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CV, RSA Based Junior Attorney Targeting UK, From 2016

I am currently available for work
Serial No: 32583
(08/08/1989, male)
List top 5 skills: alternative dispute resolution, attorney, civil litigation, employment law, problem solving skills, proficient research skills
Short Bio:

Ambitious Junior Attorney with experience in Civil Litigation, various aspects of Commercial Law, Employment Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Good experience with a wide variety of clients in the legal sector highlighting strong ability to work well under pressure. Proficient analytical and research skills; strong leader and highly motivated. Currently completing Masters in Law at Stellenbosch University. Outgoing, confident, athletic seeking move to UK to broaden horizons.

Current location: 

Western Cape, South Africa - View on map

Nationality: 

South African

Preferred Sector of Employment: 

, HR and Recruitment

Spoken languages: 

Afrikaans, english

Locations I am interested in working:

Australia, South Africa, United Kingdom



ersonal Details

Date of Birth 8 August 1989

Nationality South African

Residential Address 32b Plantation Road, Vredehoek, Cape Town

First Language English

Second Language Afrikaans

Drivers Licence Code 8 driver’s licence

Relevant Work Experience

January 2012 – January 2014:
Tatham Wilkes Attorneys Inc.: Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal

Candidate Attorney.

Responsibilities included:

• General Commercial Law Experience

Drafting of agreements and research into various points of law including the National Credit Act, Consumer Protection Act, Rental Housing Act and Companies Act, among others. Preparation of memorandums and opinions in respect thereof.

• High Court and Magistrates’ Court Litigation

Appearing in Magistrates’ Court in both opposed and unopposed civil applications; trial preparation and assisting at the hearing of trials; consulting with clients; briefing and consulting counsel; drafting legal opinions, pleadings, research aspects and various High Court and Magistrates’ Court notices.

Similarly, assisted in the drawing of Bills of Cost for taxation as well as preparing and attending to taxations in both, Magistrate’s Court as well as High Court.

Civil Litigation included assisting in a vast collections practice. I was involved in the standard debt collections procedures doing all application appearances and dealing with debtors personally.

My general experience included routine office administration including the opening and managing of files, preparation of fee statements and preparation of statements of account for clients.

• Foreclosures

Assisting in enrolment and preparation of foreclosure matters.

• Committees:

Served as a committee member for the Pietermaritzburg Association of Candidate Attorneys 2012.

21 February 2014:
Admitted and enrolled as an Attorney in the KwaZulu – Natal High Court, Pietermaritzburg

June 2014 :
Present: Justine Del Monte & Associates. (Labour Law Specialists), Cape Town, Western Cape.

Junior Associate Attorney

Responsibilities included:

• General

My general experience includes consulting with clients directly and running various matters from inception until finality. These matters included matters of my own as well as assisting in various matters for senior staff. Additionally, my general duties consist of office administration in a variety of aspects such as opening of files, managing my fee book, preparation of invoices for clients and management and training of staff.

• Labour Law

Specialising in various Labour Law and Employment Law matters including but not limited to the following:

o The drafting and reviewing of Contracts of Employment;

o The drafting and review of service level agreements in respect of Independent Contractors;

o Drafting various agreements associated with Labour and Employment Law such as non-disclosure agreements, recognition agreements, termination agreements, settlement agreements, mutual termination agreements and study assistance agreements;

o Chairing of internal disciplinary hearings and disciplinary appeal hearings and thereafter research the applicable aspects of law and and compile recommendations in respect thereof;

o Represent clients at internal disciplinary proceedings;

o Advising clients in respect of running matters in the CCMA;

o Appearing in the CCMA at Arbitration proceedings and arguing matters on various points of law;

o Advising clients in respect of various Labour related matters and attending to the necessary research in respect thereof;

o Researching and advising clients in respect of various sectorial determinations;

o Collective Labour law experience;

o Experience in s197 sale of business transfers;

o Experience in s189 dismissal for operational requirements including drafting of notice of invitation to consult and advising clients through the retrenchment procedure;

o Attending to the mediation of various matters.

• General Commercial Law Experience

Drafting of agreements such as Memorandum of Understanding and Service Level Agreements, as well as advise clients in respect of various aspects in relation to commercial law. This included research into the Protection of Personal Information Act, Schools Act, Conventional Penalties Act, Pension Funds Act, National Credit Act, Consumer Protection Act, Rental Housing Act and Companies Act, among others. Prepared and advised clients accordingly in respect thereof and where necessary attended to the necessary research and formulated an opinion accordingly.

• High Court and Magistrates’ Court Litigation

o Appearing in Magistrates’ Court in both opposed and unopposed civil applications; consulting with clients; briefing and consulting counsel; drafting legal opinions, pleadings, various research aspects and various High Court and Magistrates’ Court notices;

o Drawing Bills of Cost for taxation as well as preparing and attending to taxations in both, Magistrate’s Court as well as High Court;

o Attending to and running collection matters for the firm in the standard debt collections procedures and doing all application appearances and dealing with debtors personally. This included the development of a small collections department for the firm in order to collect outstanding debts due, owing and payable;

o Attended to brief counsel and assist in trial preparation for various matters;

• Criminal Law

o Advising clients in respect of various criminal matters and appearing in court, specifically in relation to common assault;

o Attending courses and conferencing with various experts in relation to restorative justice for criminal matters with a mind to transfer these principles to Labour related mediation.

• Employment Equity

o My experience is limited in relation to the practical application of various employment equity matters. However, I have advised clients in relation to the implementation of an employment equity policy and additionally have undertaken client presentations in respect of the amended Employment Equity Act.

• Committees

Registered member of the South African Society of Labour Lawyers (SASLAW)

Registered with the Cape Law Society

Education

TERTIARY EDUCATION

Qualifications:

2008 – 2011: Bachelor of Laws (LLB) – University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg.

Achievements: Golden Key Award 2009 (For Academic Merit)

Moot Finalist & Runner up 2011

(Recipient of the EBR Burchell Prize)

2014 – Present: Master of Laws (LLM) – Currently enrolled at University of Stellenbosch as a candidate for my Masters in Laws. Expected date of completion – December 2015

Subjects completed:

• International Law and Children’s Rights (Passed – 72%)

• Employment Rights (Passed – 64%)

• Equality in the Workplace (Passed – 70%)

• Collective Labour Law (In Progress)

• Dissertation/Thesis (In Progress)

SECONDARY EDUCATION

Institution: Howick High School (Howick, KwaZulu-Natal)

Qualification: Senior Certificate with Merit

Achievements: Head Prefect 2007

Cricket Captain 2007 (Full Colours)

Swimming Captain 2007 (Full Colours) Victor Ludorum 2006 & 2007

Athletics Captain 2007 (Half Colours) Victor Ludorum 2007

1st Team Hockey (Full Colours)

1st Team Tennis (Half Colours)

House Captain 2007

KZN Mynahs Cricket 2006 & KZN President’s XI Cricket 2007

Top All Round Sportsman of the Year Award- 2007

Headmasters Prize 2007

Academic Merit 2007

Strengths

 Ability to communicate effectively

 Proficient analytical skills

 Ability to work effectively in a group or team

 Ability to work well under pressure

 Good time-management skills

 Strong leadership ability

 Highly Motivated

Current And Recent Sports

Graded South African Hockey

Association, Hockey Umpire

(SAHA): SA Mens “B” Tournament 2015

SA U21 Tournament 2014

USSA “A” Tournament 2013 (University Sports South Africa)

SA U21 Tournament 2012

SA U21 Tournament 2011

Standard Cricket Club (SCC): 2005 – January 2014

Premier League and Represented SCC 1st XI at Club Championship Cricket

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Hockey Club: 2008 – January 2014 Premier League Represented UKZN 2nd XI at USSA 2011

Interests

I am an avid sport enthusiast and enjoy playing cricket and hockey. In addition I enjoy physical training and keeping fit with the goal of attempting my first triathlon in the near future. I am also a wildlife enthusiast with a keen interest in photography, and love spending time in nature and the outdoors.

Legally speaking, my interests are not limited to anything specific and I find numerous areas of the law to be exciting and stimulating. I have enjoyed litigation and believe it suits my confident and outgoing personality. However, I am intrigued by commercial and corporate aspects of the law and would certainly enjoy the chance to gain more experience in these respective fields. Recently through my Masters of Law course at Stellenbosch University, I have also been exposed to Employment rights, Children’s rights and a substantial base of Labour Law which I have also found to be extremely captivating and rewarding. I am interested in gaining new experience and broadening my wealth of knowledge in various aspects of law. In this regard I believe I am versatile and can adapt quickly.