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The Team - Malcolm Lyons & Brivik Inc | Injury & Personal Law

TZVI BRIVIK

Director
Tzvi Brivik completed his Bachelor of Commerce Degree (BCom) at the University Of Witwatersrand in 1993. He majored in law and economics. He completed his Bachelor Of Laws Degree (LLB) in 1995 at the University of Witwatersrand. After completing his articles he commenced practice in Johannesburg before he relocated to Cape Town.

In the Labour law field, Tzvi has been involved in groundbreaking cases. He handled the first urgent application in South Africa to protect the rights of a whistleblower employed by a major bank. He was also responsible for the first application to court alleging discrimination in terms of the Protected Disclosures Act. He has further campaigned for the rights of unions to be registered and recognised within the workplace.

His approach on behalf of various unions was accepted in the Labour Appeal Court. He recently also won a major victory against the Western Cape Provincial Government on behalf of a partially-sighted client who had suffered unfair discrimination. In the field of personal injury, Tzvi has had numerous multi-million Rand judgments and settlements for injured clients and has litigated extensively in Johannesburg,
Durban, Pretoria, Kimberley and Cape Town.

He has substantial experience in medical malpractice claims and his most recent success was a wrongful birth claim for damages against two gynaecologists who failed to observe the evidence of birth defects.

AFFILIATIONS & COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS

• Executive Committee of the Cape Town Association of the Physically Disabled
• Former Executive Committee Of The Glendale Home For The Mentally Handicapped

PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS

• Member of the Cape Chamber Of Commerce
• Former President of the South African Labour Lawyers Association
(SASLAW) (Cape Town Branch) 2001 – 2003
• Member of the South African Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (SAAPlL)
• Current Liaison Officer for the Jurisdiction of South Africa and Member of the Governing
Committee of the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL)
• Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers United Kingdom (APIL)
• Member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ)
• Member of the South Africa Spinal Cord Association (SASCA)
• Member of the South Africa Neuropsychological Association (SACNA)

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NICOLA JUSTINE LYONS BRIVIK

Director
Nicola completed her articles in Cape Town and subsequently became its principal partner. She litigates Medical Malpractice and Road Accident Fund claims and has over 10 years experience in both.

Nicola has successfully pursued claims for and on behalf of indigent South Africans across the country with numerous multi-million Rand settlements and judgments to her name. She is also a solicitor of the High Court of England and Wales. She acts both for foreigners injured locally and South Africans injured abroad.

AFFILIATIONS & COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS

• Executive Committee of the Cape Town Association of the Physically Disabled

PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS

• Member of the Cape Chamber Of Commerce
• Member of the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL)
• Member of the Association of Personal Lawyers United Kingdom (APIL)
• Member of the American Association For Justice (AAJ)
• Member of the South Africa Spinal Cord Association (SASCA)
• Member of the South Africa Clinical Neuropsychological Association (SACNA)
• Member of the South African Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (SAAPIL)

The Team - Malcolm Lyons & Brivik Inc | Injury & Personal Law

CARLA GRIFFITH

Senior Attorney
Carla Griffith joined Malcolm Lyons & Brivik Inc in 2013 as an Article Clerk. She completed her LLB Degree in 2010 at the University of South Africa. In November of 2012, she completed the full-time programme in Legal Practice at the University of Cape Town.

After completing her articles, she commenced practising in Cape Town. Carla has substantial experience in medical malpractice and medical negligence claims, and her most recent successes involved liability issues such as failure to diagnose timeously a perforation of the bowel and subsequent sepsis, failure to diagnose and treat a minor child for meningitis with resultant neurological damage.

Carla has also achieved great success in numerous settlements for compensation against the Road Accident Fund in road traffic accidents.  She has assisted in various slip and trip / fall claims, train accidents and dog bite claims.

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LIZANNE VAN HUYSSTEEN

Senior Attorney
Lizanne has been exposed to and gained experience in the following fields of practice:

  • High Court civil procedure in both trial and application matters;
  • Attending court with Counsel and assisting counsel generally;
  • Arranging and attending consultations with clients together with Counsel;
  • Compiling briefs and instructions to Counsel;
  • Drafting opinions;
  • Obtaining a good working knowledge of the Rules of Court;
  • Performing inspections in loco;
  • Drafting pleadings, various notices and affidavits, including discovery affidavits;
  • Attending pre-trial conferences, negotiations, including settlement negotiations;
  • Preparing for trial and general litigation;
  • Personal injury claims;
  • Medical negligence claims

She was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa on 8 June 2015.

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ANGELA ALLAN

Office Manager
Angela Allan is our office manager. She brings over 19 years of administrative experience in office management and accounting.

Angela has been with Malcolm Lyons and Brivik Attorneys since 2008 and oversees both the accounting and management of our Cape Town and Johannesburg offices.

In her spare time, Angela enjoys travelling and exploring Cape Town’s beautiful sights with her husband and two sons.

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ALEXA RUBIN

Candidate Attorney
Alexa Rubin is a motivated and passionate Law Graduate who prides herself in her professional problem-solving skills, determination and compassionate nature.

Alexa joined Malcolm Lyons & Brivik Attorneys in 2020 as an Article Clerk after completing her LLB Degree in 2019 at the University of the Free State through a correspondence course offered by Varsity College in Cape Town. She is eager to broaden her skill set and knowledge in the legal field.

Outside of work, she loves keeping fit, taking part in outdoor activities and is always open to new adventures.

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MARCO VAN DER WALT

Candidate Attorney
Marco joined Malcolm Lyons & Brivik Inc. as a Candidate Attorney in 2020. He had completed his BCom in Law in 2017 at the University of the North West in Potchefstroom (NWU Potchefstroom), majoring in Economics and Law.

Marco further completed his LLB in 2019 at NWU Potchefstroom. He has very well developed interpersonal skills and functions both efficiently in a group dynamic and on his own. At his time at university, he had been extensively involved in the management of student life and had served his university by holding positions on structures such as Executive Committees and House Committees.

Outside of the firm, he finds keen interest in both reading and art, is an avid swimmer, traveller and enjoys outdoor adventures.

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HEIDI WAGNER

Candidate Attorney
Heidi completed her Bachelor of Commerce Degree (BCom) at the North-West University of Potchefstroom in 2016. She majored in law, economics as well as business management and became a member of the Golden Key International Academic Honour Society.

Heidi further completed her Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB) in 2018 at the North-West University in Potchefstroom as well as participated in an exchange program which allowed her to study abroad at the University of Amsterdam for a period of 6 months where she majored in International Human Rights Law and Criminal Law. She officially joined the Malcolm Lyons & Brivik Attorneys firm in 2019 as a Candidate Attorney.

She prides herself on integrity, self-discipline and perseverance for success. Her hobbies include travelling, meeting new and diverse people as well as experiencing novel opportunities.

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JULIA LAMPRECHT

Candidate Attorney
Meet Julia Lamprecht, one of our Cape Town Candidate Attorneys. Julia joined Malcolm Lyons & Brivik Attorneys Inc. in 2020 after completing her Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) at Stellenbosch University in 2019.

During her time at Stellenbosch University, Julia participated in various societies and fulfilled multiple leadership roles which ultimately assisted in the development of her critical thinking and thought leadership skills.

Julia is a passionate creative with a love for watercolour painting and design. She has a keen interest in all things history and enjoys watching documentaries. She is somewhat of a coffee addict and enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family.

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LUCILLE PARIES

Receptionist and Legal Secretary
Lucille joined Malcolm Lyons and Brivik Attorneys in 1989 as a legal secretary and personal assistant to Nicola Brivik. She is currently employed as a receptionist and legal secretary working directly under Mr Brivik.

Lucille obtained a diploma in administrative and secretarial studies and regards herself as a conscientious, sincere and reliable person who is always eager to learn. She enjoys working with diverse clients from different backgrounds. She strives for excellence in everything that she does and equally tries to execute it in a professional manner.

Her interests include outdoor activities and reading.

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SHABNAM EBRAHIM

Legal Secretary
Shabnam joined Malcolm Lyons & Brivik Attorneys in 2004 as a legal secretary working directly as the assistant to Mr Tzvi Brivik. She obtained a Diploma in Paralegal Studies in 2009 and subsequently offered an opportunity by the firm to complete a bookkeeping course in 2010.

Shabnam is a hardworking, diligent and meticulous person who excels in both individual and team settings. She thoroughly values working and engaging with people of all ages and cultures and is also a very eager, humble and fast learner.

Being an enthusiastic individual with commendable work ethic, she prides herself on integrity, reliability, consistency and success. She regards herself as a “people’s person” with a keen sense of interpersonal skills and a rather relatable personality which enables her to communicate effectively with individuals of all ages and stature.

Shabnam’s interests include reading, music, exploring human diversity like cultural aspects as well as travelling.

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CANDY MANZINI

Legal Secretary
Candy joined Malcolm Lyons and Brivik Attorneys Inc. in October 2016 as a legal secretary. She is a talented, humble and hardworking woman who strives to achieve her goals against all odds. She also has a high aptitude of learning and is inspired by new and dynamic opportunities.

Candy completed an administration and client care course within LEAD (Legal Education and Development – Law Society of South Africa) in 2011 and was offered to study a civil diploma by Mr Brivik in 2019. She is currently studying a BCompt in Financial Accounting part-time with UNISA.

Her hobbies include learning new things, camping, playing tennis and music.

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IN MEMORIAM: MALCOLM LYONS

Founder

Photo: Malcolm Lyons with Erin Brockovich in the USA

In 1965 and with just a few files, our founder Malcolm Lyons envisaged a practice solely devoted to assisting plaintiffs in their litigation to recover damages for injuries they sustained at the hands of negligent third parties.

At the time this was a completely novel idea. There were various firms that practised insurance litigation but did not do so exclusively on behalf of plaintiffs. Those firms at that time had not considered a fee agreement contingent on success in order to provide access to justice and access to the courts which would otherwise have been unavailable to the ordinary man in the street.

Mr Lyons on the strength of his own conviction pursued claims where he thought there was merit on behalf of plaintiffs and was determined to rectify any injustice when he could. The claims were varied. Although a large part of the practice grew to include recovery of damages against the Motor Vehicle Fund and its successor for the Road Accident Fund arising out of injuries which clients sustained in motor vehicle accidents, this was by no means the sole purvey of the practise.

Within a short time, he recognised that doctors were not impervious to mistakes and that their conduct could be below the standard and duty of care which was expected of them.

In the early years, it was not easy for a patient to question the conduct of the treating doctor who may have been negligent, and to pursue a claim against that doctor. A mindset of the “doctor is always right” persisted.

Obtaining medical opinion from practising doctors was also extremely difficult. At first, it was difficult to obtain co-operation from within the medical profession. Doctors closed ranks around their colleagues and it was almost impossible to obtain an opinion regarding the treating doctor’s conduct.

Mr Lyons over time was able to solicit opinions from the medical profession. It was the appeal to a sense of justice and of the undoing of a wrong which prevailed.

Attending various conferences abroad to educate himself not only on how such litigation has been conducted in Europe and in the United States of America but also by attending Medical conferences to better understand and equip himself medically to pursue claims on behalf of quadriplegics and patients with a brain injury. He imported this knowledge into the legal and medical fraternities of South Africa.

He applied this knowledge, to his many successful matters often having to educate not only persons within the medical profession but also experienced litigators and judges on what would be negligent conduct and also what the day to day lives of the severely injured entailed.

It is this broad-minded and innovative approach to the practice of law with the infusion of medicine that enabled him to successfully build his practice and the brand and to assist thousands of victims of personal injury during his career.

He has been described as an astute attorney with real class and style, a legend, a great teacher, dignified and generous.

The way in which you are remembered reflects the way in which you have conducted yourself in life.

We appreciate all your support, and kind words, and look forward to working with you in the future.

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