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Practice Experience

Natalie has become a trusted advisor to many employers, contractors, sub-contractors and suppliers who utilise her services regularly. Advising all role players in the contractual hierarchy has given her a superior understanding of the practicalities and nuances required to navigate legal issues. Natalie has established solid long-term relationships with clients on account of her extensive knowledge and engagement style.

Natalie joined MDA Attorneys in October 2012. She has extensive specialist contract skills in relation to the construction, mining, and technology industries. These specialist skills include:

  • Advice to clients in respect of construction and engineering claims, including claim formulation, claim motivation and defence/rebuttal of claims
  • Preparation of start-up packs for projects (contractors) consisting of claim notice templates or compensation event notice templates, tutoring of the project team on the legal ramifications of non-compliance with the project contract (JBCC, FIDIC, NEC3 and employer bespoke contracts based on these standard forms)
  • Risk analysis of conditions of contract proposed by employers in RFQ / tender documents and recommendations on qualifications thereto, dependent on the contractors’ appetite for risk
  • Drafting of all forms of contracts, supply contracts (including cross border), service agreements, particular conditions of contract, JBCC, FIDIC, NEC, bespoke construction contracts, subcontracts “back-to-back” with principal contracts, and various other documentation relating specifically to the construction, engineering and mining industries
  • Drafting of EPCM contracts and the associated set of construction and services contracts
  • Drafting of mining services contracts (open pit and underground mining services) and supply contracts in respect of mining equipment
  • Preparing papers for adjudication submissions and follow-through to arbitration
  • Representing clients throughout the arbitration process (including drafting of the requisite dispute notices, appointment of the arbitrator, brief to counsel, preparing draft statements of claim and other papers for settling by the appointed counsel)
  • Legal opinions and forensic (legal) audits of construction contracts
  • Collaboration agreements and joint venture agreements
  • In-house training to clients on the JBCC and FIDIC Suite of Contracts, and contract law in general (specifically the client’s in-house terms and conditions, procurement processes and sales strategies and the alignment thereof with the requirements of the construction industry)

Natalie further has skills in, and knowledge and understanding of procurement processes and assists numerous clients with their procurement policies, strategies and terms and conditions.  

Education

Bachelor of Commerce, University of the Witwatersrand, 1999
LLB (Bachelor of Laws), University of the Witwatersrand, 2001
Certificate in Construction Adjudication, University of Pretoria, 2018

Memberships / Positions

Admission as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa, 2004
Member of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces
Member of the Construction Adjudication Association of South Africa

Natalie