What made you decide to become a lawyer?
I initially enjoyed the commerce subjects of my degree more than the law subjects. My affinity for law developed much later. While working at a Property Investment company and having had to deal with the legal side of things, I realised the usefulness of being a lawyer, the essential life skills gained and the ability I have to help people in solving their personal and commercial problems. I enrolled for my internship, was admitted as Lawyer in South Africa, owned my own law firm, was admitted as lawyer in Singapore and, here I am, soon to be a proudly admitted New Zealand Solicitor.
Where did you study law and what was your favourite subject?
I studied law at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and my favourite subject was Commercial and Corporate Law.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
My father’s advice to me when I faced tricky situations would always be “Do the right thing, right”. My own piece of advice to myself is that “everything is possible”.
Do you have any hobbies / interests outside of work?
I love travelling and exploring new countries, cities and even local spots. I also enjoy all outdoor activities: mountain biking, surfing, diving, skiing and now being in Whanganui I can finally learn how to sail, a lifelong dream of mine. And of course, spending time with my family and friends over a glass of wine and a traditional South African barbeque “braai” which will now be accompanied with some New Zealand lamb, yum!
Complete this sentence: if I wasn’t a lawyer I would be...
While studying law in the heart of our best wine region, Stellenbosch, I spent many hours visiting our wineries, meeting with winemakers, discussing the wines with my “wine-buddies” and ended up studying winemaking on a part-time basis. If my winding life path did not guide me to be a lawyer I would definitely have been a winemaker.
What do you love about your job?Solving problems and making a difference in people’s lives. That’s really what life is all about, the people we can help along the way.