Paula is our Chief Operating Officer and as such she handles all our Client Services, marketing, mentoring (especially of the more junior attorneys), delegation and management of legal matters and workflow for our attorneys, an efficient office environment for all as well as overseeing our financials and generally assisting in future growth of the firm.
She has over 30 years’ experience as a specialist in international law and business and has assisted in the running of law firms both in South Africa and internationally. Paula has an LLB degree that she obtained in the United Kingdom and she is also a qualified mediator.
Paula completed her articles with Masons (now Pinsent Masons) in London before leaving to practice civil litigation and dispute resolution in what was then Hong Kong’s largest law firm, Johnson Stokes and Master.
There, Paula represented various large corporates such as Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong University and Polytechnic, the various transport companies and the companies running the three cross harbour tunnels. She also ran some training for candidate attorneys.
After arriving in South Africa, Paula joined Jan S. de Villiers (now Werksmans) as a foreign lawyer doing commercial and litigation work. Thereafter, and at various times, she became the Manager of Human Resources, Marketing, Events, Training and Public Relations.
After several years she left and set up her own Events Management company which she ran successfully for a number of years. Paula joined Dingley Marshall Lewin in 2011 and managed a varied portfolio from client service relations to mediation, international litigation and commercial law until being appointed as Chief Operating Officer in 2017.
LLB (University of Exeter, United Kingdom)
Honours in the Law Society College of Law Final Examinations (London)
Qualified Mediator by ADR Network, South Africa
Areas of Law:
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Commercial Law
- Consumer Law
When she is not working, Paula is more than occupied with parenting her three offspring. She is also passionate about her working girls book club and spending time loving the stunning city we live in!