Born in 1956 in Bloemfontein. Married to Maria. Six children and five grandchildren.
Matriculated at Grey College, Bloemfontein in 1973 with distinctions in Latin and Science.
Graduated with a Baccalaureus Procurationis degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1977.
Bachelor of Laws, University of the Witwatersrand, 1981.
Master of Laws (Shipping Law) at the University of Cape Town, 2003
Served as a commissioned officer in the South African Defence Force from 1978 to 1979.
Worked as a Regional Court Prosecutor in Johannesburg, Randburg and Krugersdorp from 1980 to 1983.
Practised as an advocate at the Johannesburg Bar from 1983 to 1989. Mainly criminal practice for the first few years, then labour law.
Practised as an advocate at the Cape Bar from 1989 to 1992. General Practice.
Served as a Civil Magistrate at Cape Town from 1992 to 1999.
Worked as an attorney for Bowman Gilfillan from 1999 to 2017, doing labour law and general civil litigation.
APPEARANCES IN REPORTED DECISIONS
South African Riding for the Disabled v Regional Land Claims Commissioner and others  ZACC 4
S v Mitchell and another  1 All SA 332 (A)
PUBLICATIONS – ACADEMIC ARTICLES
Fundamental Breach – Has the baby gone out with the Bathwater – Tulane Maritime Journal, Volume 29 p 45
South African Maritime Law Update – Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, Volume 37 p 403
South African Admiralty and its English Origins – Will it Jump or Must it be Pushed – Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, Volume 36 p 61
Seafarers and Shipowners – Finding a Balance – Nature of Law (BG publication) 2005
South African Maritime Law Update – Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, Volume 38 p 415
A Relative Concept – safe port/berth clauses – Maritime Risk International, September 2008
Legal Certainty and the Incorporation of Charterparty Arbitration Clauses in Bills of Lading – Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, Volume 40 p 115
South African Maritime Law Update – Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, Volume 40 p 453
South African Maritime Law Update – Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, Volume 41 p 385
First prize, Charles Taylor Consulting Essay Competition, 2004, for the essay “The Use or Abuse of the Corporate Veil in Shipping”.