Meet the Nirenstein team
Grant completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Cape Town. Thereafter he enrolled for his LLB through Unisa. Whilst completing his LLB, Grant bartended and thereafter worked as a regional manager for a now global telecommunications company. After completing his LLB, Grant completed his articles of clerkship at a specialist litigation firm and was retained by that firm thereafter.
A few years later, Grant joined a leading national law firm specializing in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. He was promoted to Director of that firm in 2013 and practised as such until the end of 2020.
Grant is a longstanding member of SARIPA (the South African Restructuring and Insolvency Practitioners Association) and SASLAW (the South African Society for Labour Law) and has received awards from the latter in recognition of his pro bono hours spent working at the SASLAW clinics and on behalf of SASLAW clients. Grant has furthermore been recognised as a top performing lawyer by various international peer reviewed publications.
Grant is a passionate open water swimmer with an insatiable addiction to the sea. He takes pride in his small, dynamic team that remains effective, motivated and committed to caring for the concerns and interests of our clients.
PATRICK VAN DEN HEEVER
After matriculating in 2014, Patrick pursued an LL.B correspondence degree from the University of the Free State, enabling him to study part-time while exploring different employment opportunities in many different industries. Most pivotally, he was afforded the opportunity during this time to devil under various esteemed members of the Cape Bar, which affirmed his passion for the Law and litigation in particular.
Patrick was offered articles at a prolific boutique law firm in the Southern Suburbs and was later retained after his admission in the latter half of 2021. He gained considerable experience in general civil litigation in both the High and Lower Courts. In particular he excelled, and immensely enjoyed, appearing in Magistrate’s Courts throughout the Western Cape, arguing a wide variety of matters from contractual disputes to personal injury claims.
Patrick joined the team in early 2022 with a view to obtaining more focused experience in commercial practice and he has thoroughly enjoyed the process of expanding his legal repertoire accordingly. In his free time, Patrick enjoys learning about burgeoning financial markets with a keen interest in finance generally, this tempered only by his passion for music and film.
Prior to pursuing a legal career, Neill completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree at the University of Cape Town, followed by an Honours degree in psychology at the South African College of Applied Psychology, before finally returning to UCT to complete his postgraduate LLB.
Neill completed his articles at a general practice law firm in the Southern Suburbs and was thereafter retained as an associate following his admission as an attorney in early 2022. He gained a broad and diverse range of experience managing litigious and non-litigious matters in various areas of law, including contract and commercial law, property law, firearms law, and family law. Neill’s motivation to continuously develop his skills further saw him qualify and be admitted as a Notary in the latter half of 2022.
Neill’s interests predominantly lie in contract and commercial law, which led him to join the firm in November 2022 to gain more experience in a specialised commercial practice. Outside of the office, Neill can be found playing hockey, running, and hiking.
Janine has been working in law for over 15 years and is in charge of the day to day operation of the office. Her bubbly personality keeps the atmosphere in the office light through even the most pressurised periods.
Meticulous in her work, Janine is the first to arrive at the office every morning, and uses her initiative to add value wherever possible. Janine enjoys spending time with her family and entertaining over weekends.