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Owen Salmon SC

Owen Salmon

Owen has been practising as an advocate since 1992. Before that, he was an attorney for about eight years. Now a Senior Advocate (SC) at the Johannesburg Bar, Owen has chambers as a member of Maisels Group – see www.maiselsgroup.co.za. In 2015 he served as an Acting Judge in the Johannesburg High Court, and is a Senior Adjudicator on the panel of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law for domain name disputes. Owen’s field of expertise is intellectual property law, in relation to which he has a Master’s degree. Owen has published several articles and papers on matters relating to intellectual property law.

He is still married to his first wife, Isabeau, who is a musician. Their eldest son, Pierre, is an aerodynamicist currently working at Jaguar Land Rover in the UK. Their second son, Dion, has entered articles for Chartered Accountancy with PWC, and their daughter Margaux is studying environmental science at Stellenbosch University.

Owen loves music, sport and creative writing. For over a decade he played lead guitar in a band performing hits from the 60s and 70s, and now belongs to a semipro (light) jazz band, FivePlay, where he takes the guitar and clarinet parts. Owen’s website www.bandbay.com is a hub for amateur and semipro musos, and he has written a number of film scripts. After too much road-running, tennis and taekwondo his knees are starting to complain and so he now keeps fit in the gym, cycling, and in frequent walks with Isabeau and their dogs.

Maria Alegria

Maria Alegria

Maria has worked as PA to Owen Salmon SC since 2004. Before that, for eight years, she was the Personal Assistant to Otto Beyers at Otto Beyers & Associates, insurance assessors and claim adjusters based in Midrand. Maria is a qualified bookkeeper, and has a Secretarial Diploma.

Maria is married to Manny and they have two daughters: Sabrina is about to enter third year reading for a B.Comm, and Anita, a prefect at Afrikaanse Hoërskool, Germiston, is in Matric. Maria, her husband and daughters are an integral part of the Portuguese folk dancing group Rancho Folchlorico Luso Maderiense based in Boksburg.

Michele Gioia

Michele Gioia

Michele was a member of the Johannesburg Bar from 2010, when he joined Maisels Group after working as an attorney for several years at two high-profile Johannesburg firms. He is also a member of the New York Bar.

With a special interest in tax, commercial and construction disputes, Michele brought his strategic and tactical thinking to bear. He acted as Junior Counsel in the largest tax dispute in South Africa, involving worldwide litigation which was ultimately successfully settled. He was also involved in the defence in one of the largest commercial criminal trials ever in South Africa, resulting in a full acquittal of 35 charges relating to stock-exchange fraud. Michele was also involved in setting aside a preservation order (in favour of SARS) relating to an alleged tax debt of approximately R70 million. He has also been instrumental in the settlement of a number of construction disputes, a field in which he has also served as both Arbitrator and Adjudicator. Michele also delivers a module to students of the Association of Arbitrators’ Certification course, and has lectured to attendees of the University of Pretoria’s adjudication programme.

Michele is married to Deborah, an attorney, and they have twins in primary school. When not spending time with his family, Michele can be found on the golf course. He emigrated to the UK in March 2017.

Adriaan Reyneke

Adriaan Reyneke

Adriaan graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2009 having obtained his BCom Law and LLB degrees. After completing articles of clerkship as a candidate attorney with a top-drawer firm of attorneys in Pretoria, he was called to the Johannesburg Bar, joining Maisels Group in 2011.

Adriaan has completed a certificate course in Mining and Prospecting Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, as well a short course on the Consumer Protection Act at the University of Pretoria. With a predominantly commercial practice, Adriaan specifically focuses on banking, insolvency, property and contractual matters.

He is married to Samantha, a practising attorney. They are the proud parents of Taliah, their first baby, born in February 2017. Adriaan enjoys playing the guitar, hiking, golf, travelling, and spending time with friends and family.

Aimee-Louise van Dyk

Aimée has been actively involved in litigation since 2007. In 2010 she was awarded the Certificate in Advanced Company Law from the Nelson Mandela Institute of Law (in association with Wits University). At this time, Aimée practised as an attorney, where she was the Head of the Banking, General Litigation and Commercial Recoveries Department at one of the largest firms in South Africa, and represented all four major South African Banks.

Aimee joined the Johannesburg Bar in December 2012. She has built a well-rounded practice with emphasis on Company Law, Insolvency, Banking, Contractual and Insurance litigation. Shortly before going to publication, Aimee left the Bar.

Aimée recently married Stéfano, a businessman specialising in logistics and procurement. An avowed music enthusiast, she regrets the ongoing failure to find sufficient time to play her guitar(s) at least, that is, sufficiently often to qualify (she says) as a muso.

Prince Michael Verveen

Prince Michael Verveen

Before joining the Johannesburg Bar in 2011, Prince worked for several years at Coca Cola Fortune. He headed up the Industrial Relations portfolio, and was also its Legal Adviser and Human Resources Manager. During his tenure at Coca Cola Fortune, Prince was involved in over 50 cases at the CCMA, Labour Court and Competition Commission. Prince also undertook articles and was integrally involved in municipal auditing and compliance.

At the Bar, Prince is a member of Maisels Group. His areas of practice include labour law, dispute resolution, company law, municipal law and property law, and he appears regularly in the High Court and Labour Court. He has also appeared in the Constitutional Court as a junior counsel.

In his spare time, Prince enjoys watching and participating in sport – with a particular interest in sports cars.

Sue van Niekerk

Sue van Niekerk

Before joining the Johannesburg Bar in 2013, amongst other things, Sue spent 10 years as a prosecutor at all levels of the prosecution services. In her last four years there she was a Senior State Advocate in the Directorate of Special Operations (Scorpions), where she was involved in the investigation and prosecution of complex commercial and organised crime. Sue has also served as legal adviser to the National Credit Regulator on credit law, the National Credit Act, enforcement, procurement, service agreements and labour matters. As a member of Maisels Group, Sue’s practice as an advocate remains in these fields.

Married to Gerhard, a family doctor in private practice, Sue also runs a small guest house in Irene. They have two sons. Lucas is completing his LL.B at Stellenbosch University and will be articled to a leading Johannesburg firm from 2017, and Timothy is currently completing his Masters in Agricultural Sciences (Urban Farming) at Wageningen University in Holland.

Manilla Freed

Manilla Freed

Manilla joined Maisels Group in 2014 after a number of years with a top Johannesburg firm of attorneys. She has a particular interest in both corporeal and incorporeal property law. Currently reading for a Master’s degree in Intellectual Property, her practice as an advocate is divided between this area (with emphasis on trade marks, copyright, designs, confidential information, unlawful competition, and restraints of trade) and town planning, sectional titles, evictions, environmental law, mineral law, property valuation, and provincial and local governance.

Manilla is an accomplished saxophonist and, as a student, won gold medals in national performer competitions and was awarded a place on Unisa’s honorary roll for exceptional achievements for an aggregate of more than 90% in her Grade 7 exam. She has played in the semipro (light) jazz band FivePlay, and also undertakes solo and accompanied engagements. She also enjoys painting, cooking and experiencing and visiting as many different cultures and countries as her schedule allows. Manilla is married to Mark, who works in the Principal Market Development Department of Anglo American Platinum.