Synergy Advocates Group

Synergy Advocates is a group of independent and specialist advocates providing advocacy and specialist legal services across a wide range of areas of the law.

The multidisciplinary expertise within Synergy Advocates Group enables it to deal with a variety of legal matters, including those of a complex nature and bridging a number of areas of the law.

We invite instructions in court cases and advisory work in all jurisdictions around South Africa. The members of Synergy Advocates Group are capable of dealing with instructions on an urgent basis, to provide telephonic and/or electronic advice as well as draft court processes at short notice.

In striving to meet our clients’ best interests, Synergy Advocates Group offers its instructing attorneys and clients independent advocacy and legal advice of an excellent quality.

Synergy Advocates Group

Synergy Advocates is a group of independent and specialist advocates providing advocacy and specialist legal services across a wide range of areas of the law.

The multidisciplinary expertise within Synergy Advocates Group enables it to deal with a variety of legal matters, including those of a complex nature and bridging a number of areas of the law.

We invite instructions in court cases and advisory work in all jurisdictions around South Africa. The members of Synergy Advocates Group are capable of dealing with instructions on an urgent basis, to provide telephonic and/or electronic advice as well as draft court processes at short notice.

In striving to meet our clients’ best interests, Synergy Advocates Group offers its instructing attorneys and clients independent advocacy and legal advice of an excellent quality.

The members of Synergy Advocates Group specialise and practise in the fields of:

  • Arbitration, dispute resolution and mediation
  • Administrative law

  • Banking and financial law

  • Civil litigation

  • Commercial law

  • Company law

  • Competition law

  • Contractual law

  • Corporate governance
  • Criminal law

  • Curatorships

  • Family and Matrimonial law

  • Insolvency law

  • Labour law

  • Law of delict

  • Medical negligence and malpractise
  • Outdoor advertising
  • Personal injury

  • Property law

The members of Synergy Advocates Group specialise and practise in the fields of:

  • Arbitration, dispute resolution and mediation
  • Administrative law

  • Banking and financial law

  • Civil litigation

  • Commercial law

  • Company law

  • Competition law

  • Contractual law

  • Corporate governance
  • Criminal law

  • Curatorships

  • Family and Matrimonial law

  • Insolvency law

  • Labour law

  • Law of delict

  • Medical negligence and malpractise
  • Outdoor advertising
  • Personal injury

  • Property law

Adv Koos van Vuuren SC

+27 (0) 82 701 4156

Focus areas: Koos was admitted as Advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 1975 and was granted Silk in 2003.

He has extensive and wide ranging experience in criminal law.

Qualifications:

Adv Sita Kolbé SC

+27 (0) 83 325 7451

Focus areas: Sita started practice at the Johannesburg Bar in 1981 She has been Senior Counsel for more than 10 years and is a criminal law specialist.

She has acted as a judge in the Gauteng Division, Johannesburg on numerous occasions.

Sita was the judge in the so-called Sunday rapist matter.

Qualifications:

Adv HB Marais SC

+27 (0) 83 441 5429

Focus areas: General practice, excluding criminal and labour law

Qualifications: 

  • B.Com LL.B (RAU) Awarded Silk in 2009

HB Marais is an advocate and founding member of Innovation Legal. He has practised as an advocate at the Johannesburg Bar since 1982 in wide ranging fields of law. He has often acted as a judge and sat as an arbitrator. Moreover, he has appeared pro bono in a number of public interest matters.

He is of the view that, by reason of a combination of the benefit of technological advances and the restrictions brought about by the covid pandemic, the manner in which law is practised has and will continue to evolve rapidly – this is the time for innovation, he shouts!

He accepts the role as one of the leaders and co-ordinators, who are to ensure a well-balanced collection of like minded practitioners, who, in turn, would be able to outmanoeuvre the field in the best interest of their clients, their attorneys and themselves, alike.

Adv Terry-Lynne Killops

+27 (0) 82 852 3002

Focus areas: Family & Matrimonial Law, Mediation, Children, Civil litigation, Curatorship, Contract

Qualifications: 

  • BA (WITS), LLB (RAU)

Terry-Lynne Killops is an advocate involved in High Court and Lower Court litigation, including inter alia Regional Court, Children’s Court and Maintenance Court. She has served as Acting Judge in the South Gauteng High Court on various occasions and was appointed as an Expert in Family Law for Divorce in Australia.

Advocate Killops has sat as Commissioner of the Small Claims Court since 2014, is a trained Mediator, and was appointed a mentor by the South African Charter of International Association of Women Judges Mentorship Program (2018 to 2020).

Whilst studying LLB, she managed litigation for a Construction and Earthworks company. She has also appeared as a radio guest presenter on various topics of Family Law.

Advocate Killops believes that the Innovation Legal model epitomises the progressive trend to providing suitable latitude when dealing with clients, attorneys, and the Courts. It is aligned with the modern legal environment shaped by the launch of CaseLines.

The shift from in person consultation to online, underscores this break from tradition and makes the Counsel immediately accessible. Clients and witnesses, no matter where they are, get the same level of service as an in-person consultation, but without the cost of travel. Judges have already heard evidence via video link, and the Innovation Legal model expands on this trend.

Adv Tanya Eichner-Visser

+27 (0) 82 743 2746

Focus areas: Matrimonial law, Commercial law, Curatorships

Qualifications: 

  • B.Iuris LLB ( Unisa)

Tanya Eichner-Visser worked as a cabin attendant for SAA International while studying. Before that she obtained a National Diploma in Communications and working in marketing.

She is qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales. Tanya also presented 4 years in a row at the annual Clarks Law conference specifically on the latest developments in case law.

She Selected to attended a judicial training course and has Acted as a Judge in the Gauteng division.

Advocate Eichner-Visser represented clients in the capacity as junior counsel with Senior counsel on several occasions, earning her red bag.

Adv Ettian Raubenheimer

+27 (0) 82 571 5194

Focus areas: Litigation, Alternative Dispute resolution, Commercial Law, Financial Law, Labour Law

Qualifications:

  • BLC (UP)
  • LLB (Unisa)
  • LLM (Unisa)
  • MBA (Newport)

Ettian Raubenheimer has practised as an Advocate for fifteen years, and before that he was an attorney and notary public. He has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution modes, especially in mediation and arbitration.

He has international experience in the development of contractual frameworks for telecommunications and commodities operations, as well as compiling peace and reconciliation frameworks for regional governments.

Another area of expertise is in restructuring of corporate board functioning, corporate governance, director induction and creation of governance frameworks for various companies. He is a Member of the Executive Management Team of various companies and training institutions.

Ettian has comprehensive training experience in the development and implementation of internationally benchmarked curricula, has lectured at tertiary level, and carried out corporate training as a facilitator and accredited assessor and moderator.

In his opinion, the legal sector is now in a disruptive phase that could last for a couple of years, after which it will enter a consolidation phase during which the practice of law will substantially change.

Innovation Legal is at the forefront of this disruptive phase with its innovative and effective approach to the provision of legal services and the access thereto.

Adv Shawn Meyer

+27 (0) 82 902 4434

Focus areas: Medical Negligence, Personal Injury, Corporate Governance, Training of experts for ethical CPD points, Practice Management as a Consultant

Qualifications: 

  • BProc (RAU),
  • LLB (UJ),
  • Mediation Certificate in Medical Negligence (UCT, through MiM)

Shawn Meyer is an Advocate and trained medical negligence mediator. He was selected for the advanced advocacy training program in 2017. His work ethic is grounded in fairness and equality, and getting the best possible and ethical outcome for a client.

He has acted for both plaintiff and defendant firms, although most of his work was for defendants, defending companies and acting for the insured.

Before the formation of Innovation Legal, Shawn had a senior position in the litigation department of a Government institution. Prior to that, he was a senior litigation attorney specialising in all injury claims at a defendant law firm.

Shawn’s opinion is that the legal sector is moving away from the adversarial basis to a more inclusive and hospitable, friendly solution-driven basis. Mediation and arbitration will largely displace litigation, with mediation being more widely used than arbitration.

As a Director of Innovation Legal, Shawn is committed to delivering exception and innovative legal counsel to his clients.

Adv Charleen de la Hunt

+27 (0) 72 724 9885

Focus areas: General practice, including Arbitration, Civil Litigation, Commercial Law, Company and Insolvency Law. Outdoor Advertising. Labour Law. Drafting expert

Qualifications:

  • LL.B University of Johannesburg

Charleen de la Hunt started practicing as Advocate at the Johannesburg Bar in 2008. She is a co-founder of Innovation Legal. She firmly believes that the practice of Law, when done effectively, is as much an art as a skill.

She does not believe that the legal sector is necessarily evolving; but rather that those who needed the Law in the past, but were denied it, are finally given access to the Law. She feels that the Law is meant to serve and exist for the people; not the people for the Law, and she wants to help breach that gap.

Charleen believes Innovation Legal was created because too many rules stifled innovation. They strive to minimize the boundaries that prevent or limit access to legal assistance and services.

Their aim is not merely to assist and/or resolve a client’s legal predicament, it is also to educate those in need to be prepared for future legal battles of the same nature. Innovation Legal will meet those who need their assistance halfway, as opposed to expecting them to make the entire journey by themselves.

Adv Shaun McTurk

+27 (0) 83 256 5561

Focus areas: Property Law (Body Corporate, Homeowners Associations and Commercial Leases), Consumer Law (Motor Car Dealerships), Commercial and Contractual litigation, Insolvency Law, Family Law and general litigation.

Qualifications:

  • BCom Business Management (Potchefstroom University),
  • LLB (North West University)
  • Practiced as Attorney: 2010
  • Admitted as Advocate: 2011
I have appeared in various Magistrates Courts and High Courts in South Africa, the National Consumer Tribunal and Supreme Court of Appeal.

Notable matters:

  1. Stenersen and Tulleken Administration CC v Linton Park Body Corporate and Another (A3034/2018) [2019] ZAGPJHC 387; 2020 (1) SA 651 (GJ) (24 October 2019)
  2. Motus Corporation (Pty) Ltd and Another v Wentzel (1272/2019) [2021] ZASCA 40; [2021] 3 All SA 98 (SCA) (13 April 2021)
  3. Corub Property (Pty) Ltd v Barbuzano (427/2022) [2023] ZASCA 89 (8 June 2023)
  4. Naicker v Hyundai Automotive South Africa t-a Hyundai Umhlanga (NCT/219112/2022/75(1)(b)) [2022] ZANCT 64 (20 December 2022)
  5. Sahadeo v Hyundai Automotive South Africa (Pty) Ltd T/A Hyundai Ethekwini (NCT/178924/2021/75(1)(b)) [2022] ZANCT 58 (28 October 2022)
  6. C[….] v C[….] (A3008/2020) [2021] ZAGPJHC 582 (22 September 2021)
  7. Body Corporate of Le Grande Bernard Sectional Scheme v Van Der Linde (A3043/2021) [2022] ZAGPJHC 16 (25 January 2022)

Adv Tertius Steyn

+27 (0) 82 922 9120

Focus areas: General civil and labour law litigation practice

Qualifications:

  • LL.B (RAU),
  • Advanced Mediation Certificate (UCT Law @ Work)