Bruce Falcon

Director
B Com LLB (Wits) LLM (Melb)

Professional career
Bruce was admitted as an attorney in 1997, having completed his articles with Brink Cohen Le Roux Inc. He worked with Australian law firm, Allens Arthur Robinson, from 1999 to 2002 and then returned to South Africa to establish and practise at Falcon Inc, and later, Falcon & Hume Inc.

Practice areas
Mergers & acquisitions, mining & resources and general corporate & commercial law.

International recognition
Admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia.
Recognised as part of ‘Leaders in their Field’ by Chambers Global (Energy & Natural Resources: Mining) - Chambers Global 2017
Recognised for Corporate Law in Best Lawyers International (2017 Edition)

Falcon & Hume Inc is recognised in:
- Chambers Global (Energy & Natural Resources: Mining) - Chambers Global 2017
- IFLR1000 Energy & Infrastructure (2016) as a Notable law firm in South Africa
- Finance Monthly Global Awards 2017 - Energy & Natural Resources Law Firm of the Year (South Africa)

Contact Details
E: bruce@fhinc.co.za      T: +27 (0)10 594 5003


Andrew Hume

Director
B Bus Sci (Hons) LLB (Cape Town) BCL (Oxon) LLM Tax (SA)

Professional career
Andrew graduated from the University of Cape Town where he was awarded several prizes and class medals,including the Juta Law Prize and the Judge Schock Prize for the best intermediate and final year LLB student. He was admitted as an attorney in 1998, appointed as an associate at Brink Cohen Le Roux Inc. in 1999 and as a director of that firm in 2002. Andrew joined Citigroup in November 2005 as South Africa Country Counsel and Africa Division Counsel. He returned to private practice in May 2009 when he established Falcon and Hume Inc.

Practice areas
Mergers & acquisitions, banking & finance, competition law, information technology law and general corporate & commercial law.

Contact Details
E: andrew@fhinc.co.za      T: +27 (0)10 594 5008


Heather Irvine

Director
BA (Wits) (cum laude) Hons (UCT)(with distinction) LLB (UCT) (magna cum laude)

Professional career
Heather was admitted as an attorney in 2002, after working as a researcher for Justice Albie Sachs at the Constitutional Court of the Republic of South Africa and completing articles with Brink Cohen Le Roux Inc. Heather joined Deneys Reitz Inc (now known as Norton Rose Fulbright) in 2003 where she was ultimately appointed head of the African Competition Law team. Heather joined Falcon & Hume Inc in May 2016. She is an external examiner for the University of the Witwatersrand’s Competition law Undergraduate and Masters programmes.

Practice areas
All aspects relating to competition law, including complaints, merger notifications, search and seizures, leniency applications, competition law training and compliance. Also telecommunications law and pricing regulation.

International recognition
The only African nominee in Global Competition Review’s Top 40 competition lawyers under 40 (2012)
Recognized by Global Competition Review in Women in Antitrust (2013)
Highly ranked antitrust lawyer by Chambers Global, IFLR and Euromoney.
Co-chair of the International Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Committee between 2013 and 2015

Contact Details
E: heather@fhinc.co.za      T: +27 (0)10 594 5022


Pieter Smit

Director
BA LLB (Stell)

Professional career
Pieter was admitted as an attorney in 2009, having served articles at Webber Wentzel. Pieter practised as an Associate at Webber Wentzel from 2009 to 2012, and as a Senior Associate at Webber Wentzel from 2012 until April 2014, advising blue chip clients on high profile commercial and litigious matters with a focus on the mining industry. Pieter was appointed as a Director at Falcon and Hume Inc in May 2014.

Practice areas
Mining, minerals and natural resources, regulatory laws, administrative law and commercial litigation.

International recognition
Author of the South African chapter on Mining Law & Practice (5th edition) published by Law Business Research Ltd.

Contact Details
E: pieter@fhinc.co.za      T: +27 (0)10 594 5009


Estelle Bester

Senior Associate
B Com LLB (cum laude) (Stell) LLM (cum laude) (Wits)

Professional career
Estelle was admitted as an attorney in 2011. She completed her articles at Rudolph, Bernstein & Associates (now Baker & McKenzie South Africa) in Johannesburg and was appointed as an associate at that firm in 2011. She joined Brink Falcon Hume Inc in 2012 as an associate. Her LLM covered SA and international environmental law and advanced administrative law. She was admitted as a notary public in 2016.

Practice areas
Mergers & acquisitions and general corporate & commercial law.

Contact Details
E: estelle@fhinc.co.za      T: +27 (0)10 594 5005


Lizanne Odendaal

Senior Associate
B Acc LLB (Stell)

Professional career
Lizanne commenced her articles at Brink Falcon Hume Inc in 2013, was admitted as an attorney and appointed as an associate of Falcon and Hume Inc in 2015.

Practice areas
General corporate & commercial law

Contact Details
E: lizanne@fhinc.co.za      T: +27 (0)10 594 5019


Robyn Farmer

Associate
BA LLB(cum laude)(Rhodes)

Professional career
Robyn completed her articles at Falcon and Hume Inc in 2017 and was appointed as an associate of Falcon and Hume Inc in January 2017.

Practice areas
Mergers & acquisitions, Competition law, General corporate & commercial law

Contact Details
E: robyn@fhinc.co.za      T: +27 (0)10 594 5012


Natalie Harten

Associate
BSocSc. (UCT) LLB (UCT)

Professional career
Natalie completed her articles at Fasken Martineau (incorporated in South Africa as Bell Dewar Inc) in Johannesburg in February 2017. She was appointed as an associate at Falcon and Hume Inc. in March 2017.

Practice areas
General corporate and commercial law, commercial litigation.

Contact Details
E: natalie@fhinc.co.za      T: +27 (0)10 594 5021


Jeandri Cloete

Candidate Attorney
B Com LLB (UP)

Professional career
Jeandri commenced her articles as a candidate attorney with Falcon and Hume Inc in 2016.

Practice areas
General corporate & commercial law, commercial litigation.

Contact Details
E: jeandri@fhinc.co.za      T: +27 (0)10 594 5018


Niel Jacobs

Candidate Attorney
BCom LLB (UP) LLM (cum laude) (Dund)

Professional career
Niel commenced his articles as a candidate attorney with Falcon and Hume Inc in 2016.

Practice areas
General corporate & commercial law, commercial litigation.

Contact Details
E: niel@fhinc.co.za      T: +27 (0)10 594 5006


Julie Gibbs

Business Manager
B Comm (Hons) (UJ)

Professional Career
Julie obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honours in Financial Management from the University of Johannesburg in 2010. She joined Falcon and Hume Inc in 2010 and was appointed as Business Manager of the firm in 2014.

Contact Details
E: julie@fhinc.co.za      T: +27 (0)10 594 5017