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About me

I am an Intellectual Property (IP) lawyer, specializing in trade mark, copyright and entertainment law. I have a passion for the arts and creative industries and assisting clients to grow their businesses through the effective management of their IP rights and assets.

My core practice areas include:

  • the development of brand protection and enforcement strategies in Africa and internationally;
  • copyright management, enforcement, licensing and related deal structuring; and
  • advising on government policy, and legislative and regulatory matters affecting the copyright industries and the online creative content distribution environment.

Key professional associations:

  • Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL); registered Trade Mark
    Practitioner, and a member of SAIIPL’s Copyright and International Treaties Committees.
  • Member of the Africa IP Group (Adams & Adams) which is focused on the development
    and implementation of business strategies for the African market. This involves travel to other African
    countries to engage with government officials on legislative and IP practice issues and to present at IP
    conferences hosted by WIPO, ARIPO and other organisations from time to time.

Trade Marks

  • Brand protection, enforcement, and commercialization.


  • Rights management and enforcement.
  • Deal structuring with respect to content production and commercialization.

Academic Record

  • LLB – University of South Africa | 2006
  • MCSE certification (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) | 1997
  • BA – Stellenbosch | 1994


  • Registered Trade Mark Practitioner| 2012
  • Admitted Attorney | 2009


  • Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Fellow
  • SAIIPL: Copyright Law Committee Member
  • SAIIPL: International Treaties Committee Member
  • Best Lawyers® – Intellectual Property Law: South Africa | 2024
  • WTR 1000 – Ranked “Recommended” in Prosecution and Strategy| 2022 – 2024

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