The early years
At the start of my legal career I was heavily involved in debt collection and civil litigation and wasn’t very good or happy with either. I subsequently worked for a bank and then I became a Deeds Office examiner and I have been involved with conveyancing and property transactions ever since.
Someone said to me that conveyancing is an exact science and I think this is what attracted me to conveyancing in the first place. In some areas of the law it is crucial that you are able to think on your feet and it might even be beneficial if you are able to bluff your way out of tricky situations, but to be successful in conveyancing you need to be meticulous and have a keen eye for detail. I believe I have these qualities and I get my satisfaction from having anticipated any problems that may present themselves in a transaction and successfully negotiating these.
Conveyancing can be very stressful since you are dealing with people’s finances. My background and experience make it easier for me to foresee possible problems before they arise and I enjoy teaching people what pitfalls to look out for when dealing with conveyancing matters.
My family is my most prized possession and I cherish the time spent with them. We enjoy cooking, hiking, beach walks and being out in nature together. Being one of the old-timers at Adriaans Attorneys I am technologically disabled so if it wasn’t for my children I probably still wouldn’t know how to properly operate my cell phone.
I know Ashley from a previous law firm where we worked together. After I started practising on my own Ashley approached me about teaming up with his firm to grow and expand their conveyancing department. I have been with them for approximately a year and a half now and what appeals to me about the firm is that the people are vibrant, eager and accommodating.