- Willem Le RouxManaging Director
Willem later returned to South Africa and obtained degrees in commerce and law from Stellenbosch University in 2007 and 2009 respectively. At university, he was chairman of the Law Students’ Society, a member of the Law Faculty Council, chairman of the Students’ Representative Council and a member of the University Council. In 2008, Willem had an audience with the Dalai Lama at his residence in India and in 2009 he became an alumnus of the “Brightest Young Minds” initiative.
In 2010 Willem attended the School for Legal Practice and joined the Rose Street Chambers as a candidate attorney in June of the same year. Willem was admitted as an attorney in 2011. In 2012, he started the immigration division at Ashman Attorneys, the firm where he became a partner in 2013. In 2014, he left Ashman Attorneys to found Le Roux Attorneys Inc.
- Matthew VenturasAssociate Attorney
Matthew obtained his LLB from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2010 and immediately began work at Knight Turner Incorporated (now operating as Eversheds KZN). During his time as a candidate attorney he gained a holistic view of the law, dealing with an array of both litigious and non-litigious matters. In January of 2013, Matthew was appointed as an Associate in the commercial department. He worked closely with the firm’s Director and gained hands-on experience in commercial practice and the drafting of various agreements.
In July of 2014, Matthew made the move to Cape Town to join Le Roux Attorneys Inc. as an Associate in the commercial and immigration department. He currently specialises in legal issues arising from the implementation of the Immigration Act No. 13 of 2002.
- Ayesha CasperProcessing Manager
Ayesha studied Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology at the University of the Western Cape and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2009. In 2010, Ayesha joined a well-known Cape Town-based immigration company as a consultant, where she advised clients on various aspects of South African immigration.
Ayesha’s attention to detail, professional approach and enthusiasm caused her to quickly rise through the ranks and gain the respect of her peers and superiors. She was promoted to the position of senior consultant, where she had the opportunity to deal with more complex immigration matters. As senior consultant, Ayesha also gained extensive experience in dealing with the Department of Home Affairs.
In 2012 Ayesha joined an insurance company which focused on personal and commercial insurance for guest house owners. Fortunately, Ayesha decided to return to immigration and she joined Le Roux Attorneys Inc. in February 2013 as an immigration specialist.
- Tanswell SassmanSenior Consultant
Tanswell obtained his LLB from UNISA and brings not only an in-depth legal theoretical knowledge to the immigration sector, but extensive practical experience as well. After being admitted as an Advocate, he was offered the position of Assistant Manager for one of the “Big Four” audit firms in South Africa – proving not only his aptitude for conquering difficult situations, but also demonstrating his resolve and reliability. Subsequently, Le Roux Attorneys Inc. is very fortunate to have Tanswell on board.
- Chris SnymanImmigration Attorney
Chris graduated with a LLB degree from the University of Stellenbosch in early 2005. He then relocated to London where he commenced his career in immigration law. He has over 6 years experience in the immigration sector in the United Kingdom, initially dealing with retail client immigration matters for 2 years, before turning his attention to corporate immigration. He worked as an Account Manager for a well known immigration firm in the United Kingdom for over 4 years where he managed the corporate immigration accounts of several large blue chip organisations.
After becoming a British Citizen at the end of 2012, Chris returned to South Africa where he joined Marais Muller Yekiso Inc. as a Candidate Attorney in March 2013. As a Candidate Attorney, he gained valuable experience in various Magistrate’s and High Court matters including divorce matters, contracts and collection matters. In early March 2015, Chris was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court and he joined Le Roux Attorneys Inc. in the same month.
- Teresa BarnardImmigration Administrator
Prior to joining Le Roux Attorneys Inc., Teresa worked as an immigration administrator – a role that had her oversee an assortment South African and intra-African immigration matters. Teresa has developed an impressive portfolio of work over the course of more than ten years in the immigration sector, and we’re excited to have her as part of the team.
- Ibtesaam KarraImmigration Administrator
Ibtesaam Karra matriculated in 2012 from Darul Islam Islamic High School. She started her working career in 2013 at the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, initially on a volunteer basis and there after she was appointed as an intern. During this time she was also studying on a part-time basis at the College of Cape Town towards her Certificate and Diploma in Entrepreneurship and Business Management. She is in the last lap of completing her Diploma as she is completing her practical assessment. The next phase of her career began in July 2015, where she was employed as Junior Immigration Consultant at Le Roux Attorneys Inc. It is very different from the public sector but she is learning so much and thoroughly enjoying her experience there. Her goal for the future is to study part-time towards her qualification as a Certified Technical Financial Accountant.
- Lydon AudagnottiNew Business Development Manager
Lydon Audagnotti is a solution driven thinker, people’s person, and deal maker. He helps our clients find solutions to their immigration problems, and to navigate their way through the complications in the practice and theory of immigration law in South Africa. He also helps us manage our corporate client relationships, to ensure that service delivery is optimized and efficient. He likes making people happy.
Upon completion of his matric in 2007, Lydon opted to enter into the business world, as a Research Analyst for Sector 5 Commercial Property specialists. His deal making talent, combined with his ability with people, and the growth in the market at the time, saw Lydon on an expedited path to becoming the Principal and Director of Sector 5 in 2010. Before entering into the Legal Services field, Lydon was a highly successful recruiter and business developer, having collaborated with at least 100 of South Africa’s Top 300 companies, and placing many of these institution’s most successful employees. He was also one of South Africa’s most successful Client Relationship Managers for a global giant, Drake International. He has owned two small businesses, worked in the hospitality, gambling, recruitment and property industries, and has a wide range of experience in dealing with people of every demographic in hundreds of different business capacities. Lydon is a Certified Estate Agent as well as a designated Individual Staffing Practitioner with the Federation of African Professional Staffing Organizations.
- Shakoora SamodienJunior Immigration Consultant
Shakoora Samodien matriculated from Simons Town High School in 2011.
She Completed a Business management course through the South African Institute of Management in 2012.
In 2013 she then started her working career, realising that in this demanding and pressurised industry it is necessary to be flexible and able to think on your feet. Her energy and passion for what she does further enhances her performance at all times. This coupled with her ability to be creative and innovative always adds a difference to the task being executed.
She shortly received employment with an Immigration Company where she became equipped with knowledge about the immigration Act and Regulations and working closely with the Forum of Immigration Practitioners.
In February 2016 she joined our team at Le Roux Attorneys Inc. as a Junior Immigration consultant
Her commitment to uphold a strong work ethic informed by values and integrity can only ensure that she graduates into a well-developed and groomed individual in a competitive industry.
- Niel GeldenhuysFinancial Manager
Niel is known as personable and an effective professional and he brings with him all the knowledge that he gained through his career. Niel studied accounting at Stellenbosch University and graduated with a BAcc(Hons) Degree in 2012 and has fulfilled all the necessary SAICA criteria to qualify as a CA(SA). Passionate about financial management and rapidly growing businesses, the move to Le Roux Attorneys was a natural fit. Niel is valued as a team player and focused on adding value in every situation. He specialises in accounting, tax and financial management.
- Olga WyngaardAssociate Attorney
Olga obtained both her LLB and LLM degrees from the Stellenbosch University. During her time at Stellenbosch University she was actively involved in student leadership and mentorship. The nature of Olga’s post-graduate degree, with an overall focus in Public International Law instilled a keen interest in the operation of law across global barriers.
Olga completed her articles at a Cape Town boutique law firm who specialises in family law and general litigation. After being admitted as an attorney she took a swift break from practicing law and worked in-house at a renewable energy company.
Olga joined Le Roux Attorneys in July 2016 as an associate attorney and currently runs the litigation department, specialising in evictions and commercial matters.
- Thobeka Patricia DadaseOffice Housekeeper
Thobeka Patricia Dadase is an invaluable member of the Le Roux Attorney’s team, she joined us in March 2015 and helps keep the office in tip-top shape.