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  Our Team
 
Our firm comprises 5 experienced attorneys and 12 hardworking support staff.
 
Zenobia du Toit
 
Zenobia du Toit, the director of Miller du Toit Cloete Inc, is assisted by a team of 4 dedicated attorneys, who have a special interest in and passion for Family Law.

She was admitted as an attorney in 1982 and has practiced exclusively in Family Law, human rights and related and commercial law issues from 1998 onwards.

She:
- Was an expert member of the Technical Committee on the Transitional Executive Council at the Multi-Party Negotiating Process, Kempton Park – prepared legislation on committee (April – October 1993)
   
- Presents various workshops and talks regarding family law matters, developing family law and gender equality, children's rights, constitutional aspects of family law, and constitutional law, both in South Africa and internationally.
   
- Co-edited the collection of papers presented at the annual conference (The Trials and Tribulations, Trends and Triumphs: Development in International African and South African Child and Family Law).
   
- Is a committee member of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is a member of the Family Law Committee of the IBA where she chairs the sub-committee on the rights of the children. She is a committee member of both the Family Law Committee of the Cape Law Society and the Law Society of South Africa.
   
- Was appointed in 2013 to the International Working Group at the Hague Conference on Private International Law to develop a guide to good practice on the interpretation and application of Act 13(1)(b) of the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention.
   
Yumna Mookrey
 
Yumna graduated from the University of Cape Town (UCT) with a BA LLB degree in 1995. She conducted her practical legal training at UCT School for Legal Practice in 1996 after which she served articles before being admitted as an attorney in 1997.

Yumna was admitted as a conveyancer in 2004.

For the period September 1997 to August 2004 Yumna was employed at a law firm practicing in general litigation. Yumna completed the FAMAC training mediation course in 2008 and is working towards joining the ranks of accredited mediators.
Yumna has since 2004 practiced as an attorney at Miller Du Toit Cloete Inc, a firm specializing in family law during an interesting and progressive phase in the development of family law, especially in relation to children.

She has attended various international law conferences including the Third World Women Lawyers Conference in London in 2006, three International Bar Association conferences in Dubai in 2010; Vancouver, Canada in 2011; Dublin, Ireland in 2012.

In 2009 Yumna presented a paper in Windhoek, Namibia and commented on the draft Namibian Child Care and Protection Act. In 2012 Yumna also presented a paper on antenuptial agreements at the LAWASIA conference held in Penang, Malaysia.

In 2013 Yumna attended at the International Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The conferences have allowed Yumna the opportunity to network and explore the many diverse issues facing family law practitioners and gain global expertise.
 
Christel Beukes
 
Christel graduated with an LLB degree from the University of the Free State in 2000 (B Proc in 1999). She commenced her articles in Bloemfontein in 2001 and was admitted as an attorney in 2003 in the Free State Province and enrolled as an attorney in the Western Cape on 18 April 2005.

During her period as a candidate attorney she was extensively involved with, and primarily interested in Family Law as her chosen field.

After qualifying she spent a period in the United Kingdom, also working in the legal field in an assistant capacity.  She returned to South
Africa and Cape Town in 2004 and has been practising primarily in family law since 2009.

She previously headed the family Law Department as a junior partner of STBB in Cape Town before joining Miller Du Toit Cloete in September 2011.
 
Liesl Fischer
 
Liesl graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with an LLB Degree in 2005.
She secured her articles with Miller du Toit Cloete Inc in 2006, specialising in Family Law.

Liesl completed the Practical Legal Training Course presented by UNISA in 2006 and was admitted as an attorney in 2007.

Liesl continues to practise as a professional assistant with Miller du Toit Cloete Inc.

She co-presented a paper titled "African Charter on the Rights of
Children" at the London Metropolitan University Summer School in 2011 and received her Certificate of Completion in this regard.
 
Samantha Lewis
 
Samantha graduated with a LLB degree from the University of the Western Cape in 2009, where after she obtained an LLM cum laude in 2010.

She commenced her articles in 2010 and was admitted as an attorney of the Western Cape High Court in October 2012.

Sam has been with MDTC since October 2011.

She is a keen academic and her thesis on Surrogacy in South Africa was the first published paper to deal with the contractual aspects of surrogacy agreements.
She has written articles for the 2013 London Metropolitan University Family Law Conference; our MDT conference and in November 2012 co-wrote and co-presented the Working Guide to Contact and Care in South Africa with Advocate Julia Anderssen to the Regional Magistrates of South Africa.

Sam also regularly presents guest lectures at the University of the Western Cape and will be registering to commence her LLD shortly.
 
 
 
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