UNIQUE VALUE PROPOSITION
In addition to carrying out routine legal work for clients, DLM is also focussed on carrying out legal research using the Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach.PAR is aimed at changing social reality through the joint production of new knowledge on daily practices that is gained through a collaborative process incorporating researchers, practitioners, decision-makers, service users and other partners in the chain.
DLM considers the use of PAR as a method of legal enquiry quite important to the resolution of societal problems of a legal nature, whether of a commercial, economic, political, religious or other type.Indeed, the source of many legal problems experienced by individuals, organisations and the state is based on the way various relevant parameters interact together.
These interactions may produce certain trends and patterns in behaviour that may result in the outright disobedience to certain laws; the unexpected increase in certain undesirable behaviours; the weaknesses in dealing with the said behaviours by the relevant laws, etc.
In Practical Terms, an Organisation May Wish to Know:
- The Potential Impact of a Proposed Law, Rule or Regulation on the end users and thus its efficacy in resolving the problem for which it was created; the challenges that may be experienced in the understanding of that law by the end users and other concerned actors; the alignment of that law, rule or regulation with the existing national, regional and international legal and policy frameworks; the possible challenges in its implementation by the agency or body responsible; and prudent revisions that could be made to the said law in order to promote its efficacy;
- The Real Impact of an Existing Law, Rule or Regulation on the end users and thus its efficacy in resolving the problem for which it was created; the prevailing challenges that exist in its implementation by the responsible agency or body; and prudent actions or revisions that could be made to the said law in order to promote its efficacy;
Through targeted enquiries into various legal phenomena, DLM is able to assist respective clients in gaining increased control and understanding of the dynamics in the legal environment in which they carry out their businesses and thus offer possible solutions for redress or reform. In this regard, five questions that organisations may wish to pose include:
- How compliant is my organisation with the prevailing legal environment that regulates my trade or business?
- What is the rate at which the end users of my products and services keep in line with the requirements for its use? In other words, what factors affect the adherence of citizens or consumers with the set requirements for my products or services?
- How does the above interaction of my trade or business with the law affect the profit and loss margins or success and failure rates of my organisation?
- How suitable is the legal regulatory framework available in addressing the challenges identified?
- What changes or innovations are required in the interface between the legal regulatory framework and the various target groups in society in order to enhance or promote adherence to the regulatory requirements and a robust environment for the sustenance of my trade or business from day to day?
The above and such other questions form the basis for DLM’ s intervention in the specific circumstances for each client.