LITIGATION, ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION
I was admitted as an attorney of the High Court in April 2007. I have rights of appearance in the High Court obtained in December 2010.
I have 10 years’ (including articles) experience in all aspects of corporate, commercial and delictual (tort) litigation and arbitration, insurance matters (liability and coverage), contractual disputes, insolvency matters, real estate related disputes, business rescue and short term insurance.
I joined one of the Big Five South African firms in 2005 as a candidate attorney and after completion of my articles I was appointed as an associate in 2007. During my articles, I gained experience in the Litigation, Corporate Services (Mergers, acquisitions and disposals) and Maritime and Shipping departments where I was involved with the drafting of business and share sale agreements, the conducting of due diligence investigations, shareholders agreements, fishing industry reviews, ship arrests and general admiralty litigation.
I was formerly a senior associate in the same firm’s Insurance and Legal Liability Practice Group where I gained experience in and advised on all aspects of insurance liability and coverage including personal injury, professional indemnity, directors and officer’s liability, construction and transportation related claims. I was promoted to salaried partner in the firm’s Dispute Resolution / Litigation Practice Group on 1 March 2013.
Part of team that acted for major international insurer in successfully defending claims of liquidators for reckless trading against insured director under Section 424 of Companies Act. Successful in court of first instance and Supreme Court of Appeal;
Advised insurers of parastatal company in respect of substantial claims due to veld fires and acting in resultant litigation;
Part of team that obtained interdictory relief on behalf of international film studios against local distributor of parallel imported product. Successful in court of first instance and Supreme Court of Appeal;
Acting against financial services company on behalf of medical schemes in arbitration claim in excess of ZAR500 million. Successful in forum a quo and on appeal;
Part of team that acted on behalf of foreign investor in long running dispute over malfeasance relating to investments in South African interests;
Part of team that obtained urgent press access to Section 417 Insolvency Enquiry on behalf of major newspaper group;
Advised international petroleum, oil & gas concern on dispute relating to oil concessions in DRC and enforcement of rights in South Africa against DRC government;
Part of team to prepare all transaction documents in respect of the financing, construction and development of luxury island resort;
Part of team which assisted on competition law aspects of record breaking merger in South African retail sector;
Part of team that acted for leading bank in insolvency enquiry of JSE listed real estate concern and consequential litigation.
Part of team that acted for international logistics company in securing urgent interdictory relief preventing dissemination of sensitive trade information.
I completed the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa’s Commercial Arbitration Course in in June 2014.
I obtained certification as commercial mediator from University of Cape Town in January 2015.