Experience

  • Legal Assistant

    at South West London Law Centre

    January 2019 - at Present

    London

    - I have recently taken on a position in the Employment law department. The purpose of the role is to assist in providing advice, casework and representing the clients in courts and tribunals. - Conducting research and drafting client care emails in response to the issues raised during the initial interview. - Assisted in drafting documents and preparing the bundle ready for trial. - To date I have received appraisal from a client who managed to avoid a TUPE transfer based on my suggestions. He expressed his gratitude for the clear and concise advice provided.

  • Paralegal / Legal Assistant

    at Smith and Associates

    May 2011 - August 2016

    Eastern Cape

    - Shadowed lawyers in disciplinary hearings and dismissals and learnt appropriate conduct in client meetings and dealt with emotionally charged situations. - Reached a successful outcome for the client in handling a CCMA dispute (equivalent to the UK’s ACAS) which involved drafting documents as well as preparing arguments. - Played a hand in Coca Cola Fortunes yearly wage negotiations with their chosen Trade Union to reach a satisfying balance of both parties interests. - Successfully enforced a breached Restraint of Trade order at court by assisting the representing attorney with relevant research and submissions. - Recorded notes and assisted in several disciplinary hearings in the CCMA. - Undertook document review in preparation for a dispute regarding the Coca Cola strikes in South Africa, 2013. - Client correspondence and drafted response letters to opposing attorneys.

  • Compliance Assistant

    at McMillan Williams Solicitors

    September 2014 - April 2016

    London

    - Ensured firm-wide file management compliance by conducting audits and reviewing essential documents across all practice areas. - Inspected client files and established Lexcel compliance across all nationwide branches. - Collated and disseminated information gathered from audits to highlight problem areas within the firm and common trends and reported them to the CEO. - Conducted workshops to train Fee Earners and other members of staff on compliance essentials. - Presented on ethics and complaints handling as well as created flow charts to demonstrate the archiving procedure to all Fee Earners. - Cleared space on the case management system by locating and archiving closed files remaining live on the system. - Compiled complaints data for the quarterly board meeting and presented it in a series of graphs and charts. - Short mini-pupilage with one of the firm’s barristers in Croydon’s Family Court regarding the care of a young child.

  • Vacation Scheme

    at Webber Wentzel (in alliance with Linklaters)

    July 2015 - August 2015

    Gauteng

    - I was successful in securing a three-week placement with Webber Wentzel in South Africa where I shadowed both the senior associate and the partner in the litigation team; - Discovered what is involved in the vetting of television documentary programs as well as contract review discussions. - Proof read a number of documents and contracts with a focus on the finer details within, including an autobiography of a celebrity involved in criminal proceedings in preparation for publication. - Drafted a new NDA and confidentiality agreement. - Assisted in the procedure and attendance to court for the purposes of acquiring an “Anton Piller” order, following which I attended the search with the purpose of reporting back events to the office. - Conducted comparative law research on behalf of the partner (Dr D Milo) in preparation for a conference on surveillance in the modern age.

Education

  • LPC LLM - Commendation (69)

    at University of Law

    2017 - 2018 (1 year) Surrey

  • LLB Law (Hons) - 2:1

    at Bournemouth University

    2013 - 2017 (4 years) Dorset

Languages

  • Afrikaans Native

Hives