Samantha Lewis

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Samantha
Lewis

Sam has been with our firm since 2011 after she qualified with a LL B and LL M (cum laude) in 2010 and 2011 respectively from the University of the Western Cape.

She was admitted as an attorney of the Western Cape High Court with right of appearance in 2012 and has practiced as a specialised family law attorney for 10 years.

In addition to her vast experience in both Regional and High Court litigation (including attending to the appearances herself), Sam has a keen interest in and practical understanding of artificial reproductive technologies (“ART)” and the ever evolving legal conundrums that flow therefrom. Her experience in this regard includes but is not limited to the drafting and implementation of South African and cross-border surrogacy agreements as well as embryo donation.

She remains an ardent researcher and in addition to having written and presented many papers at our annual conference (of which she also assists in organising), she has also co-written and presented papers with Zenobia du Toit and Advocate Julia Anderssen of the Cape Bar. After their paper was published, Sam and Advocate Anderssen then presented their paper at a training workshop attended by Regional Court Magistrates in 2012.

Her paper titled “A synopsis of surrogacy agreements in South Africa” was published in the 2015 International Association of Family Lawyers Annual and her paper short titled” The importance of the genetic link” was published in the 2015 International Bar Association’s Annual Committee Newspaper.

Sam has also travelled extensively, both nationally and internationally, to attend conferences/workshops hosted by, including but not limited to, the International Surrogacy Forum, The Department of Social Development, the International Bar Association (of which she is a member) and the International Association of Family Lawyers.

samantha@mdtcinc.co.za


Liesl Fischer

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Liesl
Fischer

Liesl graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with an LL B degree in 2005.  During University she developed a special interest in and passion for Family Law.  Liesl completed the Practical Legal Training Course presented by UNISA, in conjunction with her articles which she commenced with Miller du Toit Cloete Inc in 2006. Liesl was admitted as an attorney of the Western Cape High Court in 2007.

Liesl co-presented a paper titled “African Charter on the Rights of Children” at the London Metropolitan University Summer School in 2011 and received her Certificate of Completion in this regard.

Liesl has practiced as a Senior Associate at Miller du Toit Cloete Inc and has over 12 years’ exclusive experience exclusively in Family Law and ancillary matters and currently runs the Paarl Office.

liesl@mdtcinc.co.za


Christel Beukes

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Christel
Beukes

Christel qualified with a B. Proc in 1999 and a  LL B in 2000 (both from the University of the Free State). She articled from 2001-2003 and was admitted as an attorney in 2003 in Bloemfontein and obtained her right of appearance in the Western Cape High Court in 2005.

Christel has practised as a specialist family law attorney since 2010.

christel@mdtcinc.co.za


Lorinda Venter

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Lorinda
Venter

Lorinda qualified with an LL B in 2005 from the University of Stellenbosch.

She was admitted as an attorney and obtained her right of appearance of the Western Cape High Court in December 2007.  Lorinda has also completed her South African Family Arbitration Training in 2016.

Previously having worked in a general litigation environment, and more specifically collections, Lorinda decided to change directions in 2015 when she joined the Miller du Toit team and has been practicing as a specialist family law attorney since then.

lorinda@mdtcinc.co.za

Lorinda is a member of the International Bar Association.


Yumna Mookrey

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Yumna
Mookrey

Yumna obtained her LLB degree in 1995 from the University of Cape Town. She is in the process of completing her LLM Degree at the University of the Western Cape, which she hopes to obtain at the end of 2021. 

She was admitted as an attorney of the Western Cape High Court in 1997. In 2004 she was admitted as a conveyancer. She joined Miller du Toit Cloete Inc in 2004 and has since specialized in family law.

Yumna has completed mediation training through FAMAC and participated in additional mediation training to hone her mediation skills.  

She has attended various international law conferences and presented papers internationally, including A Commentary on the draft Namibian Child Care and Protection Act (Windhoek, Namibia 2009) and Ante Nuptial contracts at the LAWASIA conference (Penang, Malaysia 2012).

yumna@mdtcinc.co.za


Sandra Van Staden

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Sandra
Van Staden

Sandra is a Director at Miller Du Toit Cloete Inc. She qualified with a B.Proc from the University of Port Elizabeth (now NMMU) and was admitted as an Attorney in 1994.

She was admitted as a Conveyancer in 1996 and followed this with her Notary Qualification and admission in 2005. Sandra has over 20 years of pure Family Law experience and has a particular interest in Financial Disputes, Antenuptial Contracts / Pre-Nuptial Agreements (both South African and International) and Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”).

As part of her ADR practice, Sandra also acts as Mediator in divorce matters. 

Sandra is a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) and has given presentations at International Conferences of the IAFL on the subject of Antenuptial Contracts (Sicily, Italy in 2015) and on a Comparative Law Study (Melbourne, Australia in 2019). She is also a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and was, until recently, a member of the Cape Law Society Family Law Committee on which she served for 14 years, inter alia commenting on draft legislation to the Law Commission of South Africa and has given presentations on behalf of the former Cape Law Society.

Sandra co-authored a publication which appeared in the International Comparative Legal Guides, Family Law 2020 publication, which is an online and hard copy publication. 

sandra@mdtcinc.co.za


Zenobia Du Toit

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Zenobia
Elizabeth du Toit

Zenobia obtained her B.A LLB from the University of Stellenbosch and was admitted as an Attorney in April 1982 and practiced as such to date.

She is a director of Miller du Toit Cloete Inc and has worked exclusively in family law, human rights and related constitutional law and commercial law issues from 1 April 1998 onwards.

Zenobia deals with matters from various jurisdictions.

She has presented various workshops and talks regarding family law matters, developing family law and gender equality, children’s rights and constitutional law aspects relating to family law.

She comments regularly on draft Bills relating to family law to Government, the Law Commission and to the relevant institutions in South Africa, inter alia relating to AAART, Children’s rights and responsibilities, matrimonial property law, ADR, civil union, cohabitation, muslim law, religious laws relating to family law, traditional law relating to family law matters, domestic violence, same sex unions, etc.

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She regularly presents papers and participates at international conferences inter alia:

  • “Representation of children” at the Commonwealth Association and Law Societies Conference, London (2006)
  • “Domestic and same sex relationships and children” at the International Bar Association Conference, Singapore (2007)
  • Workshops nationally on “Developments in Family Law and the new Children’s Act” (2007 & 2008) for LEAD and the Cape Law Society Family Law Committee
  • “Relocation – the Facts, the Law, the Future” at the First International Family Law & Practice Conference 2011:  London Metropolitan University; and
  • “Child Custody Law in South Africa” at the Second International Family Law & Practice Conference in 2013:  London Metropolitan University.
  • Relocation in South Africa at the Third International Family Law and Practice Conference in 2016:  London Metropolitan University.
  • ART session at the IAFL conference in Iceland September 2017
  • Professor Marilyn Freeman – Westminster University :  Hague and Representation of the child.


Zenobia has been the coordinator and chair or co-chair of sessions at the annual conferences of the IBA:

  • 2010 – Vancouver – Adoption
  • 2011 – Dubai – Children and Family Financial Matters for Collaboration and Mediation
  • 2012 – Dublin – Children’s Rights and Legal Representation
  • 2013 – Boston – Mediation & Arbitration in Family Law matters.
  • 2016 – Washington – Rights of the child
  • 2017 – Sydney – Property
  • 2018 – London – Prenuptial contracts
  • 2018 – Rome – Busting International Trusts
  • Committee member Cape Attorneys’ Association of Family Lawyers Committee (1999 to 2018)
  • Committee member Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) Family Law Committee (2002 to 2018)
  • Member of the International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates (IAYFJM)
  • Committee member of the Family Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) (2007 to 2018)
  • Co-chair of the IBA Family Law Committee (2016 to 2018)
  • Member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL).
  • Appointed in 2013 to the International Working Group at the Hague Conference on Private International Law to develop a Guide to Good Practice on the Interpretation and Application of Article 13(1)(b) of the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention.
  • Invitee to 2017 Westminster Law School (Professor Marilyn Freeman) Experts meeting on Issues of Domestic / Family Violence and the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention.
  • Invitee to 2018 Westminster Law School (Professor Marilyn Freeman) Experts meeting on The Role of Children in 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention Proceedings.
  • Co-edited a collection of papers presented at the annual conference “The Trials and Tribulations, Trends and Triumphs: Developments in International African and South African Child and Family Law”, which is published by Juta.
  • Contributed to various articles for publication in “Family Law” and to papers at conferences.
  • Presented papers at the South African Law Society and Cape Law Society AGMs, workshops and seminars and to the Rules Board of South Africa (inter alia on Family Law Arbitration, Antenuptial contracts, proprietary claims, etc).
  • Qualified family law mediator and arbitrator.


Non-legal positions:

  • Deputy chair St Cyprian’s School Council 2013 – 2017
  • Expert member of TEC technical drafting committee at the Codesa South Africa process 1994 during the constitutional negotiations.
  • Founder member of the AIDS foundation of South Africa
  • Chairperson of the Carinus Nursing College, Cape Town, South Africa (two years)
  • Chairperson of Soroptomists International Lion’s Head division (2 years)
  • Steering committee member FLAFSA (SA) promoting family law arbitration in South Africa