introduction to southey attorneys

At Southey Attorneys we work with each client as an individual and treat every case as a unique opportunity to problem solve and provide a custom solution. This includes taking the client’s business, relationships, environment and financial situation into account.  

Every person at Southey Attorneys is passionate about taking care of the legal details, so that our clients can rest assured that they are in good legal standing now, and in the future.

This personal approach, and attention to detail, is evident in our work, our community relationships and in the reputation that Southey Attorneys has developed over the years.

vision

To provide every client with personal expert service while working together to build South African society and ensure that the rule of law prevails.

mission

We endeavour to uphold our values and add substance to the changing legal industry, with the aim of working smart, while ensuring we remain productive, significant, creative and passionate about every client.

values

Enthusiasm

Integrity

Quality

Efficiency

Knowledge

Passion

Diversity

Creativity

Productivity

introduction to staff

The true value of Southey Attorneys is found in the team that makes our excellent work and reputation possible.  

We have a unique blend of incredible Southey Attorneys’ specific experience – the type that can only be found in truly committed staff members, who have seen it all and worked through it successfully. There is a variety of team members at our firm who bring different knowledge and problem-solving skills.  

This combination of experience has created a dynamic, creative, and incredibly efficient team. They are held together by a commitment to respecting and celebrating each individual, and the role they play in building the Southey Attorneys firm.

Vaughan Southey
senior director, attorney, conveyancer, notary

With a BL (Hons), an LLB and 36 years of experience, Vaughan Southey leads the Southey Attorneys team in providing clients with excellent, experience underpinned, legal opinion.

Vaughan enjoys how law is never the same two days in a row, and the subtle nuances that are discovered in the application of law to the specifics of each different case, contract and conveyancing matter. This continuous adjustment and development of a deeper appreciation for the intricacies of the law, is what drives Vaughan to seek legal excellence on a daily basis.

,“The Roman Dutch legal system used in South Africa , is a world class legal philosophy and It is a privilege to be part of such an advanced, well -structured and intricate legal system” says Vaughan. 

“At Southey Attorneys we recognise and celebrate the distinct talent of our staff, but Southeys’ strength lies in the various teams which take care of different aspects of the business. The strength of each team is complimented by the immense individual talent of each member, and ultimately the team dynamic is what gives Southey Attorneys that competitive edge which is what our reputation is built on.” Says Vaughan.

Zak scholtz
director, ATTORNEY

Zak became a lawyer to help resolve problems contributing to societal stability, ensuring that the rule of law prevails.  

He is happiest when assisting clients and is particularly pleased to be working at Southey Attorneys because the firm’s values of integrity, quality and diversity, among others, form the corner stone of Zak’s approach to law.

“I’m passionate about creating contracts for clients that not only look after them in the current environment, but also provide for, and protect the client going into the future.  At Southey Attorneys, every client is treated as an individual and it’s exciting to be able to add value to the client in their personal and legal matters.” He says.

Robyn Hoosain
Director, attorney, conveyancer, notary

With an LLB from Pretoria University and 6 years in legal practice, Robyn brings a fresh and personal approach to the Southey Attorneys team.

 Her appreciation for the structured elegance of law developed through her studies and in her first few years of experience but her true passion came to light at Southey Attorneys. The firm’s commitment to creativity, diversity and enthusiasm has fostered her passion for partnering with clients to help shape exciting life milestones. 

“I get a great deal of satisfaction from working with clients as they take those big steps in life, whether it be drawing up an Antenuptial contract for an upcoming wedding or assisting a family to register their first home. It’s always exhilarating to be a part of our client’s journey.” She says.

annie struwig - senior conveyancing secretary

Annie’s 45 years of conveyancing experience provides the Southey Attorneys team with an unrivalled depth of knowledge.

Her problem-solving approach to contracts, transfers and bond registrations is supported by the Southeys’ team values, the Attorneys’ support for conveyancing, and the autonomy afforded the team members.

“Every conveyancing matter brings new challenges which I really enjoy working on, so that our clients have an experience which is as smooth and as problem free as possible. I get a great deal of fulfilment from assisting clients through the property transaction process.” She says.

rose southey
practice manager

Rose’s passion for well run, system led business management, developed during her ten years in auditing prior to joining Southey Attorneys, facilitates excellent legal service for clients. Her work across all the business units at Southeys results in the application of best practice business compliance.  

This attention to detail and fastidious system driven approach, ensures that Southeys provides clients with efficient service. It also means that all the Legal Practice Council requirements are in place so that clients can rest assured that the work is of the highest compliance and legal standards.

“At Southey Attorneys we treat people with respect and dignity.” says Rose. “This company ethos has helped to build a business of accountability and support for each other which results in excellent teamwork.” She says.

This attention to detail and fastidious system driven approach, ensures that Southeys provides clients with efficient service. It also means that all the Legal Practice Council requirements are in place so that clients can rest assured that the work is of the highest compliance and legal standards.

” At Southey Attorneys we treat people with respect and dignity.” says Rose. “This company ethos has helped to build a business of accountability and support for each other which results in excellent teamwork.: She says.

Helen Van der vaart
para-legal

Having worked in Banking Recoveries for 35 years, Helen’s wealth of experience enables her to have an excellent working relationship with the four major banks. 

Her unique approach to debtor support and rehabilitation is made possible through the Southey team’s values of creativity, integrity, significance and efficiency coupled with the firm’s warm, personal approach and a commitment to excellence. 

“It is very satisfying being able to assist debtors to work through their debt situation.  The banks have a variety of tools available to debtors, which enables reasonable debt repayment terms.  I enjoy rehabilitating debtors through the debt repayment process so that they are able to finish their transaction with the banks on a positive note.” She says

Sasha Rajkumar
attorney

Sasha Rajkumar: Attorney

Sasha started in law because of her desire to help people in difficult situations when they are unable to help themselves. Having studied an LLB at the University of Johannesburg and in her work prior to and at Southey Attorneys, Sasha has found two specific areas of law which she enjoys working in the most.

“I really like working with Civil and Family Law because, good legal work makes such a difference to the individuals in each case and can help to protect our client’s loved ones, in the case of an estate and children in the case of a divorce. In every case I work with, I’m very determined to represent the interests of those who can’t represent themselves like children.” Says Sasha

“Working at Southey Attorneys enables me to touch on a variety of different legal fields which broadens my general understanding and application of the law and affords me the opportunity to grow.  It’s the type of firm I always dreamed I’d be able to work at.” She says.

Devlin fenton
candidate attorney

Devlin has always been fascinated with understanding the structures that hold our society together and in particular how the organs of state work and are held accountable.  It comes as no surprise then that he thoroughly enjoyed studying an LLB at the University of Pretoria and has since developed keen interests in several areas of law.

“I’m particularly interested in the depth and nuancing of criminal law and how complex and well-structured this type of law is,” says Devlin. “In contrast, another area of law I thoroughly enjoy working with is Family Law because it can literally change people’s lives for good or bad, dependent on the lawyer involved – that is a huge responsibility. Finally, an area of law I spend a lot of time in is something called PADJA which is the piece of legislation that keeps those in power, such as government officials, accountable.  I’m so pleased to be working within a legal system that has legislation that empowers the public to hold those in power accountable for their actions.” He says.

“Law is very personal, not just to me, but to every one of our clients. One of the reasons I like working at Southey Attorneys is because the team takes the time to appreciate each other as individuals and celebrate each success.” He says.

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