Our Attorneys

Fiona Marcandonatos
Fiona Marcandonatos
Education: University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Qualifications: BProc and LLB

Admitted: South Africa in 1994

Previous Positions Held: served her articles at Brian Kahn Inc and became a Director in 1996 where she continued to work for 21 years having resigned to commence practice for her own account since November 2011. Fiona commands a market-leading reputation built over 25 years of practice.

Fiona has acted in various high-profile divorces which involved complex financial and tax issues, disposal of assets, commercial entities and piercing of local and offshore Trusts. She has acted for unmarried fathers to gain custody / residency of children. She was the attorney in two reported High Court cases, SENIOR v SENIOR and REEDER v SOFTLINE.

Fiona has published numerous articles in various publications on family law matters including Mamas and Papas and in TaxTalk.

Fiona is a member of the Legal Practice Council and Gauteng Family Law Forum.

On a personal note, Fiona loves the outdoors and nature and has a keen interest in martial arts, having obtained her black belt in the mixed martial arts of Muay Thai and Kickboxing.

Heather Pretorius
Heather Pretorius
Heather Pretorius was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 1996 and has been in practice for almost 24 years. Heather holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, with majors in Law and International Relations, from the University of the Witwatersrand, Bachelor of Laws from the former Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg) and a Higher Diploma in Tax Law from the International Institute of Tax and Finance, in association with the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, USA.

Although Heather has a strong litigation background, and still continues to litigate on behalf of clients in civil and criminal matters, Heather’s core focus for the past thirteen years has been in the field of Trust Law, Trust Administration and Tax Law. Heather is also a registered Tax Practitioner and renders tax advice to clients, including the drafting of formal tax opinions, tax structuring, and the resolution of disputes with SARS. Heather is also an avid public speaker and has presented many public lectures and seminars, country wide, together with on-line Webinar training and lecturing, addressing audiences on a variety of topics including Trusts, Trust Administration and Tax Law. Heather has written various articles for several publications and more specifically for the TaxTalk Magazine.

When not advising on legal matters, Heather’s other passion is to be in the kitchen, cooking for, and entertaining, family and friends. Heather took this passion to the next level by qualifying as a Chef in 2018 at the Prue Leith Chef’s Academy. Heather also loves the outdoors, reading, and travelling

Hersha Patel
Hersha Patel
Hersha Patel holds a BA degree from the University of Witwatersrand consisting of a double major in Law and International Relations, a LLB degree from the University of South Africa as well as a higher certificate in Compliance Management from the University of Cape Town. Hersha completed her articles of clerkship with FMI in 2015, worked in compliance management before returning to FMI as a Professional Assistant Attorney in 2017 after being admitted as an attorney.

Hersha is passionate about Family Law. Her specific areas of expertise are Maintenance, Domestic Violence / Harassment and all matters pertaining to children. Her passion for Family Law and her strategic application of the law brings structure and solutions for people in much needed circumstances.

Personally, Hersha is an ardent Indian classical musician and dancer and has innate love and compassion for animals and nature.

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