Writing for Litigation [Attendance course]

Pleadings, notices of motion, supporting, answering and replying affidavits
About this Course

This course is being presented by demand. It is an improved course and new techniques will be presented to all delegates.

This practical skills course teaches the principles of drafting pleadings, notices of motion and affidavits. Sixty percent of those who previously attended this course started drafting on their own without using precedents.

This course is part of the KEY series. The KEY series are the topics that have been identified as focussing on key areas affecting legal practitioners today and should not be missed.

The programme will include:

Writing technique, including plain language drafting and what is expected by judges – including practical exercises using case studies: How to write in a manner that is persuasive | Technique in taking instructions | How to conduct fact analysis and legal research | How to prepare chronology documents|Reference to High Court practice directives | Preparing to draft particulars of claim | How to analyse facts and the law in deciding on a cause of action | What is the theory of your case and how it impacts on your drafting.

How to formulate or arrive at your cause of action: Reference to the Uniform Rules and how to comply | Instruction on how to draft a cause of action | Instruction on how to draft particulars of claim, including practical exercises | How to plead a defence effectively | How to decide to proceed by way of motion and draft notices of motion with reference to practice directives | Taking instructions and analysing fact for drafting a founding affidavit, and drafting a persuasive affidavit | How to draft an answering affidavit.


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

Learn to draft on your own without relying on precedents | Know how to instruct a legal practitioner and evaluate their work | Effectively advise your client when engaged in litigation | Understand how to draft in accordance with case management procedures as introduced in South African courts | Acquire techniques in obtaining instructions and analysing fact and law | Write in a manner that is persuasive | Learn to draft pleadings, notices of motion and affidavits | There will be actual and effective skills transfer | Acquire the confidence to draft without using precedents.

What previous delegates said

  • Mr Hussain gave us the philosophy behind the art of drafting. It was a transformative experience.
  • The course was an absolute Master Class. It must become obligatory for all professionals in our field to attend seminars like these.
  • Brilliant course! Learned a lot … best two days spent.
  • I took annual leave and paid for this course myself – it was worth every cent!
  • An inspirational course – motivating all of us to write our own pleadings and affidavits.
  • The course is excellent. The presenter’s perspective makes for critical and analytical thinking.
  • This course was very informative with practical hints and tips given
  • I can now draft pleadings with confidence
  • It gave me up-to-date information about court rules and expectations (that expected of legal practitioners)

Venue and date
Midrand: 08 & 09 March 2023 | Duration: 8:30 – 16:00 (Closing of registration 02 March 2023)

All sessions are mandatory to qualify for a certificate.

Who should register?

Legal practitioners, corporate and government legal advisors and persons who need to sharpen their drafting skills


Registration fee categories (including VAT):

•    Practising legal practitioners and other staff from legal firms: R4 330 per person.
•    Non-practising legal practitioners/others: R6 040 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.

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: WFL, Surname, name and cell number


Once you have successfully registered to participate, you will receive confirmation that we have received your registration documentation. Confirmation of attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.Although registration closes one week prior to the commencement of the course, this course is usually fully booked by the registration deadline. Therefore, early registration is recommended.
For more information about this webinar contact Bettie Lubbe:

Email: Bettie@LSSALEAD.org.za or contact Bettie on 012 4414670 should you need more information.

Please take note

  • A delegate who wishes to cancel must do so seven or more working days prior to the commencement of the training. You may send a substitute in your place. A completed registration form for the substitute must be forward to LSSA/LEAD for the attention of Bettie Lubbe.
  • Cancellations must be done in writing and e-mailed to Bettie@LSSALEAD.org.za.
  • You may transfer once at no additional cost to another training program with the proviso that it is not in the seven day period as stipulated above.
  • Confirmation of the cancellation will be e-mailed to you. Should a delegate not receive a cancellation confirmation from LSSA/LEAD, it means that the cancellation request was not received. Delegates should follow up or it will result in full liability of the training amount.
  • Delegates who do not cancel and fail to attend the training will be held responsible for the full course amount.
  • LSSA/LEAD shall have the right in its sole discretion to postpone or cancel training 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.
  • Registration is on a first come first serve basis. If payment is not received within seven days of sending the registration form, the registration will unfortunately be discarded.
  • After registration you will received a system generated confirmation email. Please follow-up with Bettie Lubbe at (012) 441 4670 if you do not receive this confirmation e-mail.
  • The venue will be communicated as soon as we have received efficient number of delegates.
  • Space is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. No space – regardless if the online registration has been completed and an invoice requested –  can be reserved without receipt of payment.
  • Although registration closes one week prior to the commencement of the course, this course is usually fully booked by the registration deadline. Therefore, early registration is recommended.

Course Dates

Midrand: 08 & 09 March 2023 | Duration: 8:30 – 16:00

Registration fee categories (including VAT):

•    Practising legal practitioners and other staff from legal firms: R4 330 per person.
•    Non-practising legal practitioners/others: R6 040 per person.