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.
A luncheon was given by the Island Group in honour of Fanie Cilliers SC on 16 March 2018. Altus Joubert SC was invited to deliver the key note address.
The substance of the speech was delivered off the cuff, with no recording to preserve it. It dealt with Fanie’s life and times – at Stellenbosch, Oxford and at the Johannesburg Bar. Altus gave his perspective on what forged Fanie’s character and personality, painted the world in which he grew up, told stories that rendered a window on his soul and nature and spoke on the contemporaries that enriched Fanie’s life. The conclusion of the speech is quoted verbatim.
“So, in sum: What was the true nature of Fanie and his legacy? How will he be remembered?
 Fanie was a man for all ages:
- For his wit and humour Fanie could well have lived in the Age of Enlightenment in France, before the Revolution.
- For intellectual curiosity and the breadth of interests he was a Renaissance man, who would have been truly at home in 16th century Florence.
- For his love for tradition and witty conversation and for his regard for integrity and scorn of materialistic things, he could as well have been an Oxford Don in the late Victorian Age.
 Fanie lived by his own compass, unaffected by a desire to conform, to gain acceptance, or to be “with it” or to be “cool”. He had no desire to compete with the Jones’ – he did not even know who the Jones were. And if he knew, he would not have rated them!
 Fanie had a deep seated suspicion of what others might call “polish”. For him it was all false – a veneer to hide a lack of substance.
 Fanie had the make-up and the true nature of the kind of person tailor-made to become iconic – possessing almost unattainable standards of intellectual integrity, a brutal work ethic and a relentless pursuit of excellence.
 Fanie possessed the soul of a true romantic. The allure of his life was that he was forever in search of the unattainable. He wanted to be someone who would do something immortal that would echo in eternity. It was always unattainable, being an advocate, not a theoretical physicist.
 Fanie had the touch of the common man, but had no interest to aspire to common place things.
 For as long as we value the pursuit of excellence at this Bar, Fanie will be remembered.
- For his work ethic.
- For his intellectual honesty.
- For his profound knowledge of the law.
- For his brilliance as an advocate.
- For his wide-ranging interests.
- For his humor and his wit.
- And for living life, as he did, to the full, right up to the very end.
 For all in all Fanie stood shoulder to shoulder with the great icons of the South African Bar.
 The Bar has lost a giant. We have lost a friend. He will be sorely missed.
I already do.”
The Maisels Group is delighted to announce that one of our members, Michael Cochrane, has been recommended by the Johannesburg Bar to be conferred with the status of Senior Counsel. Congratulations!
The Maisels Group has been named South African Construction Law Disputes Chambers of the Year for 2017 by Lawyer Monthly, a UK-based news website and monthly legal publication that focuses on significant legal news from around the world.
The Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards recognise the achievements of law firms and individuals who have delivered exceptional results for their clients over the past 12 months. The 2017 Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards recognises firms, individual lawyers, solicitors and barristers that have dedicated their resources to innovation, built on their depth of expertise, and performed outstandingly over the year.
One of the Group’s senior members, Patrick Lane SC, who has been instrumental in the development of the Group’s construction law practice, as well as the Group’s growing international footprint, enjoyed the privilege of receiving the award on its behalf.
The Group extends its congratulations to Lane SC and other Members in the construction law field whose excellence and hard work has won the Group this significant accolade.
The Maisels Group congratulates Kameel Premhid on being awarded his red bag on 26 November 2017 by Rafik Bhana SC. Kameel has had a great start to his career at the Bar and had the privilege of arguing in the Constitutional Court on behalf of the Southern African Litigation Centre on 28 November 2017 in the matter of S v Okah and Okah v The State.
The Maisels Group is delighted to welcome the following new Members to our Group: Birgit Brammer, Lucelle Buchler, Benard Bobison-Opoku, Shomane Mathiba, Kaylee Mitchell, and Ann Ashworth. We are confident that they will contribute to the esteem of both the Group and the profession in the years of practice to come. Their profiles, as well as the profiles of all our Members, can be viewed on the “Members” page of our website.