Advocates of the High Court and Independent Law Practitioners

Welcome to The Maisels Group. We are a group of advocates of the High Court of South Africa, who are members of the Johannesburg Bar (Society of Advocates, Witwatersrand Local Division). The members of The Maisels Group are independent sole practitioners intently following in the footsteps of great and remarkable advocates.

The Maisels Group is Bound Together in the Pursuit of Excellence

The group, and the building in which it is housed, is named after Israel (Issy/Issie) Aaron Maisels QC, one of the great advocates of the Bar. Practising from their chambers in Maisels Chambers, in the Sandton CBD in close proximity to the offices of the Johannesburg Bar and many law firms, the advocates of The Maisels Group provide a professional and valuable service to their attorneys and their clients.

Through the pursuit of excellence, the encouragement of transformation and the respect of individualism we endeavour to provide services of the highest standard. Throughout the group we also ensure that young advocates develop to become outstanding advocates.

Feel free to browse our site and find more information about The Maisels Group and the outstanding quality of advocates we have under our roof.

Maisels Team Leading Constitutional Challenge to Dagga Ban

Don Mahon and Chris Carelse are acting for the so-called ‘‘Dagga Couple’’ in a four-week trial in the Pretoria High Court. The high-profile case concerns the efforts of the Couple as they try to ultimately get the Constitutional Court to decriminalise the private use of marijuana. Many Members report that the Court is a site of daily protest for both pro- and anti-decriminalisation activists. The Group, if not the whole country, will certainly follow this case with interest.

Kennedy Tsatsawane Appointed Acting Judge

So soon after being nominated for Senior Counsel status, the Maisels Group once again congratulates our own Kennedy Tsatsawane who shall be an Acting Judge in Pretoria for a few weeks. We know that Tsatsawane AJ will bring to the bench the same skills which make him a formidable advocate and we look forward to welcoming back to Chambers.

Good Luck to our Pupils

The Maisels Group wishes all our pupils the best for their upcoming mock and final exams. In addition to immersing themselves in practice, pupils undergo a rigorous academic programme which culminates in their preliminary and final exams in July and August of every year. We have no doubt they will work hard in acquitting themselves that will make them, their mentors, and the Group, proud of their achievements.

Altus Joubert SC Awarded Honorary Doctorate from North-West University

Joubert SC was awarded a doctorate (honoris causa) by the North-West University earlier this month in recognition of his outstanding contribution to NWU, where he has been a professor of law since 2001. This is in addition to his numerous academic achievements around the world, all while maintaining a busy Senior Counsel’s practice in Johannesburg and beyond. Joubert SC was honoured at a ceremony held on 24 May 2017.

This is the highest honour a university can confer on an individual and is a richly-deserved personal achievement for Joubert SC. The Maisels Group congratulates him on this most recent accolade, which shall be added to an already glittering CV. The Group further thanks Joubert SC for his continued contribution to, and leadership of, the Maisels Group in his role as Chairman of the Management Committee.

Philips Daniels SC Appointed Acting Judge

Daniels SC is presently acting as a Judge of the South Gauteng High Court. Daniels SC continues the tradition of senior practitioners of the Group taking up permanent and acting judicial appointments. We congratulate him on this show of faith in his skill and capacity by the Judge President of this Division and look forward to welcoming him back to the Group in early June.