Admitted as an Advocate in February 2017 and called to the Bar in December 2017.
(Previously an Admitted Attorney before joining the Bar)
LLB (Cum Laude) – University of Zululand
Areas of Practice
Commercial and Civil Litigation, Maritime Law, Contract Drafting, Labour Law, Arbitrations, Public and Regulatory Law, Criminal Law, Human Rights Law, Immigration Law and Administrative Law.
Benard after completing his LLB Studies and PLT Studies, undertook his articles and practised as an Attorney with the firm Maponya Attorneys in Pretoria. As an Attorney, Benard practised in all aspects of general commercial, civil and third-party litigation.
Maponya Attorneys subsequently seconded Benard to the Head Office of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) in Pretoria as a Legal Consultant and Company Secretary to advice the Board of Directors on Corporate Governance and Corporate Law and attend to other litigious matters facing the entity.
Benard subsequently left Maponya Attorneys with its blessings and joined SAMSA to continue in the same capacity as the Company Secretary.
Benard subsequently became the Legal Counsel in the Office of the Chief Executive Officer. In this capacity and locally, Benard dealt with all the relevant statutory legislation, commercial and labour law related matters of SAMSA. In litigation, Benard instructed matters to be defended some of which ended up at the Supreme Court of Appeal and one of which became a landmark ruling in South Africa’s Labour Law.
Internationally, Benard worked with the African Union (AU) and other Regional Maritime Organisations and was instrumental in forming the Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA) in 2013 in terms of the Revised African Maritime Transport Charter adopted by the African Heads of States in 2010. In representing South Africa, Benard worked with representatives from Mozambique and Liberia Maritime Administrations to become the First Secretariats of AAMA to ensure that it became fully functional.
Whilst a student Benard participated in the 11th and 12th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition organised by the University of Pretoria in Egypt and Cameroon respectively.
Benard eventually left SAMSA, served pupillage and joined the Bar in 2017.
Benard has co-written articles for publication in Without Prejudice Law Magazine.
Phone: 082 045 7923