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Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys Juan-Henry Cavanagh

JUAN-HENRY CAVANAGH

DIRECTOR

Mr. Cavanagh is a Director and co-founder of Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys.  Mr. Cavanagh completed his Baccalaureus Legum (LLB) degree, Magister Legum (LLM) and Law School at The University of Pretoria. 

After he completed his attorney’s exams, he was admitted as an attorney of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces.  In the same year he completed a certificate in Advanced Labour Law with a distinction at The University of Pretoria. Mr. Cavanagh completed multiple certificates in various aspects of Labour Relations/Labour Law. These courses gave him a fundamental understanding of the following principles: disciplinary hearings, client workplace audits, representation and conducting of union negotiations, collective bargaining, management and Industrial action, incapacity enquiries, drafting of employment agreements, conciliations and arbitrations at the CCMA and Bargaining Councils, dismissals for operational requirements, Employment Equity, Skills Development Act, Extension of Security of Tenure Act, UIF and OHSA, double 

jeopardy, inconsistency in labour relations, company disciplinary actions, settlement agreements and polygraph testing. Mr. Cavanagh was employed with Fourie and Fismer Incorporated Attorneys as a candidate attorney. His Principals during this time were Mr. C.P Fourie who was the President of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces and Mr. C. Fismer who is the President of the South-African Gambling Board. His services at Fourie and Fismer Incorporated Attorneys gave him knowledge and experience in civil litigation, contract law, third party law, labour law, divorce and debt collecting. 

Mr. Cavanagh further gained excessive experience at SEESA (Small Employer Entities South Africa) Labour Consultants and NEASA (National Employers Association South Africa) Employers Organisation in all aspects of labour law.

In 2010 Mr. Cavanagh was invited to become a South-African Golden Key member for outstanding achievements in acquiring his masters’ degree in law of contracts. Through his acquaintances at Fourie and Fismer Incorporated Attorneys, SEESA and NEASA he is involved in the daily corporate networking between clients, associates and colleagues, and walks hand in hand with leading corporate businessmen. 

Mr. Cavanagh has built a very good reputation in the labour and contract legal field and is already well- known and referred to as an expert in these legal fields by clients, associates and colleagues.

Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys Juan-Henry Cavanagh Ross Richards

ROSS RICHARDS

DIRECTOR

Mr. Richards is a Director and co-founder of Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys. Mr. Richards completed his Baccalaureus Legum (LLB) degree at the University of Pretoria and is an Admitted Attorney to Appear in the Magistrate and Higher Courts of South Africa. 

Mr. Richards was employed with Fourie and Fismer Incorporated Attorneys as a candidate attorney. Mr. C.P Fourie  – at that stage the President of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces – and Mr. C. Fismer – President of the South-African Gambling Board – were his principals. Here he gained extensive knowledge  and experience in civil litigation, contract law, third party law, labour law, divorce and debt collecting. 

Mr. Richards completed a certificate in Advanced Labour Law with a distinction at The University of South 

Africa. Mr. Richards is currently busy with his Magister Legum (LLM) in Commercial Law and will be completing the degree in 2017. Mr. Richards was later employed at KPMG as a legal advisor obtaining extensive experience in financial legal services, commercial and corporate law. 

Subsequently, Mr. Richards was employed as the Group Legal Advisor at Primedia Unlimit ed specialising in commercial, corporate, competition law, labour, marketing and media law. Mr. Richards was responsible for the drafting of all corporate and commercial legal agreements and agreements and documents. He also provided legal advice to the company and its board of shareholders and directors in all areas of their business.

Mr. Richards also has extensive experience in commercial litigation, corporate governance, financing and business transactions within several jurisdictions in Africa. 

Mr. Richards has strong interpersonal, management skills, and great relations with his clients and colleagues within the legal  communities.

OUR TEAM

Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys Toby Schmahl

TOBY SCHMAHL

ATTORNEY

Mr. Schmahl entered the profession in 2008 upon graduating with a Bachelor of laws (LLB) at the University of  Pretoria.

Mr. Schmahl is an attorney of Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys as of September 2014. In 2010, Mr. Schmahl was employed at Cilliers and Reynder Incorporated as a candidate attorney. He gained further experience in 2012, when he was employed with Jay Incorporated Attorneys. His practice is centred on criminal defence, commercial litigation, civil litigation, legal research, legal advice, corporate law, employment law, labour litigation and family law. His focus, and indeed Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys’ focus, is to provide clients with high quality legal services.

Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys Juan-Henry Cavanagh Dawie Coetzer

DAWIE COETZER

ATTORNEY

Mr. Coetzer completed his Baccalaureus Legum (LLB) degree at The University of Pretoria where he has competed in, and triumphed in numerous moot court matters.

He entered the attorney’s profession by commencing his articles at Serfontein, Viljoen & Swart Attorneys (”SVS”) where he was quick to continue his development as an avid litigator. During his articles he gained experience in general litigation matters in the High Court and Magistrate’s Court, as well as handling criminal and maintenance matters. 

He completed his articles of clerkship and board exams whilst in the employ of SVS, before being formerly admitted as an attorney of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces. Mr. Coetzer remained in the employ of SVS as a practicing attorney, broadening his knowledge and experience in litigation matters.

Mr. Coetzer has extensive experience in labour matters, both at the CCMA as well as the labour court. He has further broadened his repertoire in opposed divorces, criminal trials as well as damages claims. He has particular interest and experience with medical malpractice matters. With regards to non-litigious matters, Mr. Coetzer has a wealth of experience in drafting of all types of contracts, trusts and formal legal documents. 

Mr. Coetzer ultimately focuses on obtaining the best possible result for the clients of Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys whilst building prosperous client-attorney relationships.

Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys Francois De Necker

FRANCOIS DE NECKER

ATTORNEY

Mr. De Necker’s Professional Qualifications:

  • LLB degree (NWU)
  • Admitted Attorney

Mr. De Necker is a very dynamic and hardworking individual, he always strive to be professional and have the utmost respect towards himself and others. He only expects the highest standard of conduct, repute and good faith which are consistent with the 

membership of this profession, thus he always strive to exhibit the qualities as set out above. He is a 

dedicated sports fanatic, and has a passion for the outdoors and wildlife. He spends most of his free time either on the golf course or exploring the “off the beaten track” locations of our continent. He was admitted as an Attorney in the High Court in May 2014, after completion of his articles at Weavind & Weavind Inc, where after he joined KMG & Associates Inc. where he excelled in civil- and commercial litigation matters. He deals with a variety of litigious matters and has gained extensive knowledge in family law, debt collection proceedings and civil litigation.

Mr. De Necker has successfully litigated on behalf of various major companies in matters ranging from quite a variety of fields, he possesses an acute analytical ability and is extremely dedicated and result-driven.

Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys Stella-Marie Geldenhuys

STELLA-MARIE GELDENHUYS

ATTORNEY

Ms.  Geldenhuys obtained her Baccalaureus Legum (LLB) degree at The University of Pretoria in 2013. Academically Stella-Mari performed very well and that shows her willingness to work hard. 

During Ms. Geldenhuys’s final year at University she worked at the University’s Law Clinic providing a voluntary service to people who could not afford legal advice. During her year at the Law Clinic she was mostly exposed to family law (divorce and maintenance).

In 2014, Ms. Geldenhuys was employed at Erasmus Scheepers Attorneys as a candidate attorney where she was exposed to most legal fields, which fields include labour law practice, family law, criminal matters and general civil litigation. Later that same year Stella-Mari ceded her articles and joined Savage Jooste & Adams Incorporated where she was furthermore 

exposed to personal injury litigation.

Later that same year Stella-Mari ceded her articles and joined Savage Jooste & Adams Incorporated where she was furthermore exposed to personalinjury litigation (third party matters against the Road Accident Fund), medical malpractice, commercial law and litigation, insurance law and general liability matters.  Ms. Geldenhuys joined the Cavanagh & Richards’ legal team’s civil department during January 2016 after completing her articles.

Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys Natascha Botha

NATASCHA BOTHA

ATTORNEY

Ms. Botha has completed her Bcom LLB degree at Potchefstroom University and has been in practice since 2009, being an admitted attorney and notary public.

She has experience in various legal fields, consisting of civil, criminal and commercial sectors as well as practical experience in High and Magistrate court appearances, drafting of legal documents including contracts, Service Level Agreements (SLA), Insolvency matters, Fore-closure matters, Road Accident Fund claims, applications, contracts, debt collections, rental – and insurance matters, divorce matters, debt review applications, maintenance matters to only name a few. Further, she also has the Right of Appearance in the High Court in terms of section 4(2). She complied with a Practice Management Course through the Law Society in which she gained further experience in general management of businesses, risk and insurance management, finance management, marketing management, human resource/people management and 

strategic management.

She has strong interpersonal skills, is a professional, self-motivated, team player, and able to work in stressful environments and holds herself to a high ethical code.

JACO LOOTS

ATTORNEY

After an extensive academic background of lecturing on law of contracts, labour law and law of negotiable instruments, Mr Loots entered the formal legal profession after obtaining his LLB at Potchefstroom University of Christian Higher Education in 1993.

He completed his articles at Botes & Raubenheimer in 1997 and was admitted as an attorney of the High Court in 1998. His practice as an admitted attorney started in the commercial and litigation division of Botes & Raubenheimer where Mr Loots finetuned his expertise in high court litigation. At the turn of the century, Mr Loots opened his own firm, JJ Loots Incorporated. Whilst the firm’s overall focus was to ensure a 360-degree service to its clients, from collections to contracts; Mr Loots proceeded to become an expert in High Court litigation, with a focus banking law and disputes and contracts relating to the construction sector.

After joining Cavanagh & Richards towards the end of 2017, Mr Loots is firmly established as a civil litigation expert with over 20 years’ experience and brings a strong and charismatic aspect to the clients of Cavanagh & Richards attorneys.

Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys Hugo Pretorius

HUGO PRETORIUS

ATTORNEY

Hugo is a successful, driven and charismatic attorney, who matriculated with distinction and obtained a Bcom Law degree, with majors in Financial Management and Accounting, at the University of Pretoria in 2009. 

He thereafter obtained an LLB degree at the University of Pretoria in 2011 and successfully completed Law School at the University of Pretoria during 2013. Hugo did his articles of clerkship at Arthur Channon Attorneys from 2012 to 2014 and was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa on 18 February 2014. During his employment at Arthur Channon Attorneys he completed post graduate courses in Rental and Eviction Law, as well as Air, Space and Telecommunications Law and obtained valuable experience In a wide variety of legal fields, including family law, contract law and business law, together strategic management strategic management with civil litigation experience in all these fields. His passion for business law lead him to the UNISA

. During 2016 where he completed two post graduate courses in Advanced Corporate Law & Securities Law (NQF 8) and Pension Funds Law (NQF 7). In an effort to expand his knowledge of the law regulating the financial services industry he completed all the Financial Advisory and Iintermediary Services Act Regulatory examinations (RE1 RE3 RE4 and RE5) during this same time. 

Hugo started at Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys’ during February 2017 and has been contributing greatly to the success of the firm while mainly focusing on analysing and drafting of all forms of commercial agreements and general civil litigation matters. 

Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys Kasper Brits

KASPER BRITS

ATTORNEY

Mr. Brits completed his BA degree at UP in 2010 wherein he specialized in Criminology and Psychology. He further completed his LLB degree at UP in 2014.

He joined our legal team in February 2017 after completing his articles at MC van der Berg Incorporated Attorneys. Mr. Brits currently specialises in Criminal law, Property law, Contracts and Civil.

He prioritizes client service and has a logical approach to solve legal problems.

Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys Morne Sauer

MORNE SAUER

ATTORNEY

Mr. Sauer completed his Law degree at North West University (N.W.U) in 2013 and completed a full time Law School Course in 2014 at N.W.U. Mr. Sauer also extended his legal knowledge by completed a Legal Course in drafting of legal documents.

In 2015, Mr Sauer completed his articles at Jan Ellis Attorneys situated in Potchefstroom. Mr. Sauer has also gained extensive in house legal experience as a legal advisor at Clientele Legal by providing legal advice in criminal, civil and labour matters. Mr. Sauer has joined our firm in October 2017 and is currently specialising in criminal, civil and labour law fields. We are proud to have such a hardworking and dedicate professional in our team. Professionalism and respect are key values of Mr Sauer and this can be seen is the way he interacts with his clients and colleagues. Mr Sauer goes all out to provide high quality professional legal services and assistance to his clients and always strives to achieve the best possible result in each and every situation.

Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys Andrew Groenewald

ANDREW GROENEWALD

CANDIDATE ATTORNEY

Mr. Groenewald completed his BCom Law in 2014 and LLB in 2016. During his studies he was exposed to various different commercial and legal fields and he elected to write his dissertation on Drone Warfare.

Mr. Groenewald also worked part time at the University of Pretoria as an Advancement Assistant, whereby he would draft Bursary Regulations for various donors to secure bursary support for students, this further exposed him to both contractual and regulatory matters that the university has to abide by. Mr. Groenewald is a hardworking person and strives to do everything to the highest standards. 

After joining the Cavanagh & Richards team at the start of 2017 he is exposed to various fields of law and his passion is prominent in his work.

Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys Johan Reinecke

JOHAN REINECKE

CANDIDATE ATTORNEY

Mr. Reinecke completed his BA Management and Development degree in 2012 and his BA LLB in 2016 at the North-West University. He has a keen interest in commercial law and focused his dissertation on the Consumer Protection Law of South Africa. 

He joined our legal team in August 2017 and is serving his articles as a candidate attorney. He is a hardworking individual and an asset to the Cavanagh & Richards  team.

Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys Annette Cavanagh Office Manager

ANNETTE CAVANAGH

OFFICE MANAGER

Mrs. Cavanagh has 16 years of extensive experience in the Law Industry. 

Her many duties include, managing of office staff and -relationships and overseeing office administration and finances. Mrs. Cavanagh is a Paralegal Secretary and Personal Assistant to the Directors, and plays a valuable role in daily management of the firm.

Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys Danielle Botes Receptionist & Secretary

DANIELLE BOTES

RECEPTIONIST & SECRETARY

Ms. Botes joined Cavanagh & Richards as the receptionist and secretary in February 2016. Her day-to-day role includes greeting clients and helping to answer any questions that they may have, as well as completing all day to day secretarial duties.

Ms. Botes assists in ensuring the smooth running and efficiency of our reception and administration department. She is currently in the process of obtaining her Higher Certificate of Economic and Management Science at UNISA after which she will study

Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys in Randburg Maritsa Van Der Craght Receptionist & Secretary

MARITSA VAN DER CRAGHT

RECEPTIONIST & SECRETARY

Ms van der Craght joined Cavanagh & Richards’ Randburg team as a receptionist and legal secretary towards the latter half of 2017. Ms van der Craght is a highly valued part of the team and ensures that the operations run effortlessly.

Ms van der Craght is exceedingly knowledgeable in understanding and optimizing daily operations due to her extensive background in administration and customer satisfaction whilst working as a receptionist, personal assistant and administrative assistant in various companies. 

With an ever-present positive and energetic attitude, Ms van der Craght is vital to the unrivaled service that Cavanagh & Richards deliver to its clients.