SONA February 2019

Highlights from the SONA Budget Speech:

- No changes to personal Tax

- Introduction of Gambling Tax

- No Change to the 15% VAT rate


JONATHAN McINERNEY

JONATHAN McINERNEY
Candidate Attorney

QUALIFICATIONS



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ROBYN VILJOEN

ROBYN VILJOEN
Office Administration & Client Liaison

Robyn joined Christodoulou & Mavrikis Inc. during 1998 as a junior secretary. She was tasked with handling all matters pertaining not only to office administration but also client liaison as well as general secretarial work. Her patience and excellent communication skills have enabled her to maintain a good rapport with both clients, professional staff within the firm as well as professional and non-professional staff within the legal community. Through the years, Robyn has attended numerous paralegal courses and has acquired invaluable experience both in litigation and general practice alike. Robyn remains an invaluable source of assistance for both junior and senior staff alike and she is the current office manager of the firm.


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ROBERT A BRADY (Bobby)

ROBERT A BRADY (Bobby)
Consultant

HISTORY

Bobby is a registered non-practicing Attorney with the Law Society of the Northern Provinces. He initially started his career as a Public Prosecutor, and in 1970 was admitted as an Attorney, Notary Public and Conveyancer. He practiced as an Attorney for 35 years, three of which were in Durban and the balance in Klerksdorp. He moved to Johannesburg in September 2005 to join Rand Leases Properties (Pty) Ltd as Head of Legal Services and was responsible for a number of commercial matters on behalf of the company, until his formal retirement in September 2010. Since then, he acted on a part-time basis as legal/commercial consultant to William Tell Holdings Ltd and South Ridge Properties (Pty) Ltd.

Bobby joined Christodoulou & Mavrikis Inc. in 2017 as a Consultant and is actively involved in planning the strategic direction of the firm, mentoring and encouraging the broader legal education of the professional staff and advising on legal matters from time to time.

Whilst in Klerksdorp, Bobby was a founding partner of the legal practice known as Waks & Brady Inc., consisting of seven directors and several lawyers. Specialist fields covered by Bobby during this time included Business Law, Estate Planning, Dispute Resolution, Property Law, Local Government Law, Notarial Services, and Mining & Minerals.

Bobby has been involved in numerous philanthropic activities during his time in Klerksdorp and since relocating to Johannesburg he has become an integral member of the local community by becoming involved with the Body Corporate in his residence; developing pre-school facilities in township (ASHA); Food Gardening; and a member of the Parish Pastoral Council of the Rosebank Catholic Church;

At the age of 71 Bobby is a regular squash and tennis player. He is married to Margaret and they have four children and six grandchildren.


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ANTONIA HARRISON

ANTONIA HARRISON
Associate

QUALIFICATIONS
B.Com. LL.B. (cum laude) (University of the Witwatersrand).


HISTORY

Antonia was admitted as an Attorney in April 2017 having first served as a Candidate Attorney with the firm from 2015. She completed her B.Com. LL.B. (cum laude) in 2014 at the University of the Witwatersrand where she achieved a Certificate of Merit in the Law of Delict, was on the Dean’s List for the years 2013 and 2014 and was awarded the Bowman Gilfillan Award for Insurance Law. She spent a year in the Family Law Department at the Wits Law Clinic, rendering legal services and assistance to the poor and marginalised communities within the Johannesburg region.

Antonia is involved in all aspects of litigation and has appeared in the Magistrates Courts and, together with Counsel, in various High Court and Labour Court matters. Antonia has further assisted as a Correspondent Attorney in numerous high-profile Constitutional Court matters for the official opposition in Parliament, banks and other institutional clients.

Antonia’s experience, includes advising clients on litigious matters involving commercial agreements, restraints of trade, eviction proceedings, property matters, labour matters in the CCMA and Labour Court (acting for both the employee and the employer), and in insolvency and liquidation matters. Antonia also drafts and advises clients on most forms of commercial contracts.

She is the co-author together with Chris Christodoulou of the South African Chapter of the ICLG Legal Guide to Aviation Law (2017) and has been involved in advising on aircraft repossessions, lease arrangements, aircraft management agreements and recently attended the AERIAL 2017 Training & Development Conference on Aviation Leasing & Finance aspects.


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THEMIS LIAKOPOULOS

THEMIS LIAKOPOULOS
Property Law; Family Law and Estates.

QUALIFICATIONS


HISTORY

Themis lived in Paris during the years 1977 to 1987 where he studied law at the University of Paris X, majoring in Commercial Law. After completing his studies, he worked in Paris as a legal consultant.

Themis returned to Greece in 1988 where he took over his father’s practice, a well known law firm in the centre of Athens.

Themis is a consultant to a number of multinational companies and is a member of the Greek-French Chamber of Commerce.


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ALEX PROTULIS

ALEX PROTULIS
DIRECTOR
Corporate and Commercial Law; Commercial Litigation and Franchise Law.

QUALIFICATIONS

LLB (Rand Afrikaans University); Postgraduate Certificate Course in Cyber Law (University of the Witwatersrand); Solicitor of England & Wales (non-practising)


HISTORY

Alex is a dual-qualified lawyer and is admitted in South Africa and England & Wales (non-practising).  He began his career as a Candidate Attorney at Christodoulou & Mavrikis Inc. in 2005 and upon being admitted in 2007, Alex moved to London to pursue his legal career in the United Kingdom.  During his time overseas, Alex undertook the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test and was admitted as a solicitor in 2009, and worked for renowned international law firms where he was involved in all aspects of regulatory and legal compliance issues.

Alex re-joined Christodoulou & Mavrikis Inc. in 2012 and now heads up our franchise law department where he represents various franchisors in the food and beverage industry.  He is actively involved in advising franchisors on the establishment of their franchises; drafting franchise agreements; advising on the Consumer Protection Act and how it effects franchise agreements; advising franchisors and franchisees in respect of franchise disputes and assisting clients with trade mark and intellectual property registrations.  Alex also contributed to the South African chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Franchise 2017, published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London (www.iclg.co.uk).

In addition, Alex assists in the firm’s commercial, litigation and cyber law departments where he acts for an array of clients in various business sectors.

MEMBERSHIPS:

  • Law Society of the Northern Provinces
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Franchise Association of South Africa


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GEORGE MAVRIKIS

GEORGE MAVRIKIS
DIRECTOR
Commercial Litigation; Corporate and Commercial Law; Telecommunications; Banking Law; Estates and Family Law.

QUALIFICATIONS
BA LLB (Wits)


HISTORY

George is admitted as an attorney in South Africa and has also successfully completed the English solicitors examination enabling him to advise on all aspects of English law. He is currently in charge of the Athens office of Christodoulou Mavrikis Inc. operating as Oracle Worldwide Legal Services, which provides professional legal assistance in various aspects of Greek and European law.

George has been an admitted attorney for 23 years having represented both individuals and corporations in civil and criminal proceedings. He also advises clients on all aspects of commercial law and has extensive experience in banking law, having represented one of the largest micro lending organizations in South Africa.

His extensive and varied experience has enabled him to become familiar with all aspects of international business transactions as well.
George is fluent in English, Greek and Afrikaans.


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CHRIS CHRISTODOULOU

CHRIS CHRISTODOULOU
DIRECTOR
Aviation Law and Corporate & Commercial Law.

QUALIFICATIONS
BA LLB (Wits); LLM in Air & Space Law (Kings College, University of London); Solicitor of England & Wales 1997 (non-practicing).


HISTORY

Chris was admitted as an attorney in 1991 and as a Solicitor of England & Wales in 1998. From 1997 to 1998, he worked in the London office of a respected English law firm in the company and commercial department. Chris then spent 3 years in Athens in association with a leading Greek firm dealing with international mergers and acquisitions and drafting international contracts.

Chris subsequently returned to South Africa and re-established the firm of Christodoulou & Mavrikis Inc. and subsequently opened an office in Athens 2004 with George Mavrikis. Chris practices mainly in the aviation field advising both local and international aviation clients, particularly on contractual issues and other aviation related work, including negotiation and drafting aircraft acquisition agreements, charter, lease and management agreements. The firm has represented aviation insurers, brokers and owners in a number of aviation claims.

Chris served as a non-executive Director of a local commercial airliner for more than seven years and chaired various sub committees. Chris is the contributor of the 2013 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to Aviation Law; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London (www.iclg.co.uk ) as well as the South African Chapter of the “International Commercial Debt Collection” (Ed. David Franklin) published by Thomson Carswell in 2007.

Chris was appointed by the Minister of Transport as a Member of the South African Civil Aviation Appeal Committee in 2017 for a three-year period


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