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De Louw Le Roux


De Louw graduated from the University of the Free State in 1996 and is a duly qualified and admitted Attorney, Conveyancer, and Notary, with the right to appear in the High Courts of South Africa. In addition to his legal practice, De Louw's passion for imparting knowledge led him to serve as an external lecturer at the University of Johannesburg for 14 years. At the Business School of the University of Johannesburg, he lectured Mercantile Law, specialising in Contract Law and Corporate Governance.

De Louw's commitment to professional growth is evident through his acquisition of an Advanced Diploma in Business Rescue, further enhancing his breadth of knowledge. Registered at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) as a Senior Business Rescue Practitioner, he exhibits a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies surrounding corporate rescue proceedings. Actively engaged in the legal community, De Louw plays an instrumental role within the Legal Practitioner Council (the LPC), previously known as the Law Society of the Northern Provinces. His involvement spans various committees, acting as a committee member and chairperson of the various Disciplinary and Investigation Committees of the LPC. This demonstrates his commitment to upholding the standards and ethics of the legal profession, ensuring the integrity and accountability of Legal Practitioners. Furthermore, De Louw contributes his expertise as an Examiner in the Attorney's Admission Examination, specifically focusing on Conveyancing and Notarial Practices, thereby shaping the next generation of legal professionals.

De Louw's international experience includes his tenure at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Solicitors, one of the world's largest law firms, situated in London, England. Upon returning to South Africa, De Louw provided independent legal counsel to Sappi Limited, a company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Driven by his passion for the law and armed with over 24 years of experience in property law, De Louw frequently assumes the role of a legal commentator in the media. His contributions to public discourse serve to enlighten and educate the public on various legal matters, further solidifying his reputation as a respected authority in the field. De Louw founded the firm Le Roux & Du Plessis Attorneys in 2001 and he brings a wealth of knowledge in property law to serve his clients with unwavering dedication and skill, ensuring their legal needs are met with the utmost professionalism and proficiency.

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 an alumnus of the University of the Free State, having graduated and subsequently gained admission as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2000. His professional journey has been marked by diverse and enriching experiences. After his admittance, Deofrann joining Herbert Smith Solicitors, a prestigious law firm based in London, United Kingdom. During his tenure, he served as a foreign attorney in the Civil Litigation Department, contributing his expertise to a wide range of complex legal cases. Seeking further professional growth and a deeper understanding of insolvency matters, Deofrann decided to join the Insolvency Services, an esteemed executive agency operating under the Department of Trade and Industry of the United Kingdom. This career move allowed him to expand his knowledge and sharpen his skills in handling insolvency-related issues.

Following his experiences abroad, Deofrann returned to his home country of South Africa and co-founded the firm Le Roux & Du Plessis Attorneys, alongside De Louw, assuming the role of Director. With his exemplary work ethic, Deofrann has cultivated a loyal and esteemed client base who greatly appreciate his approachable demeanour and exceptional reputation in the legal sphere. His specialisation lies in new property developments, an area that has captivated his professional interest. Deofrann frequently represents clients involved in new development projects and Township establishments, leveraging his expertise and legal acumen to ensure their interests are protected. Through his meticulous approach and comprehensive understanding of the intricacies surrounding property law, he has successfully guided numerous clients through the complexities of the ever-evolving landscape of new property ventures.

Deofrann stands as a respected figure within the legal community, constantly striving for excellence and maintaining an unwavering commitment to his clients and their legal needs.

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

Martin-Dean Hayward


Mr. Martin Hayward holds the position of Director at Le Roux & Du Plessis Attorneys, where he serves as the head of the Family Law Department. With an exceptional depth of knowledge and experience in family law matters, Martin consistently demonstrates his expertise in handling complex divorce cases that encompass a wide array of challenging legal issues. These include maintenance disputes, cases involving domestic violence, custody battles, the interpretation of intricate remuneration schemes, uncovering hidden assets, and facilitating cash settlements to enable clean-break resolutions. Martin's outstanding career in litigation spans over 27 years, during which he has been an active contributor to the legal field. He has authored numerous insightful articles and provided expert opinions in various esteemed magazines, newspapers, and journals. His contributions to legal publications have further solidified his reputation as a knowledgeable authority in family law matters.

As a highly experienced litigation lawyer, Martin is a qualified Attorney, holding the right to appear in the High Court of South Africa. He earned his B Proc degree from the University of Port Elizabeth in 1995, after which he served as a Public Prosecutor. Subsequently, Martin joined the esteemed legal firm Shapiro & Shapiro Inc., later known as Shapiro & Ledwaba Inc., where he honed his skills and specialised in Family Law and High Court litigation. His tenure at Shapiro & Ledwaba Inc. spanned until 2018, during which he showcased his exceptional abilities in navigating complex family law cases and engaging in rigorous litigation in the High Court.

With a proven track record of excellence and an unwavering commitment to providing exceptional legal representation, Martin Hayward stands as a prominent figure in the field of Family Law. His extensive experience, combined with his continuous pursuit of legal knowledge, positions him as a reliable and compassionate advocate for his clients, ensuring that their rights and best interests are diligently safeguarded throughout the legal process.

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

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.

Benjamin Powel


Mr Benjamin Powel's educational and professional journey reflects his dedication to the legal field and his pursuit of practical experience. In 2019, he successfully obtained his Bachelor of Commerce (Law) degree from the University of Pretoria, specialising in Tax and Financial Accounting as his elective subjects throughout the respective years. Demonstrating his exceptional time management skills, Benjamin also worked as an IT help desk assistant while pursuing his degree.

During his LLB studies, Benjamin actively sought opportunities to gain practical exposure to the legal profession. He undertook vacation work at various law firms, where he immersed himself in the daily operations of the workplace and gained invaluable hands-on experience in the application of law in real-life scenarios. This practical exposure provided Benjamin with a deeper understanding of the legal landscape and bolstered his knowledge of legal principles in action.

In 2021, Benjamin successfully completed his LLB degree at the University of Pretoria, marking a significant milestone in his legal education. Following his graduation, he secured a position as a Candidate Legal Practitioner at Le Roux & Du Plessis Attorneys, a testament to his achievements and potential within the legal profession. As part of his journey towards professional qualification, Benjamin completed a comprehensive seven-week practical vocational training course in 2022. This training served to enhance his practical skills and further prepare him for the demands of legal practice.

In 2023, Benjamin successfully passed his Attorney Admission Exams, showcasing his depth of legal knowledge and readiness to embark on the next phase of his career. While he has yet to be admitted as an Attorney, Benjamin has already been actively engaging with clients and demonstrating his meticulous yet efficient approach to handling diverse legal matters. His commitment to providing high-quality legal services and his ability to navigate various legal areas with precision are evident in his dedication to Family Law, Estate Administration, Property Law, the Law of Contract, and general civil litigation. With a keen interest in multiple facets of the law, Benjamin's passion for justice and his desire to make a positive impact in the lives of his clients are central to his professional aspirations. As he continues to develop his legal expertise and works towards admission as an Attorney, Benjamin's dedication and unwavering commitment to his chosen areas of practice will undoubtedly lead to a successful and fulfilling career.

Qualifications:
BCom Law (UP)
LLB (UP)

Jana Boshoff


In 2021 Ms Jana Boshoff successfully obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Laws degree from the University of Pretoria, laying a strong foundation for her legal career. Building upon her educational achievements, Jana commenced her articles of clerkship with Le Roux & Du Plessis Attorneys in 2022. This valuable opportunity allowed her to gain practical experience in a professional legal setting, honing her skills and expanding her understanding of the legal profession.

To further enhance her practical knowledge and ensure she was well-prepared for the demands of legal practice, Jana completed the 7-week Practical Vocational Training Course for candidate attorneys with the Legal Practice Council in Pretoria during 2022. This comprehensive course equipped her with the necessary skills and insights required to excel as a Candidate Legal Practitioner. Driven by her interests and dedication, Jana exhibits a particular focus on family law, deceased estates, the law of contracts, and commercial law. These areas of law captivate her attention and reflect her desire to make a meaningful impact in the lives of individuals and businesses alike.

Jana's academic achievements, coupled with her practical experience and specific areas of interest, position her well for a successful career in the legal profession. Her commitment to providing diligent and knowledgeable legal services in the realms of family law, deceased estates, contracts, and commercial law will undoubtedly contribute to her professional growth and make a positive impact on her clients.

Qualifications:
BA (UP)
LLB (UP)
 
 
 
 
 
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