PMB law firm gets new name, younger profile

2011-01-28 00:00

CITY Law firm Govindasamy and Pillay announced major changes to the company structure as well as to the name of the firm, at its 27th anniversary celebration on Friday.

Guests for the evening included members of the legal fraternity as well as people from business, sport and the government and community.

Senior partner Poobie Govindasamy welcomed his son Areshan as a director into the firm . He had been admitted to the bar earlier that day.

The company’s new name is an acronym taken from the surnames of its three senior partners, Poobie Govindasamy, Xolisile Ndzingi and Yougasan Govender. It will now be known as GNG Attorneys.

The firm was restructured to include eight of its young lawyers as directors.

Govindasamy, who started the company on his own, said he took the bold step to expand the team as it was always his dream to form a bigger organisation. He said the move not only gives the young lawyers a break, but the firm will also benefit from their enthusiasm and energy.

Currently an acting high court judge in the KwaZulu-Natal Division, Govindasamy is also a well known sports administrator.

He is the president of the South African Indoor Football Association as well as an executive member of the South African Football Association.

City businessman Victor Pillay paid tribute to Govindasamy for his contribution to local business and the legal fraternity for the past 27 years.

Pillay said Govindasamy combined that with being deeply active in the community. He was an anti-apartheid activist who was involved in non-racial sport. He served in structures both in the South African Soccer Federation and in the South African Council of Sport.

He also served on several legal bodies and was an active member of Lawyers for Democracy and later the National Association of Democratic Lawyers.

Govindasamy has been an examiner for the practice, procedure and bookkeeping attorney’s examinations since 2002; he has served as a judicial commissioner on several bodies and as chairperson and member of numerous disciplinary protest and appeal committees as a result of his involvement in football both locally and nationally.

His fellow senior partner, Xolisile Ndzingi, made an appeal to government and businesses not to ignore black law firms. “We do exist and we can perform,” she said.

The guest of honour was the first lady of the province, Dr May Mashego. She congratulated the firm for growing in depth and stature. She said it was impressive that young people were included as directors and she was pleased that three members of the group were women.

She urged them to be confident and to believe in who they are.

“I think that sometimes, particularly in the way we were brought up, when we were told we are not good enough … we believed this and failed to realise that we are actually good,” said Mashego.



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