251445 | Account no: 6200 9641 079 | Reference: HOA, Initials and Surname


Once you have registered to participate, you will receive a system-generated confirmation e-mail that we have received your registration documentation.  Twenty-four hours before the course starts, you will receive an e-mail with the link to the course (Microsoft Teams) as well as your course material . Read the instructions in the e-mail carefully. If you do not receive this said email, please check your Spam / Junk folder, or kindly contact Bettie Lubbe on Bettie@LSSALEAD.org.za or Tel No (012) 441 4670, the day before the course start.  Attendees must ensure that they have access to MS Teams well in advance. Kindly test your link as soon as you get it.
For more information about this course contact Bettie Lubbe:

Email: Bettie@LSSALEAD.org.za | Tel No (012) 441 4670

Terms and Conditions

  • The LSSA will not accept liability if the fees are not paid into the designated LSSA bank account
  • The course is conducted in English only.
  • The course will be delivered through MS TEAMS. Please ensure that you have MS TEAMS installed on your computer prior to the commencement of the course.
  • You will receive the material as well as the link to the course via email, +-24 hours before commencement of the course.  If you do not receive the said email, look in your junk mail folder. If it is not there, contact Bettie Lubbe on bettie@LSSALEAD.org.za.
  • No cancellations will be accepted after the course material and link have been shared. Participants who do not cancel timeously and/or fail to attend the course will forfeit the amount paid towards this course.
  • Should you need to cancel your registration, you need to do so in writing before the course link and material are shared. No cancelation will be accepted after it has been made available and failure to comply with this will result in the full fee being charged.
  • LEAD might record the course for QA purposes. According to Company policy and copyright protection, recordings or the PowerPoint presentation will not be made available after the course.
  • LSSA/LEAD shall have the right in its sole discretion to postpone or cancel tuition in any programme initially advertised and offered based on insufficient demand. Should LSSA/LEAD cancel the proposed training, registered delegates will be given reasonable notice of the cancellation and all fees paid by the delegate will be refunded.

Course Dates

Registration fee categories (including VAT):

•    Practising legal practitioners and other staff from legal firms: R 1 550 per person.
•    Non-practising legal practitioners/others: R 2 300 per person

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