Changes at Jacobson Attorneys

Perhaps the biggest change is that Jacobson Attorneys is now a partnership. My partner is Shirley Fodor and she has joined from Tabacks where she was a director. Here is a little information about Shirley from her profile:

Shirley Fodor completed her studies (BCom, LLb LLM Public International Law (Cum Laude)) at the Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg) in 2000 and articled with the late Julian Solomon in commercial litigation. Upon completion of her articles she spent two years in academia at Rhodes University and the University of the Witwatersrand, lecturing in the law of contract, the law of negotiable instruments, commercial law, company law, public international law and the law of civil procedure. She joined Mervyn Taback Incorporated and Taback and Associates in 2005 where she accepted a directorship in January 2007 until she resigned in December 2009 to join Jacobson Attorneys. Shirley is additionally qualified to practice in England and Wales.

Shirley is well versed in all aspects of commercial law and has experience in various sectors of industry including the mining sector and fast moving consumer goods. She has been involved in numerous high profile mergers and acquisitions, BEE restructures, listings and is frequently called upon to provide opinions on various aspects of these transactions.

Shirley is heading up the firm’s commercial department and will handle a range of commercial and corporate work from general agreements to mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and listings.

Shirley is supported by Efi Bar-on who is consulting to Jacobson Attorneys. Efi is an experienced commercial attorney who did articles with me at Werksmans, worked at what was then Jowell Glynn & Marais as well as at one of the big banks in its legal department. My focus will be more on Web and digital media related matters for the most part. I have also taken on the role of senior partner in our new partnership.

We are re-positioning the firm as a focussed commercial, corporate and Web/digital media law firm and will start becoming more selective about new clients.

We have also updated our terms of appointment to increase our hourly rates and modify our retainer fee structure a little.

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