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Jose Manuel de Abreu

Jose Manuel de Abreu (BA LLB)

Founder and Managing Partner

Founder and managing partner, Jose obtained his BA LLB degree from the University of Cape Town. After doing his articles he was admitted as an attorney in 1991.

Speciality: Litigation and Corporate Law

Marie-Lou-Gillespie

Marie Lou Gillespie (BA LLB LLM)

Director & Head of Litigation

Our dynamic director is the head of the litigation department. An expert and experienced trial lawyer Marie-Lou attends to Matrimonial matters as well as Insolvency law including Liquidations.

Speciality: High Court and Magistrate’s Court Litigation

Jacques joined De Abreu & Cohen in 2003, he became a director during 2004. Mr van der Merwe completed his BProc degree at the University of Free State and was admitted as an attorney and conveyancer in 1997. He was admitted as a notary in 1998 and is specializing in the conveyancing field.

Speciality: Conveyancing

Talya obtained her LLB degree from the University of the Free State in 2016. Talya completed her articles of clerkship with the firm and was subsequently admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2019.

Speciality: Litigation

Estelle obtained her LLB degree from the University of Stellenbosch in 2013.  After completing her articles she was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2015 and admitted as a Conveyancer is 2017.  Estelle joined De Abreu & Cohen Inc in 2019.

Speciality: Conveyancing and Estate Administration

Lauren is an Associate and joined the firm in 2017. She specializes in property matters (sectional title and property owners’ associations), commercial and residential evictions, insolvency law as well as General Litigation.

Speciality: Property Law and General Litigation

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Laura Nicholson (LLB)

Attorney and Head of Conveyancing

Laura obtained her BSocSci LLB degree from the University of Cape Town in 2014 and joined De Abreu & Cohen Inc as a candidate attorney in 2015. Laura completed her articles of clerkship with the firm and was subsequently admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2017 and a conveyancer in 2019.

Laura heads the firm’s conveyancing and estates departments and also practises as an associate in the firm’s litigation department, specialising in divorces and related family law matters, as well as contractual and property law disputes in both the High and Magistrates’ courts. Laura has a keen interest in property law and assists clients with property law opinions, specifically in respect of sectional title developments.

Speciality: Conveyancing, Litigation, Family Law, Property Law, Contract Law

Shareefah Manuel (LLB)

Shareefah Manuel (LLB)

Professional Assistant

Shareefah obtained her LLB degree from the University of the Western Cape in 2012.  After completing her articles she was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2014.  Shareefah joined De Abreu & Cohen Inc in 2019.

Speciality: Professional Assistant in Conveyancing

Ayesha obtained her LLB degree from the University of the Western Cape in 2014 and thereafter completed her practical legal training at the University of Cape Town. In 2016, she completed her articles of clerkship and was subsequently admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa. Ayesha joined De Abreu & Cohen Inc. in 2019 where she practices as an Associate in the litigation department. She also has experience in estate planning and commercial related matters.

Ayesha is also passionate about family law matters and enjoys dealing with this aspect of the law as she is able to assist families in a meaningful way.

Speciality: Ligitation, Estate Planning, Commerical Law, Family Law

Christian is a Legal Advisor. He has experience in drafting agreements for a wide variety of commercial transactions. He received his LLB from the University of Cape Town and has been with the firm since 2016. In 2018 he completed his articles with the firm.

Speciality: Commercial Law and Trust matters

Carmelita Dos Ramos

Carmelita Dos Ramos

Candidate Attorney
Paulo De Abreu

Paulo de Abreu

Candidate Attorney
Marcel Gerber

Marcel Gerber

Candidate Attorney
Limia Essop

Limia Essop

Candidate Attorney