Shelley Mackay-Davidson

Director & Founder

EXPERIENCE

Shelley values the personal touch and understanding her clients’ needs and expectations. With her practical approach and insight gained from her extensive experience in corporate commercial and commercial property work, Shelley takes pride in giving a value-add service.  She acts for a diverse range of clients, from individuals and small businesses to listed companies. Shelley’s work experience includes mergers and acquisitions, company set-up, company, business, property and transaction structuring and agreements, joint ventures, contract negotiation, drafting and due diligences.

Before establishing Brevity Law in 2013, Shelley was a director at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs in its Corporate Commercial department.

Shelley has been recognised for 4 consecutive years as a leading lawyer by the reputable rating agency Best Lawyers 2014 –2017 Mergers and Acquisitions (South Africa).

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

BA LLB (University of Cape Town)
Admitted in 1991 as an attorney, conveyancer and notary of the High Court of South Africa
Postgraduate Diploma in Company Law (Stellenbosch University)
Certificate in IT and Internet Law (University of Cape Town)
ACDS/CEDR Accredited Mediator (Conflict Dynamics)

THE PERSON

During the day, a lawyer, whilst at night, Shelley enjoys the live music experience – not only as a fan of the vibrant live music scene in Cape Town, but also as a bass guitarist in a blues rock band with the Johnny Ray blues band.

CONTACT DETAILS

E-mail: shelley@brevitylaw.co.za

Juliette Thirsk

Director & Founder

EXPERIENCE

Juliette is passionate about using the mechanics of commercial law and drafting to realise her clients’ business objectives. She specialises in implementing corporate, business and property related sales and acquisitions and company setups. She has a special interest in assisting fledgling, dynamic start-ups in structuring their good ideas into commercial reality, assisting both the entrepreneur and investor in venture capital and angel investment transactions.

Before establishing Brevity Law in 2013, Juliette was an associate at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs in the Corporate Commercial department for 3 years, having completed her articles at Bowman Gilfillan.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

LLB (University of Cape Town)
Admitted in 2011 as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa
ACDS/CEDR Accredited Mediator (Conflict Dynamics)

THE PERSON

When not walking her 2 rescue dogs on the beach, and simultaneously suffering from a general compassion fatigue in wanting to adopt all of the shelter dogs and cats in Cape Town, Juliette enjoys an appreciation for fine food and wine, and spending time with her family. Good conversation over a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon constitutes a perfect evening for Juliette. Life is about balance, however, and Juliette does enjoy throwing a bar bell around a CrossFit gym, and is proud of being able to deadlift at least twice her body weight.

CONTACT DETAILS

E-mail: juliette@brevitylaw.co.za

Nuraan Ismail

Nuraan Ismail

Paralegal & Office Manager

BACKGROUND

Nuraan joined Shelley and Juliette from the conception of Brevity Law in 2013. Before that she was a secretary and paralegal at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs in its Corporate Commercial department.

EXPERIENCE

Nuraan has extensive experience in legal environments having worked for lawyers for 19 years – of which 15 years have been spent with Shelley! She enjoys the diversity of her role at Brevity including keeping everyone smiling, drafting correspondence and documents, handling client queries and managing the efficient running of the office.

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

Matric

Legal Bookkeeping through LEAD, completed in 2015

THE PERSON

Nuraan is very family-orientated and has seven (!) children (PS. this tally doesn’t even include her hubby) to keep her hands full when she is not looking after everyone at Brevity Law.

CONTACT DETAILS

E-mail: nuraan@brevitylaw.co.za

Riaan Marinus

Associate

EXPERIENCE

Currently an associate at Brevity Law, Riaan aspires to specialise in merger and acquisitions and corporate restructuring. Riaan is a firm believer in the principles of contract law and uses these principles to draft clear, concise and practical agreements to put into effect a client’s vision for their business, whilst at the same time always ensuring that the legalese is valid, enforceable, up to date with developments in our law. Riaan works closely with clients from start to signing and all the way through to full implementation of a transaction.

Before joining Brevity Law, Riaan was a candidate attorney at Bowman Gilfillan, spending time in the Litigation, Employment, Banking and Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions departments.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

LLB (University of the Western Cape)

THE PERSON

Riaan comes from the small coastal town of Kleinmond. Riaan is passionate about helping develop and uplift the vulnerable in the community and is involved in various community projects. On weekends he plays rugby for the local club, when he is not hiking the mountain trails or taking a swim in the sea.

CONTACT DETAILS

E-mail: riaan@brevitylaw.co.za

Candice Dayton

Candidate Attorney

EXPERIENCE

Candice’s academic journey began with a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Cape Town majoring in Political Science and Gender Studies, during which time she developed a deep fascination of the South African legal system. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, she then went on to study an LLB through the University of the Free State. In 2017 she completed the full-time practical legal training course offered by the Cape Town School for Legal Practice. Candice enjoys problem solving, commercial drafting and assisting start-ups in establishing, managing and growing their business.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

BSoc Sci (University of Cape Town)
LLB (University of the Free State)

THE PERSON

Candice is a full-time candidate attorney and part-time oenophile, who just made it all the way back from a wine harvest on the central coast of California, to become a proud member of the Brevity Law team in 2018. When she is not swimming in paperwork (or fine Pinot Noir) this closet film critic can almost definitely be found at Cape Town’s Labia Theatre, glued to the screen.

CONTACT DETAILS

E-mail: candice@brevitylaw.co.za