The Legal Team

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”

Ladysmith Branch


  • Legal Bookkeeper from 1976 and Has 39 Years of Experience to Date.
  • Joined Cwt in 2009
  • She Is the Chairperson of the Ladysmith Women’s Forum
    A Non-profit Organisation Aimed at Assisting the Needy.

Magriet Coetzee

Conveyancing Paralegal

• Many Years Experience in Conveyancing
• Her Duties Entail the Administration of Mortgage Bonds, as Well as the Related Conveyancing Transactions.

Ronel Viljoen

Payroll Administrator & Conveyancing Paralegal

• Joined Cwt in 2002
• 4 Years in Office Administration
• 24 Years Experience in Conveyancing

Snegugu Mngadi

Documents Control Manager and Interpreter

• Joined Cwt in 2007
• Main Functions Are Administration, Interpretation and Client Liaison

Janie Botha

Legal Secretary
  • Matriculated from Ladysmith High School
  • 11 Years of Experience in the Legal Field and Has Obtained Certificates in Civil Litigation and Debt Collection.
  • With a Passion for Baking & the Arts & Crafts, Her Spare Time Sees Her Putting on Her Cake Fairy Outfit and Creating Masterpieces.

Mala Maharaj

Conveyancing Paralegal
  • 26 Years Experience in the Legal Field
  • Courses Done for NQF Level 4, Computers and Conveyancing
  • Experience in Litigation, Debt Collections, Deceased Estates, Commercial Transactions

Ilse De Villiers

Legal Secretary

• N6 Secretarial Diploma
• 11 Years of Experience as a Legal Secretary
• Joined Cwt in 2013

Michele Pollock

Conveyancing Paralegal

• Commenced Work at Cwt in 2014
• 4 Years of Experience in Conveyancing

Lorna Van Niekerk

Deceased Estates Manager

• Matriculated from Ladysmith High School
• Joined the CW&T Team in 2004 and Holds 11 Years of Experience in the Legal Field Functioning in Litigation, Conveyancing and Deceased Estates.
• She Has Obtained Certificates in the Administration of Estates and Conveyancing Practice.
• Duties Entail the Administration and Winding up of Deceased Estates, as Well as the Related Conveyancing Transactions. Drafting of Last Will and Testaments.

Zeenat Vorajee

Conveyancing Secretary and Assistant Bookkeeper

• Matriculated from Windsor Secondary School in 2003
• 10 Years of Working Experience, of Which 7 Years Have Been in Accounts and Administration.

Busisiwe Ngwenya


• Born and Raised in Ladysmith
• 24 Years of Working Experience
• Began Work at CW&T in 1997

Phindile Ndaba

General Worker

• Born and Raised in Ladysmith
• Joined CW&T in 2014

Norma Kossmann

Conveyancing Paralegal

• Born in Estcourt and Raised in Winterton
• Matriculated at Commercial High School Pietermaritzburg
• Began Working at CW&T Back in 1989
• To Date She Has 46 Years of Experience in the Legal Field, of Which 40 Years in Conveyancing.
• Main Functions Entail Opening up of Township Registers and Developments.

Alisha Nagoor

Candidate Attorney

• Matriculated from Ladysmith Secondary School
• Currently Completing Her Honours in B.A.LL.B with the University of South Africa.
• Commenced Work at CW&Twt in 2011 and Articled under Principal Ian Wallace Gracie in 2015.

Liza Mare Coetzee


• Matriculated from Hoërskool Jeugland – Kempton Park –Johannesburg in 2013
• Joined CW&T in January 2016

William Anthony Christopher

  • Born and Raised in Ladysmith
  • Educated at Michaelhouse, University of Cape Town and Natal University
    • Articled to Tatham Wilkes & Company, Pietermaritzburg
    • admitted as Attorney & Conveyancer in 1973
    • B.A. (Uct) Ll.B. (Nu) Certificate Indeceased Estates Practice (Unisa)
    • Briefly Employed by the Department of Justice, Thereafter by Theordore Goddard & Co, Solicitors of London until 1976
    • Joined Cwt as Partner in 1976, Senior Director since 1998
    • Served on Council of Natal Law Society for Six Years
    • Current Chairman of St Anne’s Diocesan College Foundation, Hilton and Former Chairman of the College.
    • Part-time Farmer, Businessman and Managing Director of a Private Game Reserve.
    • Leisure Interests Include Education & Development, Trout Fishing, Wing Shooting, Local History & Travel.
    • Areas of Practice: Conveyancing, Property & Planning Law, Estate Planing, Deceased Estates, Wills and Trusts, Commercial Law, Land Law & Related Matters and International Trade

Ian Wallace Gracie


• Educated at St Martin’s School, Johannesburg
• Articled at Joel Melamed & Hurwitz, Johannesburg
• Admitted as Attorney in 1984 and Conveyancer and Notary Public in 1987
• Appointed Appraiser in 1990
• B.Proc. (Wits) Certificate in Advanced Corporatenad Securities Law; Certificate in Income Tax (University of Kwazulu-natal) ; Ll.M (Stell) (Cum Laude)
• Director of Christopher Walton & Tatham since 1986
• Former Area Chairman of round Table
• Areas of Practice: Conveyancing, Tax Law, Property & Planning Law, Estate Planning, Deceased Estates, Wills & Trusts, Commercial Law, Civil Litigation, International Trade and Land Law & Related Matters.

Willem Lodewicus Venter


• Born in Cape Town
• Educated at Paul Roos Gymnasium and University of Stellenbosch.
• Articled at Maree and pace Inc Ladysmith
• Admitted as Attorney in 1996
• B.A. LL.B. LL.M (Stell)
• Part-time Farmer
• Leisure Interests Include Road Running and Canoeing
• Areas of Specialisation: Laws Relating to Land Reform, Specifically Land Redistribution, Restitution and Tenure Security
• Areas of Practice: Labour Law, Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Collections, Land Law and Related Matters, Property Law and International Trade

Umhlanga Branch

Ewan William Cameron


• Born in Forfar, Scotland
• Educated at Dundee High School
• Completed B.Proc Degree at University of Natal, Durban in 1980
• Employed at Acutt and Worthington from 1975 to 1977
• Completed His Articles of Clerkship at Macaulay and Riddell, Ladysmith
• Admitted as Attorney in 1982 and Conveyancer in 1996
• Partner in the Firm Macaulay and Riddell from 1985 to March 2000
• Joined Cwt as a Partner in April 2000
• B.Proc.(Nu) LL.M. (Stell) Cert. Dep (Unisa)
• LL.M (Stell) in International Trade Law
• Former President of the Ladysmith Country Club
• Leisure Interests Include Golf and Cycling
• Resident Partner at Umhlanga Branch Office
• Areas of Practice: Conveyancing, Property & Planning Law, Estate Planing, Deceased Estates, Wills and Trusts, Commercial Law, Labour Law, Civil Litigation, International Trade.

Reena Singh

Conveyancing Secretary

• Joined CW&T from April 1995 to June 2003 and Thereafter from May 2014.
• Many Years Experience in Conveyancing
• Primary Duties Are Registration of Transfers (Conventional and Sectional) as Well as Registration of Standard Bank Bonds and Cancellations.