UKZN Alumnus Achieves Great Strides in the Legal Sector
For UKZN Alumnus Mr Randhir Naicker pursuing his Masters of Law degree gave him an opportunity to explore his interest in company law which in turn provided him with a foundation for a successful law career.
Naicker, whose Business Law experience sees him advising on the Companies Act, negotiating and drafting commercial agreements and setting up franchises, was recently appointed as a Partner at Cox Yeats after joining the firm in 2013.
Apart from specialising in Business Law, Naicker is a Conveyancer and has extensive experience in the medical schemes industry having practised as In House Legal Counsel for Momentum’s Health division for six years where he became more familiar with the Medical Schemes Act and the medical schemes industry.
He holds a BA and LLB but it was through studying an LLM at UKZN’s School of Law that he sharpened his legal skills.
‘An LLM allowed me to consider issues in more detail and develop my research skills which is always useful in practice. It also allowed me to present my opinion and challenge existing views. Traditionally an LLB was very theoretical (I’m not sure how much this has changed) with students not having much understanding of law and its practical application. A postgraduate degree is certainly useful in allowing you to acquire more knowledge and be recognised as having done so, law is one of those professions were having an LLM helps distinguish a student from other candidates for any position, he said.
Speaking on his new position, Naicker says he is looking forward to taking the company to greater heights.
‘Being a Partner at Cox Yeats means being in a position of responsibility. Together with my other Partners I am now responsible for management and operational issues facing the firm. It also allows me to participate more meaningfully in strategy and influence the future of Cox Yeats,’ explained Naicker.Thandiwe Jumo