Experience

  • Senior Lawyer

    at Initiative For Strategic Litigation in Africa

    May 2017 - at Present

    Gauteng

    I work as the thematic lead lawyer on women's land and property rights. I work with network lawyers in East and West Africa on litigation before their domestic courts and before the African human rights system.

  • Group Legal Advisor

    at Newlyn Investments

    September 2015 - April 2017

    Province of KwaZulu-Natal

    Main Roles and Responsibilities Drafting & settling commercial lease agreements & addendums thereto. Undertaking due diligence investigations on legal aspects for new property acquisitions Liaising with external lawyers in relation to commercial drafting (when required) and litigation cases Liaising with conveyancing attorneys Drafting and settling company resolutions as required for specific transactions When required, providing instructions to litigation attorneys on brief in certain cases Key achievements Part of the team that finalised long term lease agreements with at least three globally reputable, well-known commercial companies.

  • Senior Lawyer

    at Legal Resources Centre

    March 2013 - August 2015

    Province of KwaZulu-Natal

    As Senior lawyer my practice focused on strategic litigation on rule of law and human rights cases before the High Court, Supreme court of appeal and the Constitutional Court. I also drafted and finalised the LRC’s submissions to the respective parliamentary portfolio committees in relation to amendments on the Extension of Security of Tenure Act and the Land Management Commission Bill. I also participated in several workshops and conferences. Of note, I represented the organisation in a Learning Route on Small Scale Business organised by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Participated in the HSRC/Fort Hare project which was undertaking an assessment of whether the judgments of the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court were transforming South African society. Key Achievement Litigation before the KwaZulu-Natal High Court to obtain basic quota of free electricity for impoverished households in certain areas of Pietermaritzburg.

  • Professional Assistant to Justice Z.M Yacoob

    at Department of Justice

    February 2001 - February 2013

    Gauteng

    Judge Yacoob is blind. He was a Judge in the Constitutional Court of SA. My work took place as follows: Main Roles and Responsibilities Legal research Preparation of legal memoranda on cases lodged before the Constitutional Court Analysis of new cases lodged before the Court –the cases were analysed to determine compliance with process (the prevailing Court rules) and for substance as to whether there was merit in the appeal /application. Providing general support to Justice Yacoob, which included: brailling documents, reading and working through the earlier court records in preparation for court hearings, managing the Judge’s diary, arranging his travel bookings etc. Key skills: Developing the ability to read legislation & understand the regulatory scheme Developed critical analysis skills to write legal documents and prepare for litigation

  • Law clerk (Legal Researcher)

    at Department of Justice

    January 1999 - December 1999

    Gauteng

    Worked as a legal researcher at the Constitutional Court of South Africa. For the duration of this year, served duties in Judge Z.M Yacoob's chambers

Education

  • LLM

    at University of South Africa

    2001 - 2002 (1 year) Province of KwaZulu-Natal

  • LLB (post-graduate)

    at University of Natal, Durban

    1997 - 1997 (1 year) Province of KwaZulu-Natal

  • B.Proc

    at University of Natal, Durban

    1993 - 1996 (3 years) Province of KwaZulu-Natal

Languages

  • English Native

Hives