Great service, great results

Online since 5.09.2017 • Filed under Legal • From Issue 6 - September 2017 - February 2018 page(s) 55-57
Great service, great results

At Myers Attorneys, professional legal services are specifically tailored to clients’ needs and are delivered in a refreshingly friendly way. Emma Dawson talks to the company’s founder and senior partner, Caryn Myers, about her firm’s commitment to being ‘small enough to care and big enough to make a difference’.

For as long as she can remember, Caryn Myers wanted to be a lawyer and completing her BA and Honours in Political Science at the University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg), and later her LLB at UNISA, came naturally to her. She commenced her articles in 2003 and was admitted as an attorney in 2005.

In 2006, Caryn launched Oriole Consulting to focus on compliance consulting – BBBEE, employment equity, skills development, labour and corporate governance.

However, as her clients discovered that she was a lawyer, demand for her legal services escalated. ‘In 2009, I opened Myers Attorneys to service the needs of these clients,’ she explains. ‘Today Oriole Consulting and Myers Attorneys operate independently of each other but their synergy makes it perfect for referrals where appropriate. I run both companies but have two amazing women who run the day to day operations in each – Natalie Grundlingh at Oriole and Giuseppina Amore at Myers Attorneys,’ Caryn enthuses. ‘From a day-to-day perspective I run the commercial department at Myers Attorneys and compliance relating to corporate governance and some BBBEE work at Oriole.’

Consultation and collaboration

Caryn has a passion for delivering innovative tailor-made services by finding the right solution for her clients through consultation and collaboration. She delivers her best work when she’s able to develop and share strategic and effective solutions with her clients by anticipating challenges in today’s constantly evolving regulatory and business environment. Caryn specialises in commercial law and consults across the board within the arena of commercial, compliance and empowerment law.

Heading up the day-to-day operations at Myers Attorneys, Giuseppina completed her BA and LLB degrees at Wits University before taking a gap year to study full-time at Wits for a Diploma in translations from/ to English, Italian and French. She was admitted as an attorney in 1996, as a conveyancer in 1999, and as a notary in 2001. Dealing with clients varying needs and requirements is one of the aspects of her work that Giuseppina particularly enjoys; and her significant experience provides her talent for presenting appropriate services suited to those needs.

It starts with great service and ends with results

Based in Johannesburg, Myers Attorneys is a client orientated law firm that offers presence, professionalism and expertise to all its clients. And, percolating throughout the firm is the team’s proudly maintained vision of ‘small enough to care, big enough to make a difference’.

‘Our approach to professionalism and service excellence is based on the highest possible standards of integrity, mutual respect and dedication in everything we do for our clients,’ Caryn insists. ‘What’s more, we draw on the strengths of the knowledgeable and skilled individuals who represent a variety of viewpoints and experiences within our team,’ she adds. Backed by the talent, long-term commitment and support of its staff, the team at Myers Attorneys is committed to understanding and meeting clients’ needs with timely, innovative and relevant advice.

Commercial consultancy services

South Africa has a well-developed and formally regulated company law regime, and all South African businesses are governed by the New Companies Act No 71 of 2008 that has been modernised and brought into line with international best practices. In particular, this applies to public companies, communications and corporate governance.

It is also harmonised with other South African legislation, such as the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) and the Electronic Communications and Transactions (ECT) Act. ‘We have a thorough working knowledge of the legal implications of the New Companies Act and are able to assist clients with the formation of commercial contracts, as well as dispute resolution, agreement structuring (association, joint venture, non-disclosure, shareholders), policy documents, mergers, acquisitions and most other areas of commercial and corporate law,’ says Caryn.

‘We also have the expertise to assist with new company registrations, directors’ resignations and appointments, name changes, corporate governance and compliance, and company structures. And, in a world where information abuse and exploitation is rampant, we provide clarity and assist with developing solutions in line with the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act, which includes staff training, POPI audits and compliance.’

Conveyancing and notarial services

Immovable property transactions are involved and complicated. Special knowledge and skills are required to accomplish a successful transfer and the entire conveyancing process hinges on the competency of the conveyancer. ‘We combine our knowledge of real estate with our expertise in the deeds registry process, sectional title process, property law, corporate law, family law, insolvency law, and the law relating to the administration of deceased estates to provide clients with specialised professional services,’ notes Caryn.

Certain contracts and transactions may only be prepared and signed by a notary, and Myers Attorneys offers notarial services that include drafting and registering antenuptial contracts, bonds over movable property, servitudes, leases and cessions, as well as the authentication of documents.

Labour law and dispute resolution

Absence of a written contract of employment by the first day of employment is not only in violation of The Basic Conditions of Employment Act but could also severely compromise an employer’s position in a labour dispute. The most effective contract of employment will satisfy both employer and employee and the lawyers at Myers Attorneys are able to determine a balance to keep both sides satisfied while retaining a flexibility that will support the organisation’s growth in the future.

In addition to labour law, Myers Attorneys also assists with executive, standard, fixed-term and temporary employment agreements; restraint of trade and confidentiality agreements; and independent contractor agreements and letters of employment. When it comes to dispute resolution, Myers Attorneys’ labour law specialists represent clients in labour court, provide guidance and valuable advice to employers and employees faced with labour disputes, and recommend an approach during these processes and advise on what to expect.

Litigation

‘Our litigation team is committed to providing accurate advice to further the interests of our broad spectrum of clients with a view to delivering service in a speedy manner with a willing approach, always striving to bring matters to conclusion in the most cost- and time-effective manner possible,’ Caryn maintains. ‘The approach of the litigation department allows our professionals to incorporate creative and out-of-the-box problem solving techniques that ensures tailored services, among which are civil litigation matters, debt collection, breach of contract, evictions, insolvency, and commercial litigation.’

Trusts

Creating a trust is a popular estate planning strategy in which the founder donates assets to a trust that is held and administered by a nominated trustee for the benefit of a third-party beneficiary. However, when contemplating the establishment of a trust, it is imperative that the correct type of trust is identified to avoid incurring unnecessary or excessive costs. Myers Attorneys is highly competent in the establishment and administration of trusts and provides clients with the best solution based on their intentions and objectives.

Personal and family services

Myers Attorneys provides clients with fast, reliable and easy to understand estate administration solutions. It offers clients professionally-drafted wills that facilitate the smooth and efficient winding up of an estate in the event of a debilitating accident or death. Myers Attorneys also offers a simple online form that clients can complete to initiate the drafting of a will.

When tying the knot, Myers Attorneys offers antenuptial contracts that give both parties confidence in the contract. The firm’s qualified professionals assist couples to find solutions and settle financial disagreements, and where appropriate recommends qualified professional counsellors/mediators to negotiate an out-of-court settlement in the event of divorce. ‘Importantly, we strive to bring the divorce process to finality as soon as possible and believe that a speedy resolution is best in these family matters.’

Where children are involved, Myers Attorneys provides in-depth legal advice according to its client’s specific circumstances. This includes child support, contact with children, children’s care and custody.

Grounded in ethics

Myers Attorneys’ ethics are beautifully summed up by the words of Frankin D Roosevelt: ‘The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena – whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who is best if he wins, knows the thrills of high achievement, and if he fails at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.’

Myers Attorneys
T    +27 11 346 2422
W    www.myersattorneys.co.za

Issue 6 - September 2017 - February 2018

Issue 6 - September 2017 - February 2018

This article was featured on page 55-57 of SABI Magazine Issue 6 - September 2017 - February 2018 .

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