Susan Abro

Susan Abro has been practising Law for the past 26 years. She is the sole proprietor of her business, which she started in 1995, and specialises in Family Law and Litigation, having acted in over 3 000 matters.

Susan is an expert on family law issues, including applications in terms of the Hague Convention on Abduction of Children – having dealt with Swedish, Australian, USA and UK jurisdictions. She is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

Susan is dedicated to assisting clients who are experiencing difficult changes in their lives due to family law issues and to do so with professionalism, integrity, and compassion. She approaches each case differently and provides every client with personal attention. Her goal is for every client to receive the support that they require in matters which are often extremely emotional and involve high conflict situations and personalities.

Susan`s aim is to bring a level-headed objective approach and to try to resolve issues and conflicts, and exhaust all avenues of alternative dispute resolution that are available to the parties. In negotiation and litigation, she is her client’s unwavering champion.

Susan is involved with public interest litigation, including, the rights of children to legal representation, Honour Based Domestic Violence, Islamic marriages, Common Law Partnerships and Civil Unions.

Susan is the Chairperson of the Family Law Committee of the Law Society of South Africa from 2007 to date. In this capacity and together with colleagues, she has been instrumental in introducing Arbitration in Family Law to South Africa, and has addressed Parliament about various draft legislation. Susan served as the Co – Chairperson of the Law Society of South Africa 2003/2004.

Susan acted as a Judge of the High Court of South Africa, Natal Provincial Division and was appointed by the Judicial Services Commission as a Judge of the Electoral Court for two consecutive terms, in 2005.

Susan has been involved with various non-government and Charitable organisations and believes that everyone has an obligation to assist those less fortunate. She has presented papers at local and international conferences dealing with, inter alia, Domestic Violence, Family Law, Matrimonial Law, Women and Children`s rights and empowerment.

Susan has been nominated for and is the recipient of various awards, including the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa, Professional Businesswoman of the Year and the Family Lawyer of the Year South Africa for 2016.

 

Ron Wheeldon

This is a boutique firm with a strong emphasis on intellectual property (“IP”) and related issues and was founded in late 2005 by Ron Wheeldon, who, after 25 years with large firms and having been a partner and head of department at South Africa’s largest firm, decided that a small, focused group in the Bohemian surroundings of Greenside would be a decidedly more pleasant existence than the pressured environment of large law firms and permit him to spend more time doing the work and a lot less managing people.

Ron has a passion for IP and has been involved in committee work for the International Trade Mark Association (INTA) since 1993, at one time chairing the Public Education Committee of the Brand Names Education Foundation (BNEF) which is related to INTA, and he is currently chair of the regional sub-committee of INTA  for Africa, the Middle East and South Asia on well knowntrade marks and dilution. Ron writes frequently for numerous publications and won, in South Africa, the Butterworths prize for the best legal article in 2001. Ron is the current chair of the trade mark subcommittee of the Standing Advisory Committee for IP established under the Copyright Act to advise the minister of trade and industry.

He is assisted by a team of highly experienced non-attorney professionals who attend to the high administrative workload of an IP practice.

The firm is really two concerns in one. The South African attorney’s firm which deals with matters of legal practice in South Africa and Brandsman, which is the division of the firm engaged in international management of trade mark portfolios for global clients.

Ron obtained a Bachelor of Law (Hons) degree from the University of Rhodesia (as it then was) in 1976, and completed the same University’s one year practical training course in advocacy the following year. Commencing trademark practice in South Africa in 1982, he became familiar with the IP Laws of the African continent and today under Ron’s stewardship, the firm deals with all aspects of trade mark and copyright work on the continent and further afield. Ron’s  interest in the jurisprudence of IP law is balanced by keeping a practical perspective through appearing frequently in the courts in litigious matters ranging from domain name disputes, through counterfeiting issues to conventional infringement and trade mark registrability issues.

 

Lungile Mazwai

Lungile Mazwai is the co-founder and partner at Ledwaba Mazwai. He is a leading Commercial and Civil Litigator for corporate and governmental institutions, as well as State-Owned entities which work closely with commercial clients.

As a seasoned professional, he has particular experience in Drafting, Reviewing and Commenting on Commercial documents and transactions, inter-alia Memoranda of Incorporation, and Shareholder Agreements.

He has extensive knowledge in privatisation and/or restructuring of public entities in the forestry, airline, and automotive industries.

In recent years, Lungile has been instrumental in providing Legal Advice to Public Private Partnership projects, Concessions and Infrastructure Development projects in various industries including health, water, and correctional services.

Notable clients:

Gauteng Provincial Government and Gautrain Management Agency,

Department of Energy – Independent Power Producers Office,

Gauteng Growth and Development Agency SOC Limited,

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government [excluding procurement work

for PIC],

City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality,

Statistics South Africa,

Department of Correctional Services,

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa SOC Limited,

Transnet SOC Limited, and

Department of Health – National and Limpopo.

LEDWABA MAZWAI:

Ledwaba Mazwai was established in 1996 in pursuit of the ideal to build a successful black-owned commercial law firm.

Based in Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria, Ledwaba Mazwai is a motivated and hardworking team of lawyers, administrative and support staff.

We are committed to providing services of consistent high professional standards without compromising on the quality of our work and commitment to our clients.

Today, the firm has become a symbol of pride, excellence and the capabilities of black legal practitioners as a collective.

HISTORY:

In the early nineties, as a result of the marginalisation and discriminatory practices that are part of the history of South Africa, black lawyers in South Africa were confined to the areas of Matrimonial Law, Criminal Law and Personal Injury matters.

Despite these challenges, two young law students shared an aspiration of creating a black-owned and operated Commercial Law firm – a pioneering firm that would provide an uncompromised standard of commercial legal services to compete with the established white law firms of the time.

FOUNDING PARTNERS:

Two young visionaries, Metja Ledwaba and Lungile Mazwai were determined to establish a dynamic law firm, in order to showcase the capabilities and excellence of black legal practitioners in areas of legal practice they were historically excluded from.

It was this ideal that saw the founding partners of Ledwaba Mazwai receiving their training in established law firms. This would give them a solid grounding in Commercial Law practice and corporate clients.

 

Metja Ledwaba

Metja Ledwaba is the co-founder and partner at Ledwaba Mazwai where he practices Commercial Law, Project Finance Transactions, PPPs Transactions, Administrative and Constitutional Law, as well as Commercial Litigation.

He has extensive experience in advisory for government and state-owned entities on public-sector project initiatives and procurement involving major projects.

Over the years he has worked in projects involving the Project Finance or Corporate Finance restructuring of public entities, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) Independent Power Producer (IPP).

Metja Ledwaba is well versed and experienced in structuring, procurement, negotiating and achieving financial close in respect of such projects. He plays a significant role in interfacing legal, technical, financial, and client’s objectives in managing the roll-out of major infrastructure projects, procured with significant private sector funding and involvement.

The PPP Law Practice:

Ledwaba Mazwai is one South Africa’s leading law firms providing legal advice in relation to Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and Infrastructure Development related projects.

The firm has been involved in several PPP projects since the evolution of the PPP sector in South Africa from circa 2000.

The partners play a significant role in all projects, developing an excellent track record with clients and the law fraternity.

The Ledwaba Mazwai led PPP projects are largely infrastructure development based, involving the design, construction and operation of a public sector facility or service by private sector party, with improved experience and efficiencies, value for money and appropriate risk transfer.

To date, Ledwaba Mazwai has been involved in providing legal services in, among others, the following PPP projects:

  • The campus office accommodation project for the Department of Trade and Industry (“the DTI”),
  • The Gautrain Rapid Rail Link Project for the Gauteng Provincial Government,
  • The accommodation PPP project for the Ministry of Works and Transport of the Government of the Republic of Botswana, for development of head office accommodation for the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism and the Ministry of Lands,
  • The accommodation project for the City of Tshwane, for development of office accommodation for City of Tshwane’s service delivery environment,
  • Advising the Legislature of the province of KwaZulu-Natal on the proposed establishment of a new legislature complex, and the provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal on the proposed establishment of a government precinct,
  • Advising the private sector sponsor in the office accommodation project for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Gaborone, Botswana,
  • Advising the national Department of Health and Gauteng Department of Health on the revitalisation of the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital,
  • Advising the National Department of Health and Limpopo Department of Health on the establishment of a Limpopo Academic Hospital.

The firm is also actively involved in the IPP sector in South Africa.

To date the Ledwaba Mazwai team has advised government on the following projects:

  • Two peaking power generation projects in Avon and Coega, Renewable Energy IPP Programme, IPP Baseload, coal and gas power generation projects.

Key to advising on PPP initiatives is the ability to translate government initiatives into bankable procurement packages that attract significant private sector investment.

To this end, the firm has experience in interfacing various public sector stakeholder entities and policies whose role is critical to the implementations of projects.

LEDWABA MAZWAI:

Ledwaba Mazwai was established in 1996 in pursuit of the ideal to build a successful black-owned commercial law firm.

Based in Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria, Ledwaba Mazwai is a motivated and hardworking team of lawyers, administrative and support staff.

We are committed to providing services of consistent high professional standards without compromising on the quality of our work and commitment to our clients.

Today, the firm has become a symbol of pride, excellence and the capabilities of black legal practitioners as a collective.

HISTORY:

In the early nineties, as a result of the marginalisation and discriminatory practices that are part of the history of South Africa, black lawyers in South Africa were confined to the areas of Matrimonial Law, Criminal Law and Personal Injury matters.

Despite these challenges, two young law students shared an aspiration of creating a black-owned and operated Commercial Law firm – a pioneering firm that would provide an uncompromised standard of commercial legal services to compete with the established white law firms of the time.

FOUNDING PARTNERS

Two young visionaries, Metja Ledwaba and Lungile Mazwai were determined to establish a dynamic law firm, in order to showcase the capabilities and excellence of black legal practitioners in areas of legal practice they were historically excluded from.

It was this ideal that saw the founding partners of Ledwaba Mazwai receiving their training in established law firms. This would give them a solid grounding in Commercial Law practice and corporate clients.

 

Deon Bouwer

Deon is a qualified trade mark attorney admitted to the High Court of South Africa and is a member of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces (SA). He is also a fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL), a member various committees of the SAIIPL, as well as a senior dispute resolution adjudicator of the SAIIPL. He is furthermore also a member of INTA.

Deon has more than 15 years experience in trade mark matters, is recognized as an expert in this field and represents various blue chip companies. He has extensive experience in trade mark litigation and prosecution, in South Africa as well as internationally, intellectual property management, advertising industry matters, domain name disputes, including alternative dispute resolution and the drafting of trade mark related agreements, such as license and distribution agreements.

Bouwers Inc:

Bouwers Inc. was established in 2004 by a group of trade mark and patent attorneys, with combined expertise in intellectual property of more than 40 years. We are currently members of various South African and international organizations such as INTA, LES, FICPI, the Law Society of the Northern Provinces Law as well as the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL).

Since incorporation, Bouwers has received recognition from various local and international role players. In recent years, Bouwers has received highly favourable ratings and recommendations from internationally renowned magazines such as Managing IP and Asia Law & Practice, and in 2009, Bouwers was nominated by Managing IP as one of their 5 nominations for South African IP firm of the year.

Although our primary client market remains Southern Africa, we have established a highly efficient international network of agents and business associates through which we render services to South African clients as well as to numerous international clients in more than 150 jurisdictions. As a result of our extensive international network, we have been highly successful, not only in representing clients internationally in trade mark prosecution matters, but have also successfully litigated on behalf of clients in jurisdictions such as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Egypt, India, Lebanon, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

We furthermore maintain and manage several major trade mark and technology portfolios on behalf of multi-national clients. In the aforementioned process, we utilize highly specialized and purpose designed IP software systems created by Patrix AB.

 

Sasha Baker

Sasha Baker focuses on construction and commercial litigation. She represents parties to construction contracts in dispute resolution procedures including litigation, mediation, adjudication and arbitration. Her non-contentious construction practice includes providing advice in regard to EPC and EPCM contracts in various industries, as well as on performance guarantees, retention bonds and advance payment bonds.

In addition, Sasha advises employers, contractors, suppliers and professionals in the construction industry on various standard forms of contracts including NEC, FIDIC and JBCC. She has conducted multiple adjudications and arbitrations involving NEC form of contract. Professional indemnity insurance is another important aspect of her practice; she has advised on project insurance policies, professional indemnity and related insurance, as well as public liability insurance claims. Sasha has acted for numerous professionals such as engineers, quantity surveyors and architects, and has dealt with some of the largest professional indemnity insurance claims.

 

Hogan Lovells:

Change is happening faster than ever, and legal challenges come from all directions. To stay ahead, organizations need to anticipate what’s next. Hogan Lovells understands this and works together with its clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. With 2,500 lawyers on six continents, Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions, and governments. The firm provides practical legal solutions that help clients identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities. Whether a client is expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help. The firm’s lawyers are straight talking. They understand and solve the problem before it becomes one. And they deliver clear and practical advice that gets the job done.

A fast-changing and interconnected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what Hogan Lovells provides. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, the firm’s legal solutions are aligned with each client’s business strategy. The firm’s experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives it the market perspective to be the global partner of choice for its clients. The team at Hogan Lovells brings a diverse variety of backgrounds and experience which delivers a broader perspective. This ultimately makes for more rounded thinking and better answers for clients. Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of the firm’s core. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties.

 

Corlett Manaka

Werksmans Attorneys:

Established in the early 1900s, Werksmans Attorneys is a leading South African corporate and commercial law firm serving multinationals, listed companies, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and government.

Operating in Gauteng and the Western Cape, and connected to an extensive African legal network through LEX Africa, the firm’s reputation is built on the combined experience of Werksmans and Jan S. de Villiers, which merged in 2009.

LEX Africa was established in 1993 as the first and largest African legal network and offers huge potential for Werksmans’ clients as it provides a gateway to Africa to companies seeking to do business on the continent. Each LEX Africa member firm specialises in corporate and commercial law and dispute resolution combined with intimate knowledge of the local customs, business practices, cultures and languages of each country.

With a formidable track record in mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, and commercial litigation and dispute resolution, Werksmans is distinguished by the people, clients and work that it attracts and retains.

Werksmans’ more than 180 lawyers are a powerful team of independent-minded individuals who share a common service ethos. The firm’s success is built on a solid foundation of insightful and innovative deal structuring and legal advice, a keen ability to understand business and economic imperatives and a strong focus on achieving the best legal outcome for clients.

Neil Kirby

Neil Kirby is a director of Werksmans Attorneys and currently heads the firm’s Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice.

He has significant litigation and dispute resolution expertise in the specialities of healthcare, constitutional and environmental law. Neil regularly advises on the provisions of the Promotion of Access to Information Act and the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act, as well as on healthcare legislation including the National Health Act, the Medicines and Related Substances Act, the Pharmacy Act and Health Professions Act. He also has a strong understanding of the Consumer Protection and National Environmental Management Acts.

Neil is a member of the World Association of Medical Law and the International Bar Association (IBA). He was Chair of the Healthcare & Life Sciences Law Committee of the IBA from 2008 to 2012, Co-Chair of that Commitee in 2013 and is currently Co-Vice Chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the IBA.

He is named as a leading lawyer in the categories of healthcare and regulatory by Best Lawyers International and in dispute resolution by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Neil has published numerous articles on healthcare, environmental, administrative and constitutional law matters.

Neil has LLB and LLM degrees and a Certificate in Environmental Law from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Life Sciences Law Practice:

Few matters cut deeper into the pockets of both individuals and businesses than healthcare costs. Medical scheme fraud, reported to be widespread, has added substantially to these costs, as has the onslaught of HIV/Aids. Legislative change has also been dramatic in the healthcare industry, resulting in a rash of disputes over dispensing fees, medicine pricing and the advertising of health products.

In this context, the firm is at the cutting edge of legal developments in the health, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. For instance, the Werksmans Healthcare & Life Sciences team has helped to clamp down on fraudulent medical claims by representing medical schemes and administrators against erring healthcare service providers. We have also assisted employers in implementing workable, cost-effective HIV/Aids workplace programmes.

The diversified knowledge of the team is complemented by in-depth insight into South Africa’s evolving legislative and regulatory environment. This includes the black economic empowerment requirements of the Health Charter and the legal implications of the National Health Act, Consumer Protection Act and foodstuff laws as well as the proposed National Health Insurance Scheme. Other sought-after skills of the team include know how in product liability matters, consumer protection, licensing, distribution agreements and compliance with clinical trials regulations.

Expertise in these fields is sharpened by extensive international involvement, which includes representation at the World Association of Medical Law and the World Congress on Public Healthcare Law & Ethics. Team members are often speakers at local and global conferences, covering topics ranging from stem cell research and euthanasia to traditional African medicine.

The Healthcare & Life Sciences practice works closely with other practice areas within the firm in order to provide a holistic service to clients. Practice areas with which the Healthcare & Life Sciences practice works include but are not limited to the following: Environmental, Dispute Resolution, Mining & Resources and Competition.

Werksmans Attorneys:

Established in the early 1900s, Werksmans Attorneys is a leading South African corporate and commercial law firm serving multinationals, listed companies, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and government.

Operating in Gauteng and the Western Cape, and connected to an extensive African legal network through LEX Africa, the firm’s reputation is built on the combined experience of Werksmans and Jan S. de Villiers, which merged in 2009.

LEX Africa was established in 1993 as the first and largest African legal network and offers huge potential for Werksmans’ clients as it provides a gateway to Africa to companies seeking to do business on the continent. Each LEX Africa member firm specialises in corporate and commercial law and dispute resolution combined with intimate knowledge of the local customs, business practices, cultures and languages of each country.

With a formidable track record in mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, and commercial litigation and dispute resolution, Werksmans is distinguished by the people, clients and work that it attracts and retains.

Werksmans’ more than 180 lawyers are a powerful team of independent-minded individuals who share a common service ethos. The firm’s success is built on a solid foundation of insightful and innovative deal structuring and legal advice, a keen ability to understand business and economic imperatives and a strong focus on achieving the best legal outcome for clients.