Private practice’s new premises

2018-09-26 06:02

EXPERIENCED attorney Rajen Manickum recently moved to new premises in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg. A practising lawyer for more than two decades, he brings a wealth of experience to his firm Rajen Manickum & Associates Attorneys.

The company specialises in high court and magistrate court litigation, as well as civil, criminal and family law – including divorce, maintenance, protection orders and custody issues. They also do commercial law and have the expertise to draught complex contracts and other documents.

Manickum, who was born and raised in Pietermaritzburg, has several degrees including a Masters degree in Criminal Law and Procedure from UNISA.

“I came from a humble background. I have five siblings and my dad worked in a local shoe factory, so I always knew that my parents didn’t have money to send me to university,” Manickum said. “That’s why I worked and studied for my degrees through correspondence.”

Manickum married his wife, Pinky, at a young age and had to juggle the responsibilities of marriage and fatherhood with his studies, saying: “Without the amazing support of my wife, I would never have been able to pursue my dreams to become a lawyer and to start my own practice.”

After graduating, he did his articles with an established local firm. After working there for a while as a qualified attorney, he became a director of a firm with seven directors, including himself. Manickum later spent nine years helping the indigent and vulnerable people in society to get legal advice and assistance.

Three years ago he opened his own practice, initially working from shared premises in Leathern Street, before moving into his new office at Block B, 393 Jabu Ndlovu Street.

In addition to his Unisa degrees, he has a CPLD from Wits University in Johannesburg and is also certified by the Inns of Court School of Law, University of London, to teach other lawyers how to prepare for and conduct trials.

While his office hours are 8 am to 4 pm, he is available to help those in need after hours.

“I would like my existing clients and those who I assisted in the past to know that I am back in private practice and would be delighted to see them at my new premises,” Manickum said.

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