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Eitan Stern

Legalese's founder and director, Eitan is a practising attorney with a background in commercial and entertainment law and tech entrepreneurship. Eitan has worked with sectors across the board, from creative, advertising and media, to educational, non-profit and technology industries. He's an established public speaker, lecturer, mediator, negotiator and DJ.

Sudden Mutsengi

Sudden has extensive experience in Labour and Employment Law. He focuses on drafting and reviewing employment contracts, formulating and reviewing Labour Policies, guidance with CCMA disputes, Labour audits, disciplinary hearings mutual termination agreements and guidance on retrenchments.

Thomas Reisenberger

An admitted attorney with a global firm background, Thomas brings regulation and compliance expertise to Legalese, specialising in burgeoning industries utilising emerging data technologies and online systems. With his unique understanding of technology and the law combined with his bespoke, solutions-driven services, compliance becomes straightforward, understandable and relevant.

Kyle Freitag

An admitted attorney with several years of commercial legal experience, Kyle brings knowledge and drafting skills relating to commercial agreements of all kinds, company structuring, research and legal opinions to our team, as well as a knack for simplifying complex contractual agreements. As a committed full-time nerd, Kyle keeps up to date with developments in the technology and gaming industries using his firm grasp on the law to spot potential opportunities or pitfalls along the way.

Phillip Kent

Phillip is an aviation law expert and commercial pilot, with over a decade of experience in the aviation industry as flight crew and airline director, and the author of South Africa's authoritative drone textbook. Phillip's unique combination of legal knowledge and practical experience enables him to deliver a specialised set of skills to the aviation industry.

Natalie Macdonald-Spence

Natalie is an admitted attorney, conveyancer and notary public and holds a Master of Law (Tax Law) from UCT. She is experienced in tax law, property law and commercial law (including cross-border structuring). She has previously advised clients on various regulatory aspects pertaining to blockchain, virtual currencies and enjoys advising on the tax implications of commercial transactions.

Brett Pollack

Brett’s speciality is the rigorous interpretation and nuanced application of complex regulatory frameworks - and particularly those relevant to the baby but booming cannabis industry. He gained much of his expertise at one of the preeminent African law firms where he served his articles and worked as an associate. Having previously served a term as a judicial clerk of the Constitutional Court, Brett also has a passion for and experience in human rights and constitutional law.

Simon Attwell

Simon has a background in the world of publishing and intellectual property disputes and experience mediating disputes in multiple areas of the entertainment industry, all kinds of commercial partnerships, family will and estate settlements and tech-related issues. He is an accredited Commercial Mediator through Conflict Dynamics South Africa and CEDR in the UK.

Stephan Viollier

Steph is a practising attorney licensed in South Africa and New York with a background in media and commerce. He specialises in intellectual property law, including trade marks; open source licensing; advertising law; counterfeit goods; domain name disputes and IP-related commercial agreements. Steph focuses on tech trends, with a fascination with data science, blockchain and crypto developments.

Louise Gardiner

Louise has 18 years of international experience in the corporate environment and 10 years working in and with small businesses and startups. She is an accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator through ACDS and the ADR Group (UK), and holds a MA in International Relations and an Advanced Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution through the AFSA.

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