Annerine du Plessis is one of Schnetler’s Litigation Attorneys, who also heads-up the Litigation Department. Annerine has been part of the Schnetler’s team for the past 4 years. She has taken a fledgling department and grown it into a very busy and ever-expanding division of the firm. As the saying goes, never judge a book by its cover – she may be young, but she knows her stuff!
I sat down with Annerine, armed with a list of questions aimed at allowing us to discover a little more about who Annerine is.
Where did you grow up and attend school, and thereafter university?
I grew up in the Northern Cape, and attended high school in a small town named Groblershoop, which is near to Upington. After matriculating, I packed my bags and set out for the Western Cape to become a Matie. I still miss those care-free days!
What or who influenced you in your decision to become an attorney?
My late father was a Magistrate, and I used to love sitting in his courtroom during school and varsity holidays listening to trials. My mother always says that I love arguing and fighting for a cause, so I suppose for me, law was the obvious career choice!
For how long have you been practising as an attorney?
After completing my two years of articles, I was admitted as an attorney of the High Court, and have now been practising as an attorney since 2010.
What part of your work is the most interesting to you and brings you the most satisfaction?
I am a very inquisitive person by nature, and in my line of work I learn something new every day. When I am confronted with a legal matter or question, I always start off by dissecting the issue/s at hand, carrying out extensive research on the topic if required, and then by evaluating what the possible solutions to the problem may be. Nothing brings me more satisfaction than a client who appreciates my brutal honesty regarding the feasibility of pursuing a matter.
I am sure that many people would agree that the last profession that comes to mind when meeting you is ‘law’. Is there any other profession/field of work that you could have been/are interested in?
I get that a lot! Yes, looks can be deceiving! I have been blessed with a creative and artistic side to my personality. It has always been a dream of mine to have my very own art studio/gallery, combining it with an intimate arts theatre. Let’s say that this is my 20-year goal!
Another great love of mine, is teaching. My dream is to complete my Master’s Degree, and thereafter to lecture at my alma mater.
What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t at the office?
This might sound boring, but I am crazy about sleep! My colleagues will confirm that I religiously have a lunch-time nap in my office. I am the proud mother of a beautiful two-year-old daughter who keeps me busy, and with whom I adore spending time with. I am also a big movie fan!
Compiled by: Laura Ames
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