All our lecturers are legal professionals with BProc or LLB degrees and with plenty of years practising the law in various areas and positions.
The lecturers for our Face-to-Face-Learning specialize in the respective subjects in their day-to-day work.
Most of the lecturers have been with us for many years, some for 10 and more. Thus, we can pride ourselves in providing our students with experienced lecturers only.
All our lecturers assist us with the regular up-date of our course notes, an exercise that is on-going. Thus, our learning material is not only up-to-date, but also checked for practical relevance.
I practice as an attorney of the High Court, Cape Town Good Hope Provincial Division, specializing in Litigation, Debt Collection, Commercial Law and Conveyancing Practise, under the name and style of Malcolm Gessler Incorporated.
I have lectured at The South African School of Paralegal Studies in both Debt Collection and Civil Litigation and have recently taken over the portfolio of Business Law. During the course of practicing as an attorney, I have been appointed Honorary Consul to the Republic of the Seychelles, whom I represent in Cape Town.
Through my involvement in lecturing, I have been appointed as Chairman to the Paralegal Society to become involved in the current trend to recognize paralegals within the legal profession. This year a pilot project was introduced whereby the society will promote a pilot arbitration forum for dispute resolution using paralegals.
Although my practice is small in comparison with other firms, I believe that through personal contact and hands on involvement in our law, I and my firm can offer the best legal service and assistance to our clients. I firmly believe that the legal system is always changing and vibrant, and that it should be enjoyed and participated, in our now changing South Africa.
After completion of my Law degree at the University of Natal (Durban) I headed out to Cape Town, where I attended the School of Legal Practice and completed my articles with Van Der Ross and Motala in Mitchell’s Plain.
I then joined Morgan’s Attorneys in Mitchell’s Plain as a partner and dealt mostly with the Criminal Litigation.
Needing to branch out, I left Morgan’s and practiced under Kirsten and Kirsten Attorneys in Rondebosch and dealt with civil and commercial work, but retained criminal litigation as my core work.
At present I am senior partner at Africa & Associates in Woodstock and deal exclusively with Criminal Litigation.
After working as a paralegal in the property law and conveyancing department with Butler Blanckenberg Nielsen Safodien Inc of Rondebosch for some 20 odd years, I decided to ‘take the bull by the horns’ and enrolled to study for an LLB at UNISA whilst simultaneously completing my Articles of Clerkship and raising my 2 beautiful daughters who were together, my pillar of strength.
I served my Clerkship with Butler Blanckenberg Nielsen Safodien under the direct supervision of Peter Blanckenberg without whose support and knowledge I would not be where I am now, which is working with them as a practicing Attorney and Conveyancer, having received a Bachelor of Laws degree from UNISA in 2010 and being admitted as an Attorney in the Western Cape High Court in December 2010 and Conveyancer in March 2012.
Other than property law and conveyancing, I specialize in the drafting of Wills, Trusts, Commercial Contracts, Antenuptial Contracts and certain aspects of Family Law.
Besides my formal education, I feel that having been a para legal, I have the knowledge and experience of being on ‘both sides of the coin’ and hope that I am also able to impart some of this knowledge to the students.