Snaid & Morris

The Team

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Paul Snaid

Joint MD

Paul holds a B Proc degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and was admitted as an attorney of the then Supreme Court of South Africa on the 23rd of January 1979. Paul has handled countless matters in the Constitutional Court, High Courts, Magistrates’ Courts, Specialised Commercial Crime Courts, Family Courts and Supreme Court of Appeal.

Paul is the joint Managing Director of the company and leads the Family Law and Debt Collection Departments as well as the Collections Litigation Department. Through his career he has handled many complex and integral divorces, mediations and divisions of joint estates as well as custody and maintenance matters. Paul further has a strong and well-grounded commercial law background, having gained years of experience in commercial and corporate litigation and insolvency.

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Jason Morris

Joint MD

Jason holds an LLB degree from the University of South Africa and has a Certificate in Debt Counselling from the University of Pretoria. He is an admitted attorney of the High Court of the Republic of South Africa and has a wealth of experience in litigation in the High Courts, Magistrates Courts, and Labour Courts. Jason is the joint Managing Director of the company and leads the Insolvency, Labour Law and Commercial Litigation Departments of the company.

He has a wealth of experience in insolvency enquiries, arbitrations and mediations as well as extensive experience in litigation in the High Court, Commercial Court, Magistrates’ Courts and various other tribunals. In addition, Jason has sat as a board member and chairman of various local and multi-national companies. He has extensive experience in all fields of litigation. He further is very well versed and handles the company’s transport / maritime law department as well as appears regularly in the CCMA and Labour Courts.

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Melissa Irwin-Tarica

Associate

Melissa holds an LLB degree from the University of South Africa and is an admitted attorney of the High Court of the Republic of South Africa.

Melissa enjoys studying and widening her knowledge in different spheres of business and/or law. She has a number of certificates for the intermediary Microsoft Office Training with distinction, she has a marketing certificate, a diploma in Business Administration and Management, She had been working at an auditing firm while studying part time. Here she obtained a wealth of experience with business management, annual financial statements and international commercial contract reviews and drafting of same.

Melissa has had experience as an executive member of the various Attorneys Associations, and many other liaison committees between the profession and the judiciary. She prides herself on staying informed of the new laws, and acts She is well versed in what is “new” with the judiciary, supplying the necessary opinions, and is well informed of the laws and rules that have been proclaimed in the various Government Gazettes.

Melissa prides herself on being a general litigator, where evidence thereof shows that she is able to assist the firm with any speciality of law. However, the main specialities that she has specialised in, is Family Law, Labour Law, Property Law, Delictual Law and General Civil Litigation. She regularly appears in matters in the Higher Courts and the Lower Courts.

Melissa furthermore advises and appears in court(s) on behalf of the South African Board of Sheriffs and has previously worked in close contact with the various Sheriff’s offices. She thus has a vast understanding of the needs of the Sheriffs and the relationships that they have with the profession and/or lay persons.

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Diane Charles

Associate Attorney

Diane holds an LLB degree from the University of South Africa and is an admitted attorney of the High Court of the Republic of South Africa.

Prior to joining the legal profession, Diane enjoyed several years in the multinational corporate sector where she also obtained an MBA degree from the Rhodes Investec Business School. Diane’s business background equips her with a keen interest in corporate and commercial law, thereby also prompting her to complete a Company Secretarial qualification through the Chartered Governance Institute for Southern Africa. Diane eagerly assists in various areas within the Litigation Department and has broad experience in both Magistrates Court and High Court practice, such as family law, property evictions and travel law.

Diane is passionate about everything she does and takes customer service and customer satisfaction to be above all else whilst upholding the law and its principles.