Write an Opinion (Seminar)

One-day seminar on writing effective legal opinions

About this seminar

Every practising lawyer, 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 one-day seminar will assist you to learn techniques in writing effective legal opinions.

Venues and dates

Bloemfontein: 18 March 2019 | Duration: 09:00 – 16:00
Durban: 09 April 2019 | Duration: 09:00 – 16:00
Cape Town: 06 May 2019 | Duration: 09:00 – 16:00
Midrand: 10 June 2019 | Duration: 09:00 – 16:00

Who should register?

Legal practitioners including attorneys, advocates, candidate attorneys, pupil advocates, in-house counsel of any level of seniority, legal advisors in government and corporate legal advisors.


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 regularly presents seminars on the Com- panies Act. He is a published author.

Seminar outline

Discussion on analytical thinking and problem solving
Technique to be applied in solving legal problems
Writing techniques
Plain language usage
Types of opinions
The basic layout for opinions
The format of an opinion – current best practice
Research technique and analysis – how to be more efficient and save time
The facts – how to obtain and how to work with fact.
Fact analysis
The law – how to analyse and carry out effective research
How to find the law quickly
Logical reasoning and analytical thinking – how to apply the law to the facts
Composing the opinion
How to present the opinion to a client in a user-friendly format.


Registration fee categories
Practising legal practitioners (previously this referred to attorneys and advocates): R1 650.00 per person (VAT inclusive)
Legal practitioners from practices further than 150km from closest venue: R1 250.00 per person (VAT inclusive)
Candidate legal practitioners and support staff: R1 520.00 per person (VAT inclusive)
Non-practising legal practitioners/others: R3 300.00 per person (VAT inclusive)