People

De Louw Le Roux


De louw graduated from the University of the Free State in 1996 and is an admitted Attorney, Conveyancer and Notary. He is also a part time lecturer at the University of Johannesburg and holds an Advanced Certificate in Business Rescue. After serving his articles with 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. Whilst at Sappi his duties included legal and commercial advice to various international companies, including property related matters, labour relations, tax, third party liabilities, legal opinions and insurance. De louw has written numerous articles and guidelines relating to property law, commercial law and labour law during his career.
De Louw has more than 20 years’ experience in property law and deals with a wide variety of contentious and non-contentious matters on behalf of both private and corporate clients. De Louw is a frequent commentator on legal matters in the media and holds the right to appear in the High Courts of South Africa.

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. During his employment with Herbert Smith Solicitors, Deofrann gained extensive experience in civil litigation in the corporate market. Deofrann left Herbert Smith Solicitors for the Insolvency Services, an executive agency of the Department of Trade and Industry of the United Kingdom. Whilst at the Insolvency Services Deofrann acted on behalf of insolvency practitioners, government departments (such as Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise), creditors, bankers and other interested parties in litigation related matters. 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.

Martin-Dean Hayward


Martin is a Director at Le Roux & Du Plessis Attorneys and heads up its Family Law Department. As Head of the Family Law Department, Martin deals with complex divorce cases involving maintenance, domestic violence, custody, interpretation of complex remuneration schemes, finding hidden assets, and liberating cash to allow clean-break settlements. Martin-Dean 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 and graduated from the University of Port Elizabeth in 1995 whereafter he served as a Public Prosecutor before committing himself in establishing his own law firm Martin Hayward Attorneys in 1999 where he specialised in Family- and Criminal Law as well as High – and Magistrate Court litigation. He then joined Mr Louis Shapiro and practiced under Shapiro & Shapiro Inc. until 2018 where he specialised in Family Law as well as High Court and Magistrate Court litigation. Martin-Dean also partakes in various litigation matters as well as Criminal Matters.

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.