Opinion Writing Online Course

Opinion Writing Online Course 
21 & 22 May 2024 | 13:00 – 16:00
The modern approach to opinion writing. What do your clients want. How to satisfy your mandate.

About this webinar

Every practising practitioner, corporate in-house counsel, and legal advisors in all spheres of government must be able to write opinions effectively and in a manner that answers the clients’ mandate. This webinar will assist you to learn techniques in writing effective legal opinions. We show you how to research and write efficiently and at reasonable cost to client.

The course will cover the following:

  • Discussion on analytical thinking and problem-solving.
  • What is “thinking like a lawyer”.
  • What is ‘applied law’ and how to use it to write opinions.
  • Technique to be applied in solving legal problems and making practical recommendations to clients.
  • Writing techniques.
  • Plain language usage.
  • Types of opinions.
  • The basic lay-out for opinions.
  • The format of an opinion – current best practice.
  • Research technique and analysis – how to be more efficient and save time.
  • Using AI in your research, how to use technology to reduce research time.
  • How to use ChatGPT to assist. The importance of providing client with useful advice in short time. Responding to client expectations.
  • This is applied research, not academic research.
  • The facts – how to obtain and how to work with facts.
  • Fact analysis.
  • The law – how to analyse and carry out effective research.
  • How to find the law quickly. How much law do you need?
  • Logical reasoning and analytical thinking – how to apply the law to the facts.
  • How to apply reasoning and not to copy and paste from AI platforms and other online sites.
  • Composing the opinion.
  • How to present the opinion to a client in a user-friendly format; the opinion must be fit for purpose.
  • Presenting the opinion to client in electronic format with hyperlinks for convenient access to authorities.
  • How to keep it short; clients do not enjoy lengthy opinions.


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, litigation, and case management. He is also a published author. He is a Professor of law at Nelson Mandela University.

21 & 22 May 2024 | 13:00 – 16:00
Closing date for registrations: 20 May 2024

Note: Kindly note that this webinar might run over the scheduled time. Please do not arrange any other appointments for at least 30 minutes after the scheduled closing time.

What previous delegates said

  • This was one of the best investments I have made to my growth as a junior counsel.
  • A must-attend for legal practitioners.
  • A superb presentation by an excellent presenter and very good notes. Thank you.
  • Adv Hussain SC is an excellent presenter, and I thoroughly enjoyed the course. I would definitely attend more courses presented by Adv Hussain SC.
  • I won’t be forgetting this course for long; it has provided many gainful insights and skills.
  • This was a very informative course. I have learnt so much.
  • Very informative and interesting seminar. Also enjoyed the touches of humour!
  • This was a great course and truly valuable to young practitioners
  • A well put together and captivating presentation by our learned colleague!

Both sessions are mandatory to qualify for a certificate.

Who should register?

•    Corporate and government legal advisors
•    Practising legal practitioners (attorneys and advocates)
•    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 will be a limit on the number of delegates attending. 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: OW, Surname, Initials


STEP 3:Once you have successfully registered to participate, you will receive a system-generated confirmation e-mail that we have received your registration documentation. A day or two before the webinar starts, you will receive an e-mail with the link to the webinar (Microsoft Teams) as well as your webinar material. Read the instructions in the e-mail carefully and test your link (Microsoft Teams) to the webinar page at least 40 minutes before it starts.
For more information about this webinar contact Bettie Lubbe:

E-mail: Bettie@LSSALEAD.org.za | Tel No 012 4414670

Please take note

  • 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 webinar 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.
LEAD’s training offers

LEAD is one of the largest providers of legal professional education in South Africa and has been accredited as a legal education provider by the Legal Practice Council. 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

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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