Koch - Lawyer - Horizon View, Roodepoort, GP, South Africa

Liza Koch

Horizon View, Roodepoort, GP, South Africa

Services

Lawyer

Work History

Sole Proprietor, practising for own account

Liza Koch Attorneys

From January 2011

Duties and Responsiblities: Consultations with prospective and existing clients of the firm, obtaining instructions and providing advice.
Attendances at court during oppossed and unopposed matters, attending to postponements of court placed matters, including numerous taxation matters.
Drafting of all legal pleadings, documents and correspondences. Attending pre-trial conferences, settlement negotiations and roundtable conferences.
Specialising in family law matters, with spesific focus on divorces, mediation, maintenance and custody battles, including numerous Rule 43 applications as well as commercial transactions, drafting of contracts, labour and employment law.
All accounting duties and responsibilities
B.

Candidate Attorney

Gerhard Kruger Attorneys

April 2007 - November 2010

(2 year compulsory practical internship required by the South African Law Society prior to admission to the Bar)
Duties and Responsiblities: Consultations with prospective and existing clients of the firms, obtaining instructions and providing advice.
Attendances at court during oppossed and unopposed matters, attending to postponements of court placed matters, including numerous taxation matters.
Drafting of all legal pleadings, documents and correspondences. Attending pre-trial conferences, settlement negotiations and roundtable conferences.
Focus on family law matters with majority of matters pertaining to opposed and unopposed divorces, custody and maintenance (Rule 43 applications). Involved in labour and employment law as well.
I was further responsible for my department's monthly target in respect of billable fees and my duties therefore include the drafting of statements of accounts to clients as well as collection of monies due and outstanding in my department.
B.

head / Human Resources Manager

Legal Department

January 2004 - March 2007

Duties Attending to all employment and labour related matters including conducting all interviews for prospective employees.
Spesific focus on internal meetings with employees and handling of all disciplinary hearings and dispute resolution forums.
Drafting and updating of all employent contracts, appointment letters and internal company policies and procedures.
Reason for leaving To commence my 2-year practical articles as required by the law society.




C.

Edward Nathan & Friedland (Pty)

July 2000 - November 2003

Various temporary assignments:
I was fortunate enough to be able to do temporary assignments with various legal firms during this period, which enabled me to focus on my undergraduate law degree studies at the University of South Africa and attend examinations.
Firms Edward Nathan & Friedland (Pty) Limid
Brian Solomons Attorneys
Heather Pretorius Attorneys

Legal secretary - paralegal

Brian Solomons Attorneys

July 1999 - June 2000

Duties High Court Litigation, Commercial,
drafting & typing of Agreements & Applications.
Attendance to service and filing of documents at court as well as paginating of court files and preparing court files for trial.
Attending consultations with attorney at Counsel's chambers in preparation of trial and keeping of partner's diary.
Reason for leaving I had to make more time for my studies and examinations and therefore accepted temporary work assignments.
E.

Magistrate and High Court

Kruger Attorneys

April 1996 - June 1999

litigation, collections, commercial work, drafting & typing of Agreements & Applications. Attendance to service and filing of documents at court as well as paginating of court files and preparing court files for trial. Independent handling of attorneys' correspondent department. Handling of all instructions to correspondent conveyancer. Independent drafting of sequestration, liquidation, rehabilitation and Rule 43 applications, as well as divorce summonses and particulars of claim. Drafting and typing of bills of cost and discovery affidavits.
Reason for leaving The owner of Kruger Attorneys, Sanet Kruger, decided to close the firm and pursue other interests outside of the legal field.
F.

Cilliers Attorneys

June 1995 - March 1996

Position held Legal Secretary - P.A.
Duties Attending to all typing for four attorneys, collections, working in correspondents' department, arranging appointments, handling of all telephonic enquiries and filing.
Reason for leaving One of the attorneys I worked for, Sanet Kruger, decided to leave this firm and start her own firm, asking me to join her.




G.

Receptionist / Secretary

Suzette Cronje Attorneys

June 1992 - May 1995

Duties Reception & handling of
accounts department, promoted to and trained as legal secretary and
personal assistant.
Reason for leaving Firm was sold to outside attorney who brought his own staff.



H.

Gerhard Kruger (Owner)

Gerhard Kruger Attorneys

+27 11 760 6457
Brian Solomons Attorneys Brian Solomons (Partner)
+27 11 883-9798
Edward Nathan &
Friedland (Pty) Ltd Maria Letoaona (HR Manager)
+27 11 269-7665
Heather Pretorius
Attorneys Heather Pretorius (Partner)
+27 11 782-6466


Employment History and work experience


A. CURRENT

Clerk - Tracing Department

Receiver of Revenue

January 1989 - July 1991

Duties Handling of traces as well as
telephonic and personal tax
enquiries.
Reason for leaving Decided to commence legal studies and pursue a career in the legal field




LONG TERM GOAL AND ASPIRATIONS
Since starting my career in the legal field, even as a secretary, I was interested in family law, I've always believed that every man, woman and child has a right to be protected, happy and safe. I truly believe that all involvement in divorces, maintenance and custody matters places a huge responsibility on the legal representative as you are dealing with people's lives and their future. I am passionate about securing the best possible outcome in any matter pertaining to this aspect as well as all other aspects of the law. As I have been running my own firm for 3 years now, I strongly believe that I have the ability to self motivate and self develop as these are skills without which you cannot manage your own firm.

Qualifications & Certifications

Education

University of South Africa

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