People

De Louw Le Roux


De louw graduated from the University of the Free State in 1996 and is an admitted Attorney, Conveyancer, Notary (with the right of appearance in the High Courts of South Africa). He is also an external lecturer at the University of Johannesburg, lecturing Mercantile Law (Contract Law and Corporate Governance) at the Business School of the University of Johannesburg. De louw holds an Advanced Diploma in Business Rescue and is registered as a Senior Business Rescue Practitioner at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC).

De Louw is closely involved with the Legal Practitioner Council (previously the Law Society of the Northern Provinces) and serves on several committees, including the Disciplinary and Investigation Committee of the Legal Practitioner Council and as an Examiner in the Attorney’s Admission Examination for Conveyancing and Notarial Practices.

After completing his articles at a law firm in Gauteng, De Louw joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Solicitors (the third largest law firm in the world) in London, England as a foreign attorney in their commercial department. On his return from England, De louw acted on behalf of Sappi Limited, a JSE listed company, as an independent legal advisor before committing himself in establishing Le Roux & Du Plessis Attorneys. De Louw has more than 20 years’ experience in property law and is a frequent commentator on legal matters in the media.

Qualifications:
B.Proc (UOVS) Advanced Certificate in Business Rescue

Admission:
Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
Conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa
Notary Public of the High Court of South Africa
Right of Appearance in the High Court of South Africa
Senior Business Rescue Practitioner registered at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)

Lecturing & External Engagements:
External Lecturer at the University of Johannesburg Business School (Mercantile Law)
Committee Member of the Disciplinary and Investigation Committee of the Legal Practice Council (previously Law Society of the Northern Province)
Examiner in the Attorney’s Admission Examination for Conveyancing and Notarial Practices, Legal Practice Council (previously Law Society of the Northern Province)

Membership:
Legal Practice Council (previously Law Society of the Northern Province)
Pretoria Attorney Association
Johannesburg Attorney Association

Deofrann Du Plessis


Deofrann is a graduate from the University of the Free State and was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2000. In January 2001 Deofrann joined Herbert Smith Solicitors in London, United Kingdom as a foreign attorney in their Civil Litigation Department. Deofrann left Herbert Smith Solicitors for the Insolvency Services, an executive agency of the Department of Trade and Industry of the United Kingdom.

On Deofrann’s return to South Africa, he formed the firm Le Roux & Du Plessis Attorneys with De Louw as a Director. Deofrann has a strong and loyal client base who appreciate the approachable way in which he works coupled with his recognised status in the legal field and has a special interest in new property developments. He regularly acts on behalf of clients specialising in new developments, bridging finance companies and financial institutions.

Qualifications:
B.Proc (UOVS)

Admission:
Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
Right of Appearance in the High Court of South Africa

Membership:
Legal Practice Council (previously Law Society of the Northern Province)
Pretoria Attorney Association
Johannesburg Attorney Association

Deofrann has a strong and loyal client base who appreciate the approachable way in which he works coupled with his recognised status in the legal field and has a special interest in new property developments. He regularly acts on behalf of clients specialising in new developments, bridging finance companies and financial institutions.

Martin-Dean Hayward


Mr Martin Hayward is a Director at Le Roux & Du Plessis Attorneys and heads up its Family Law Department. As Head of Family Law Department, Martin regularly deals with complex divorce cases involving maintenance, domestic violence, custody, interpretation of complex remuneration schemes, finding hidden assets, and delivering cash to allow clean-break settlements.   Martin has more than 22 years’ experience in litigation and has written numerous Law Articles and opinions in various magazines, newspapers and journals. 

Martin is a highly experienced litigation lawyer, having qualified as an Attorney and with the right of appearance in the High Court of South Africa. Martin obtained his B Proc degree from the University of Port Elizabeth in 1995 where after he served as a Public Prosecutor. Martin then established his own law firm, Martin Hayward Attorneys, in 1999 where after he joined Mr Louis Shapiro and practiced under Shapiro & Shapiro Inc. (later Shapiro & Ledwaba Inc.) until 2018 where he specialised in Family Law as well as High Court and Magistrate Court litigation.

Qualifications:
B.Proc (UPE)

Admission:
Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
Right of Appearance in the High Court of South Africa

Membership:
Legal Practice Council (previously Law Society of the Northern Province)
Pretoria Attorney Association
Johannesburg Attorney Association

Jano Nel


Jano holds a BCom (Law) with a major in Financial Accounting and Taxation as well as an LLB degree from the University of Pretoria. After completing his studies and before joining Le Roux & Du Plessis Attorneys, he served his articles of clerkship with Shapiro & Ledwaba Inc. where he specialised in family law. Jano takes a bespoke approach to each client’s case and ensures that the method of reaching a resolution is appropriate for that individual client, whether that be court proceedings, mediation or any other form of dispute resolution. His work includes financial proceedings arising on divorce and separation, division of assets held in complicated structures across multiple jurisdictions, children matters and domestic violence.

Dr Gawie Van Der Merwe


Dr Van Der Merwe holds the degrees LLB (Unisa), B.Eng (Elec), M.Elec (Elec) and D.Eng (Engineering Management). Dr Van Der Merwe started his career as an Electrical Engineer but currently specialises in Patent Registration and Protection as an admitted & registered Attorney, Notary & Patent Attorney.