Lawyer and Registered Migration Agent
In 1994, Chris established his first law firm in South Africa and in January, 2007, sold his practice as he was planning to immigrate to Australia. His fifteen years legal experience in South Africa can be briefly summarised as follows:
Handled and litigated in all three South African courts (Magistrates’, Regional and High Court) in all matters ranging from criminal trials to criminal appeals in the High Court.
Handled and litigated in the Civil Courts of South Africa all types of civil cases ranging from insurance claims, commercial matters to banking disputes.
Handled and litigated matrimonial matters, ranging from defended divorce cases to custody and maintenance hearings.
In his fifteen years legal experience, his most significant achievement was to be able to be placed on all four major South African mortgagor bank panels. A further achievement was that he was able to be placed as the sole attorney (solicitor) in charge of debt recovery on behalf of a major local municipality in South Africa.
In 2001, Chris established his real estate company, which operated out of two major cities in South Africa. Together with his spouse, as co-principal director, they supervised and trained, at any given time, an average of twenty real estate agents.
In 2009/2010, Chris continued his legal studies through Deakin University (Australia) and bridged his South African LLB degree to meet with the Australian legal requirements. In December, 2010, he was admitted to practice as an Australian Legal Practitioner in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Yiota has over ten years experience as a legal assistant and also operated a successful real estate company as principal from 2001 to 2007, which operated out of two major cities in South Africa. Yiota is currently in charge of office management and conveyancing at First Legal & Migration Services and is also an experienced real estate agent.
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