WELCOME TO OUR FIRM
We are deeply committed to building and maintaining long term working relationships with our clients, both local and international, based on our experience of delivering excellent results cost effectively.
Our infrastructure and overhead costs are kept affordable but at the same time have built a network of specialist legal expertise available to us on an as required basis. This means we provide you with exceptional personal services in the most cost effective way without being handed down through a chain of command which can happen in larger firms.
In addition, we make a point of meeting each of our clients personally, regardless of their location at no additional cost to them. This enables us to provide our seamless services to clients anywhere in the world.
After a highly successful career with some of South Africa’s top legal firms, Dr Nicolaas Marais decided that he had enough of the bureaucracy associated with bigger companies and set out on his own.
“I formed Marais Attorneys because in my experience clients tend to slip through the cracks in larger firms and I wanted to be able to provide them with the peace of mind of knowing that they will be well looked after by people who not only care, but who are also driven by results”.
With our expertise in a multitude of areas, we serve an array of clients from local and international corporate companies to individuals, many of whom have been clients since we opened our doors.
DR Nicolaas Marais
Started practicing since 1986, Nicolaas has accumulated a great deal of knowledge, experience and skills in a variety of areas. In addition to his expertise in Commercial Litigation, Media Law, Labour Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Black Empowerment Transactions, Competition Law and drafting commercial documentation. His personal passion for flying has led to him becoming an authority on Aviation and Space Law.
Phone: +27(0)82 655 8121
After joining Marais Attorney’s in 2008, Jonathan swiftly moved up the ranks from Candidate Attorney to Partner. His extensive litigation experience in both High and Magistrates’ Courts has led to his appointment as Head of our Litigation Department. He is also adept at attending to divorces and divorce settlements and Labour Law.
Phone: +27(0)82 504 9164
Lufuno Sethagu is a candidate attorney who joined the firm in January 2022 to commence her articles of clerkship. She holds a Bcom Law degree from Pearson Institute of Higher Education and an LLB degree from the University of South Africa. Lufuno is currently being exposed to vast areas of the law in the firm and she is passionate about corporate law, labour law, family and divorce law. She regularly volunteers at an NGO named A Re Ageng Batsa which is aimed at catering to the needs of the elderly and the youth in disadvantaged areas.
Office Manager and Head of Marketing
With her vast international experience, Jenni adds a creative spark to Marais Attorney’s Marketing Division. Her time spent in both China, Taiwan and the UK in particular have enabled the firm to better understand these markets and to engage in servicing clients in these markets.
Ziyanda is a Receptionist at Marais Attorneys, she is currently studying her LLB degree at Unisa. She intends to serve her articles after completing her degree.
Phone: +27 (0) 87 536 1110
""Marais Attorneys provides a critical service to us and as such are an extension of our management team. Marais Attorneys has been instrumental through my various leadership positions. Their track record in terms of providing timeous, comprehensive and considered advice is excellent. They take time to understand both the context and precise nature of the legal matter at hand, something which is critical to us. Marais Attorneys are a “one stop shop” to us and when required coordinate the activity of legal specialists seamlessly on our behalf. I would recommend them to any company seeking a top quality legal advice with a great service ethic.""
"“As is often the case in legal matters, our relationship with Marais Attorneys began in a moment of crisis. When our fledgling business was less than two years old, one of our trusted partners decided to betray our trust for personal gain. We were referred to Nicolaas Marais, who met with us immediately, quickly assessed the situation in consultation with senior counsel, and determined that we were the victims of the kind of abuse that is in direct contradiction to the spirit and intention of BEE. Not only did Marais Attorneys help us to resolve the matter satisfactorily, but they also advised us on the fairest BEE structure for a growing business such as ours. We are now a AAA Level 2 contributor, with a watertight legal structure that prevents any further abuse. Thank you Nicolaas”."
"“As Group CEO of Draftfcb, I employed Marais Attorney’s services, over a period of eight years, on projects including Acquisitions, Human Resources, Media, BEE transactions, Share Schemes and Client Agreements, amongst others. Nicolaas always delivered an excellent personal service, and the outcomes were always postive to the company. He has a rare ability to understand what the company is trying to achieve, and to swiftly work towards achieving that.”"
"“We were recommended to Marais Attorneys a number of years ago to assist us with all the legal aspects of our black economic empowerment documentation and since then Nicolaas has assisted us in a number of different areas. He is always professional, efficient and have always gone the extra mile to help us.”"
"“I have utilised Marais Attorney’s services for over 15 years and through 7 or more advertising agencies. It would be difficult for me to imagine not having his input when it comes to matters of labour, acquisition, structure, BEE, debt collection or just solid advise on a business transaction. Nicolaas has become a trusted advisor and I would not consider making any decisions without his counsel. His company has become a virtual department to us and add enormous value in terms of their skills base.”"
"“My first encounter with Marais Attorneys was though Nicolaas Marais, when he assisted me the sale of my business to the Lewis Group. I have since that invaluable assistance always sought the counsel of Nicolaas Marais. I can only remark that my experience with Marais Attorneys has been an exceptional one. They have always extended themselves and I would never make a decision without consulting them. I would definitely recommend Marais Attorneys without a doubt.”"
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