Paul Harris – Director of Remgro, FirstRand Ltd, RMB Holdings and former CEO of the FirstRand Group
“The Caveat business model represents a paradigm shift in the way legal services are offered to clients. The significant benefits are, firstly, that they are able to draw on skills that are appropriate to the requirements of the brief. They have access to a large spectrum of specialties and are therefore able to choose the best specialists to match the brief. Traditional firms, unless they are very large, do not always have the full spectrum.
Secondly, Caveat does not have the infrastructure and overhead costs of a large organisation so are able to deliver their service at a significantly lower price. They also have the necessary professional indemnities that are required of legal firms.
I have, through a number of companies in which I am involved, used their services and I have found the quality of their work and service levels to be of an exceptionally high standard. For these small and medium sized companies and larger companies that do not have legal departments, Caveat offers the ideal solution.
Traditional business models in today’s information age are being fundamentally disrupted by technology and I believe that this is the legal equivalent of a disruptive business model that will increasingly become successful because of the significant benefits to clients.”
Brett Commaille – Lead Partner, Angel Hub Ventures
“We used Caveat for a transaction involving several investors and newly formed company, meaning all involved were particularly cost conscious but also risk averse. Caveat has a great model to disrupt the legal industry that makes it accessible for younger companies to access top notch legal advice and expertise, at affordable rates. They provide a high quality of work and superb client service.”
Anton-Louis Olivier – Managing Director, Nu Planet
“Caveat provided us with access to specialist legal counsel, within a clear contract structure, with a minimum of transaction costs and delays. All in all, an efficient solution to our needs.”
Andy McKay – Co-Founder, Green Wave Automation
“Caveat arranged for me to meet a representative who had the necessary skills writing NDAs and Partner agreements. It is very important that we sign agreements with companies who want to partner with us on projects as we hold Intellectual Property which we need to protect.
The service we received was very professional and was completed on time and within budget. Personally I also like dealing with someone who looks a little more casual and doesn’t look like someone straight out of a big law firms boardroom.”
PANEL MEMBER TESTIMONIALS
“Caveat provided an excellent platform that matched our needs as a Fintech start-up and provided high caliber, yet affordable support. I had the pleasure of working with Caryn Leclercq as we negotiated with our main strategic investor in founding Inclusivity Solutions. Caryn acted as an expert reviewer and adviser in the process and provided considerable value and sound advice.”
Jeremy Leach, CEO, Inclusivity Solutions
“We have worked with John for the past two years, during which period he has assisted us with drafting documentation related to investments into small business of various types. As a funder of SMEs, it is important for us to ensure that our legals are both robust as well as comprehensible, and John has always striven to ensure that we meet both criteria. I would highly recommend John’s work.”
Greg McDonald, Investment Officer/Fund Manager, Edge Growth
“My experience with John Taylor ranks as one of the best legal experiences I have had. John was professional and astute in his ability to understand my situation and accurate and swift in his recommendations. It was a pleasure to work with John and I will use him for all future legal matters.”
Victoria Reuvers, Director, Trivium Capital
“Taryn has deep experience in transactions and corporate law, which shows in the quality of her work. At Edge we’ve always found her to be highly capable and willing to support us at a moment’s notice.”
Richard Rose, Investment Head, Edge Growth
“Taryn is an insightful lawyer who has the innate ability to reduce complex issues into simple concepts that business people can understand. I look forward to working with Taryn again in the near future and would recommend her to any potential clients looking for an attorney with commercial law experience.”
Fred Swaniker, Founder & Executive Chairman, African Leadership Academy
“Amanda stands out as the most professional legal adviser we have dealt with during our 15 years of business. An expert in her field she lead us through the Electronic Communications Act advising us on the best way forward. With amazing attention to detail and often referring to case law as well as other Acts which we were unaware of. All of this expertise came at an affordable price for a small business such as ourselves.”
Doug Van Der Merwe, Owner, SwiftReg
“Sarah is a thorough, dependable advisor who consistently delivers high-quality, commercial legal advice. Sarah’s depth of knowledge and breadth experience make her a valuable and versatile resource who is equally capable in contexts as diverse as drafting commercial agreement to leading legal due diligence.”
Greg Chapman, Financial Director, JumoWorld
“Sarah has assisted us on a number of transactions. She has been extremely proactive and has proven to be both knowledgeable and insightful. She has gone above and beyond what was expressly requested when needed, and has communicated extremely well, keeping us abreast of progress and any setbacks. Her work is of the highest quality and I would recommend her highly.”
Greg McDonald, Investment Officer/Fund Manager, Edge Growth
“Twaambo has been an absolute pleasure to work with. She took direction extremely well and I was very thankful that she fell in line with my work style and did not dictate her work style on me. All of this was very important to me given the complexity of the issues we were dealing with but also the time pressures. Twaambo picked up very quickly the manner in which I worked and what to support on and how to support me. She was efficient and quick which is a great trait for an in-house counsel. I have no hesitation in referring Twaambo to any of my colleagues that might need assistance and I will definitely make use of Twaambo should I require similar services in the future.”
Omeshnee Pillay, Group Senior Legal Counsel, AECI Limited
Michael van Breda
“During the course of 2014 and as a result of temporary vacancies within our legal department, we were under-resourced and in desperate need of legal assistance. We met with Yvonne Wakefield of Caveat Legal and articulated our need for a highly competent, energetic, self-motivated professional to take up a fixed-term assignment with our organisation. Being part of the legal fraternity herself, Yvonne was quickly able to identify our gaps and to create a match between our requirements and the ideal legal professional to meet our needs.
Michael Van Breda was able to hit the ground running and in no time at all distinguished himself through the display of exceptional commercial acumen in the projects he was advising on and by consistently providing excellent legal service to our internal stakeholders. We had the benefit of having “external counsel” as that term is used within corporates “internally”.
I would highly recommend Caveat Legal to any organization as the service delivered is of an exceptional quality and tailormade to meet your specific requirements.
I would further recommend Michael Van Breda as he is highly intelligent with good analytical and communication skills, is well organized, dependable, and most importantly possesses a wonderful sense of humour that added positively to our office culture.”
Lynne February, Senior Counsel: Corporate Commercial, British American Tobacco South Africa
“Michael was a big asset to the organization. He is very quick to gain the confidence of his customers and provides practical and business focused legal advice. Michael has a sharp mind that identifies critical business issues. He is able to work independently and yet ask for guidance where this is required, with a good understanding and application of the policies that may apply to multinationals. We will certainly use Michaels’ services again in the future should the need arise.”
Annette van Niekerk, Senior Counsel Southern and Central Africa, Philip Morris South Africa
“He has a wonderful manner both with myself and the business, is highly competent, organised, diligent, and I am amazed at how quickly he has understood and become part of the business… I am so grateful to him for this, and cannot commend him highly enough!”
Gina Robinson, Group Legal Counsel, Mpact