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Heinrich Crous

Director (High Court Litigation)

Phone: 021 918 9000
Email: heinrich@mindes.co.za

Profile:
Heinrich leads Minde Schapiro & Smith Inc. as managing director from its Tyger Valley office. He is intimately involved with the management through the Executive and Marketing Committees of the firm. His ambition is to continually improve the firm through the implementation of efficient processes and the strengthening of relationships between the firm and its clients.
In addition to managing the firm, Heinrich represents financial institutions as a director of the litigation division where he applies his expertise in High Court litigation.
Heinrich is known as someone who is always open to embracing new ideas and technology, without compromising his strong work ethic and principles. Passionate about pro bono community work, he has served as a Commissioner of the Small Claims Court for the area of Tygerberg since 2009.
Once an avid Ironman and Comrades Marathon participant, he now simply jogs for pleasure in his spare time.

Principal Services:
Banking and finance
Corporate and commercial litigation

Qualifications:
BA LLB

Admission:
Attorney of the High Court of South Africa

Right of Appearance in the High Court

Membership:
Tygerberg Attorneys Association

Community involvement:
Commissioner of the Small Claims Court

Honours & awards:
2007 – Nedbank Attorney Top Achiever Home Loans Collections & Recoveries Awards: 4th place in the After Sales Category
2013 – Nedbank: Home Loans Legal Recoveries National Top Practitioner
2016 – Nedbank: Home Loans Collections & Recoveries: Cape Region – Regional Top Practitioner as well as National Top Practitioner – Legal Recoveries
2016 – FNB: Best Legal & Customer Service Special Award

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Elzanne Jonker

Director (Magistrates’ and High Court Litigation)

Phone: 021 918 9000
Email: elzanne@mindes.co.za

Profile:
Elzanne is a Director at Minde Schapiro & Smith who specialises in administrative law, public interest law and local government/municipal litigation.

She has played an instrumental role in many high-profile Constitutional Court cases where ground-breaking constitutional issues were addressed.
Elzanne joined the firm in 2002 as a Candidate Legal Practitioner, after graduating with BA and LLB degrees from the University of Stellenbosch in 2001. She was admitted as an attorney and a notary public in 2004 and as a conveyancer in 2007. Elzanne served on the Tygerberg Attorneys Association for five years, as well as the Cape Law Society Magistrates’ Court Committee. In addition, she has continued to serve as a Commissioner of the Small Claims Court since 2010 and is also a lecturer to candidate legal practitioners for Magistrates’ Court Practice, on behalf of Legal Education and Development.
In her spare time, as a married mother of three Elzanne loves to spend time with her family and friends.

Principal Services:
Appeals

Arbitration

Constitutional law

Corporate and commercial litigation

General litigation

Qualifications:
BA LLB

Admission:
Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
Notary of the High Court of South Africa
Conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa

Membership:
Legal Practice Council

Tygerberg Attorneys Association

Community involvement:
Small Claims Court

Lecturing & speaking engagements:
LSSA candidate attorneys PLT

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Venesen Reddy

Director (Magistrates’ and High Court Litigation)

Phone: 021 918 9000
Email: venesen@mindes.co.za

Profile:
Venesen is a Director in the Litigation Department of Minde Schapiro & Smith.
Having been admitted as an attorney in 2005, he has many years of experience specialising in civil litigation in both the Magistrates’ Court and the High Court. In addition to his litigation practice, Venesen also advises commercial and corporate clients in respect of effectively managing their debtors book and also ensuring that they are adequately protected in the event of any disputes arising with their suppliers or customers.
In light of the nature of litigation often being stressful and expensive, Venesen’s approach to every matter requiring dispute resolution is to explore all possible avenues of resolving the matter in the quickest and most cost effective way for clients.
When entrusted with a matter, he is always willing to go above and beyond in order to ensure client satisfaction.

Principal Services:
Consumer law

Corporate and commercial litigation

Credit agreements

Debt recovery

General litigation

Insurance litigation

Personal injury

Banking

Qualifications:
LLB
Certificate in Labour Law

Admission:
Attorney of the High Court of South Africa

Jonathan Rubin

Director (High Court Litigation, Commercial)

Phone: 021 918 9000
Email: jonathan@mindes.co.za

Profile:
Jonathan has a wealth of experience. As a Director, he manages our branch office in Gqeberha. His areas of expertise include commercial, corporate and property law. An old boy from Grey High School in Gqeberha, he was awarded BCom (Law) and LLB degrees from the University of Port Elizabeth (subsequently renamed the Nelson Mandela University), and an LLM degree from the University of South Africa.
He believes strongly in paying attention to detail but not losing sight of the big picture. He also enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with friends.

Principal Services:
Business advisory
Commercial contracting
Corporate and company law
Property transfers

Qualifications:
BCom LLB
LLM

Admission:
Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
Conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa

Membership:
Hebrew Order of David International (a charity)

Community involvement:
Port Elizabeth Hebrew Congregation