About us

FDP law is a full service law firm

The FDP Law Team

A Brief summary

Established 1 October 2019, FDP Law is a full-service law firm under the directorship of Francois Pienaar, a highly accomplished and experienced commercial and litigation attorney (previously of Ward, Ward & Pienaar Attorneys). We pride ourselves in our high-quality service and quick turn-around times to ensure that your matters are resolved efficiently and successfully. We also boast a dedicated Collections department to handle all of your debt-collection needs at competitive rates, as well as being a Level 4 B-BBEE contributor.

The FDP Law Team

Francois Pienaar

Director [B.Comm, LLB]

Francois Pienaar is the director and shareholder of FDP Law. Having graduated with his B.Comm, LLB from the University of Stellenbosch, he commenced his articles in 1991 with Tinus Slabber and Associates. He became a salaried partner in the firm and then in 1996, together with Tinus Slabber, he joined Webber Wentzel Bowens Attorneys. In 2001 he joined Delport & Ward Attorneys as a partner and shortly thereafter the firm Ward, Ward & Pienaar was established. After nearly 30 years in the game, Francois decided to start his own firm and hence FDP Law came into being in October 2019. Practice Areas: Civil law, with specific expertise in commercial work (including contractual drafting), trusts, commercial litigation, insolvency, property, wills and estates, intellectual property and family law (particularly divorce). Outside of the office, Francois enjoys reading fiction and rock and surf angling (sometimes simultaneously).

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Shayni Pappin

Associate [LLB, LLM]

Shayni graduated with her LLB from the University of Cape Town in 2015 and went on to do her LLM in Commercial Law at UCT in 2016, with a semester exchange at Queens University in Canada. Following completion of her articles at Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys in 2018, Shayni joined Ward Ward & Pienaar Attorneys as an Associate, a position which she now fills at FDP Law. Practice Areas: Commercial litigation, general High Court and Magistrates Court litigation, Customs and International Trade, Company law, Insolvency and Labour law. In her spare time, Shayni enjoys musical theatre and can often be seen singing and dancing in community theatre productions around Cape Town.

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Connie Alho

Collections Department

With over 40 years of debt collection experience, Connie heads up our Collections Department together with a team of three experienced debt collection clerks. Connie started her career at Naude & Company in Johannesburg in 1977 and thereafter moved to Bell Dewar & Hall in 1985. Following her relocation to Cape Town, Connie worked at Building Credit Management CC in 1993 and at Cliff Dekker Hofmeyr in 1994. In 2002, she joined Ward Ward and Pienaar as the head of their Collections Department and was instrumental in the establishment of FDP Law with Francois Pienaar in 2019. Our collections clients span across a wide variety of industries including the building industry, Municipalities, banking, advertising, etc.

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Meagan Britz

Candidate Attorney [LLB]

Meagan pursued her passion for helping people by completing her LLB at the University of the Western Cape in 2017 and went on to do her LLM in Labour Law at the same institution in 2018. She is currently in the process of finalizing her thesis on how to incorporate the social obligation norm into the land reform process as a means of safeguarding food security. Meagan is passionate about community service and hopes to pursue this at FDP Law. With her hardworking and diligent work ethic, she strives to make a valuable contribution to the firm. Practice Areas: Commercial litigation, general Magistrates Court litigation, Personal Injury Law, Company law, Insolvency and Labour law. After hours, Meagan enjoys indulging her foodie interests by experiencing new restaurants in and around Cape Town.

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