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 is recognised as a leading lawyer by the reputable rating agency Best Lawyers 2014 – 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

Cell No: +27 82 650 7258

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 ENS (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

Juliette is an avid rugby union fan. From the local derbies of the Currie Cup to the spectacle of the Six Nations further afield, weekend afternoons spent watching the game with a beer in hand is one of Juliette’s favourite past-times. If Juliette was not a lawyer, her idea of a dream career would be as a broadcast journalist for Sky Sports.

CONTACT DETAILS

Cell No: +27 74 117 5392

E-mail: juliette@brevitylaw.co.za

Lauren Coetzee

Associate

EXPERIENCE

Before joining Brevity Law in 2015, Lauren completed her articles at Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa where she received diverse training in commercial, competition, employment, litigation and dispute resolution matters.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

BA LLB (Rhodes University) ▪ Admitted in 2015 as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa 

THE PERSON

Lauren is passionate about giving back to the community and has a soft spot for children with special needs. She enjoys drinking wine and reading a good book (sometimes simultaneously). Lauren is a sports enthusiast and has recently developed an unexpected love for running.

CONTACT DETAILS

Cell No: +27 71 897 9796

E-mail: lauren@brevitylaw.co.za

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 16 years. Nuraan enjoys the diversity of her role at Brevity including keeping everyone smiling, making great coffee, 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

Enrolled to complete LLB through UNISA, commenced 2016

THE PERSON

Nuraan is married and has five children to keep her hands full when she is not looking after everyone at Brevity Law.

CONTACT DETAILS

Cell No: +27 72 544 2502

E-mail: nuraan@brevitylaw.co.za