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Our Legal Team

Directors

Nosipo Mgojo –
Chairperson

Nosipo Mgojo completed her BA LLB at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and was admitted as an attorney and conveyancer in 1999, and then as a notary in 2001. She has over 13 year’s experience in property matters, and engages with property developers in all conveyancing aspects that relate to the development.

   

Rob Stuart-Hill – Managing Director

Rob Stuart-Hill completed a BA in History and Political Science as well as his LLB at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Rob was admitted as an attorney in 1996 and was made partner in 1999. He has extensive experience in Civil Litigation focusing on Commercial Property and Banking Litigation in the High Court.

  

Liza Bagley
– Director

Liza Bagley

is an attorney, notary public and conveyancer. She specialises in general litigation, family law and property related litigation.

   

Tim Brown
– Director

Tim Brown has extensive practical legal experience in the public sector. He has completed his MBA (cum laude) and is ideally positioned to implement and provide practical, management-orientated advice, negotiating the interface between the public and private sectors. 

   

Pat Dewes
– Director

Pat Dewes was educated at St Stithians College and after completing National Service in Cape Town, attended law school at Maritzburg Varsity. He signed articles in Pietermaritzburg and was admitted as an attorney in 1980. Pat works within our Litigation Division, dealing with Civil and General Law. 

   

Hiresen Govender
– Director

Hiresen Govender’s expertise includes public sector litigation and provision of legal advice to public sector clients including parastatals, municipalities and quasi-government clients. Hiresen also deals with employment and labour issues and conducts workshops and seminars on existing and draft labour legislation.

   

Redvers Lee
– Director

Redvers Lee is a specialist conveyancer with substantial experience in transfers, bonds and servitudes and property developments. Admitted as an attorney and conveyancer in 1985 and a notary in 2000.

   

Doc Louw
– Director

Doc Louw graduated with BA LLB degrees from UKZN. He commenced his articles with Andries Geyser in 1977, was admitted in 1979 and became partner in 1980. Practising general litigation including matrimonial and related disputes, Doc is a former Natal rugby captain and also played for the SA Gazelles in 1976 against the All Blacks.

   

Lauren Maltby – Director

Lauren Maltby is both a conveyancer and notary public. She practises in a broad area of conveyancing including residential and commercial property transactions, sectional title developments, mortgage and notarial bonds, leases and servitudes, subdivisions and consolidations. Lauren has a BA LLB from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is a past director of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business.

   

Mohammed Motala
– Director

Mohammed Motala’s sagaciousness is notable in insolvency and litigation matters. He has acted for a range of clients from various sectors including financial services, building and construction, real estate, transport and logistics, and oil and natural resources industries.

   

Hannah Szudrawsky
– Director

Hannah Szudrawski studied a B.Com LLB at UKZN as well as a diploma in Deceased Estates Practice. She joined Venns in 1996, and has headed up the Trustee Division for the last decade. She also lectures candidate attorneys from around the province each year, in preparation for their Practice & Procedure exams.

   

Craig Blackmore
    – Director

Craig Blackmore obtained his LLB Degree from the University of KwaZulu Natal. He completed his articles in 2012 at Venns and was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2013. Craig gained valuable experience working within the Litigation department but saw an opportunity to work with Mohammed and Andries in the Insolvency department.

 

Consultants

Simon Francis
– Consultant

Simon Francis, a consultant in ourCommercial Division, specialises in agricultural, commercial and estate planning law.  His main expertise is in the drafting of contracts and trusts, particularly those relating to business, farming and fixed property interests 

John Wallace
– Consultant

John Wallace qualified as an attorney in 1980 and specialised in Tax Law, Trusts and Estate Planning. John managed Venns for a period of close to 20 years. He retired as Chairman in 2006 and as CEO in 2007. He remains an Executive Consultant to our Board of Directors.

Labour Law Consultant

Patrick Deale is a labour lawyer and consultant to Venns Attorneys. He is well known in South Africa as an expert in Labour Law, a field in which he has over 25 years’ experience. Patrick has worked as a senior executive for a listed company and co-founded Tokiso Dispute Settlement (Pty) Ltd.

 

Rob Pennefather
– Debt Recoveries Manager

Rob Pennefather attended Rhodes university to complete both BA and B Com degrees. He graduated LLB and worked as a partner of Brokensha, Meyer & Ptns. Rob has extensive experience and theoretical knowledge of Civil Procedure in both the High Court and the Magistrates’ Courts.

 

Andries Geyser
– Executive Consultant

Andries Geyser’s legal skills are varied, with experience in most fields, however his preferred areas of practice include commercial work, insolvency enquiries and litigation.

Guy Smith
– Consultant

Guy Smith is a unique attorney who has combined his legal expertise with practical experience. He started his career with Leandy Laroque in 1971 and then served his articles with Chartered Accountants Deloitte. He joined Venn Nemeth & Hart in 1980. A developer of  niche residential developments,such as Prince’s Grant Golf Estate, Gowrie Farm and Garlington Estate, a property lawyer and conveyancer with over 30 years experience.

   

Associates

Carmen Schoon
     Associate

Carmen Schoon practices within the Specialized Recovery Division reporting to Andries Geyser. Carmen has experience in liquidations, sequestrations, voluntary surrender, post liquidation litigation, insolvency enquiries and drafting of proof of claim forms.

 

Keran Henwood
     Associate

Keran Henwood attended St. Anne’s Diocesan College and then took an extended gap year overseas in the United States and the UK. Keran then returned to the UKZN to tackle her BA LLB.After completing her articles at Cox Yeats in Durban, Keran practiced maritime law before marrying a Pietermaritzburg man and moving back home.  

 

Professional Assistants

Nida Jooste
Professional Assistant

Nida Jooste completed her LL.B in 2011 at the University of the Free State. During this time she was involved in various spheres of leadership including being Vice-President of the Student Representative Council as well as head student of the largest ladies residence on campus.
Nida specialises in general litigation, foreclosures and banking law.

Imraan Chohan
Professional Assistant

Imraan Chohan is a professional assistant, in our Commercial and Public Law Division focusing on public sector litigation and drafting of commercial contracts.

 

Ferosa Kirsten
Professional Assistant

Ferosa Kirsten is a professional assistant, in our Litigation Division specialising in Insolvency and general litigation.

Zandile Luthuli
Professional Assistant

Zandile Luthuli is a professional assistant, in our Litigation Division, she focuses on road accident fund matters.