Leigh-Anne commenced her articles of clerkship at Van Hulsteyns in January 2016. She was a student at the University of Pretoria, where she graduated with BCom Law and LLB degrees, both of which she completed with distinction. Leigh-Anne was admitted as an Attorney and Notary Public in May 2018.
Leigh-Anne’s focus is predominantly High Court commercial litigation and is presently involved in several multi-million and billion Rand suits.
Leigh-Anne also focuses on the drafting of commercial contracts and agreements, providing research and legal opinions in various fields of company and commercial law as well as tax implications of certain commercial transactions, insolvency practice and all litigation proceedings leading up to, and including, sales in execution
Leigh-Anne has assisted in the management of the foreclosure department, and drafts all legal documents from inception to sale in execution stage, including S129 letters, letters of demand, particulars of claim, applications and affidavits, warrants of execution in respect of both moveable and immovable property and the relevant sale documents required for a sale in execution. In addition hereto, Leigh-Anne drafts papers in general litigious matters including PIE applications, divorce actions, debt collection, curatorship applications, PAIA applications, Abduction of a minor child applications, in terms where both countries were signatories of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction as well as where a country was not a signatory to the aforementioned Convention, De Benne Esse applications which includes drafting Letters of Request in terms of the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters in various foreign jurisdictions including the United States of America, England, Australia and Jersey and ultimately engages in general commercial litigation as a whole.
Leigh-Anne actively engages with counsel in matters which she runs, by briefing and consulting counsel and attending hearings and trials.
Leigh-Anne has drafted a due diligence report for a major merger agreement (worth in excess of R250 million), as well as a wide range of agreements, including memorandums of association, service contracts, sale and lease agreements, directorship contracts, indemnities, resolutions, sale of share agreements and general share agreements.
Leigh-Anne is currently majorly involved in the prosecution of a multi-billion Rand claim for damages arising from large scale share thefts perpetrated in the early 2000’s, a multi-billion Rand minority shareholder oppression application and a De Benne Esse application to conduct a trial in foreign jurisdictions via video conference link, one of the first of its kind in South Africa.
Leigh-Anne, as a Notary Public, is also actively involved in the drafting of various Notarial documents including Antenuptial Contracts, Apostilles and long-term lease of land agreements.
- Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Pretoria – Cum laude
- Bachelor of Commerce (BCom Law), University of Pretoria – Cum laude
- Member of the Law Society of South Africa
- Notary Public
- Randgold & Exploration Company Limited and Another v Gold Fields Operations Limited (case number: 2008/27627);
- Smyth and Others v Investec Bank Ltd and Another 2018 (1) SA 494 (SCA)