About Us

AC De Sousa Attorneys is a firm with over 20 years’ experience in personal injury matters, both nationally and internationally. We strive to make a difference in people's lives, in situations when they desperately need help. We pride ourselves in seeking solutions to our clients’ problems that are innovative, brave and groundbreaking. We do not accept that injustice can ever be part of our law and where we have encountered such injustice, we have changed the law, as in the case of Da Silva v Road Accident Fund. We do not settle for mediocrity and ensure that our clients receive the maximum amount of compensation that our law allows.

We understand that our clients find themselves at a particularly vulnerable situation when claiming compensation and for that reason we are completely transparent, allowing our clients access to information at any point in time. Our approach is one of consultation with clients, providing them with all the information they will need to make difficult decisions.

We realize most of our clients either do not have the funds to litigate or simply cannot afford to invest their savings in litigation. We take all matters on a contingency basis and firmly adhere to the provisions of the Contingency Fee Agreements Act. We also go one step further, in that we pay for all the costs associated with obtaining expert medical opinions and the costs of advocates. If, for whatever reason, the matter is not successful or is withdrawn, we do not charge our clients for the costs of the expert opinions or advocates. Furthermore, on successful completion of the matter our clients do not pay for the expert opinions or the costs of advocates, as these are paid for by the losing party. All our clients pay, are the fee in terms of the Contingency Act, with us there are no hidden costs.

Staff

Our staff are passionate about personal injury law and are passionate about their clients.

Antonio C de Sousa

Antonio C de Sousa

Antonio was admitted to practice as an attorney in 1996. His first exposure to personal injury law was in Durban in 1999, when he worked for a leading personal injury law firm in Durban. In 2001 Antonio joined the Shipman Inquiry in Manchester as an assistant to the Solicitor to the Inquiry. Antonio was tasked with gathering, analyzing and preparing evidence for the Inquiry for presentation to the chairlady, Dame Janet Smith DBE.

In 2002, after being admitted to practice as a Solicitor in England and Wales, Antonio joined Halliwell Landau (then a top 50 Law Firm in England) at their Manchester Offices, working in their Insurance department, defending personal injury claims. He represented some of the biggest Insurance Companies in England including, Norwich Union, XL Winterthur (now XL Group) and American Insurance Group. Antonio dealt with Injury on Duty matters, especially occupational diseases representing clients in the County Courts and the High Courts.

In 2004, Antonio returned to South Africa and started AC DE SOUSA ATTORNEYS. Specializing in all personal injury claims.

Aveena Surubally

Aveena Surubally

Aveena graduated from the University of KwaZulu - Natal with her LLB degree in 2007. She served her articles with a firm in Durban whilst completing her post graduate training at the school for Legal Practice.

She was admitted as an attorney in 2009 and admitted as attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2010. In September 2011 she joined AC De Sousa Attorneys and is currently an associate.

She is a highly qualified individual with a proven track record of successful litigation through efficient and meticulous work. Her passion for her work allows her to provide the best legal service for the firm’s clients. Aveena specialises in MVA law, Medical Negligence, Wills and Estates, and litigation in the Magistrates Court, Regional Court and High court.

Diane Jepp

Diane Jepp

Diane attended Rhodes University, where she read for a BA (law), LLB and PGD in International Studies, qualifying as an Attorney in 2000. Shortly thereafter Diane moved to England where she lived and practised law over a 10 year period, first working as a Foreign Lawyer and thereafter qualifying as an English Solicitor.

During her practice in London Diane joined the London based City law firm, Holman Fenwick & Willan, and worked for 7 years in their London based office, specialising in international dispute resolution and assisting high profile corporate clients across the globe, including the London market, Australia, USA, North African and Europe on commercial issues arising from reinsurance disputes, commutations, run-off business and managing treaty claims.

Diane returned to South African in 2012 and joined AC De Sousa Attorneys, and manages their Grahamstown branch office in the Eastern Cape, focusing on personal injury litigation, in particular medical negligence.

Leona Reddy

Leona Reddy

Leona matriculated in 2008 from Danville Park Girls High School. She obtained her LLB Degree from the University of KwaZulu - Natal Howard College in 2013. She served her 2 year candidacy in a Durban Law Firm and completed her professional legal training within this period.

She served an internship at the Durban Legal Resource Centre in April 2016. She was admitted as an Attorney in May 2016. She joined A C de Sousa Attorneys in July 2016 and is currently a Professional Assistant.

She was admitted as an Attorney of the High court in August 2016. Her enthusiasm, compassion and dedication equips her to provide the best legal service to individuals.