Hill Dickinson was delighted to sponsor the attendance at the recent Maritime Law Association of South Africa AGM and Conference, of Advocates Minikazi Mtati and Byron Jackson, both in their first year at the Durban bar. The conference was held at the Drakensburg Sun from 16th to 18th August.
A Certificate of Appreciation was accepted from Minikazi Mtati by Ian MacLean, a partner and master mariner from the Hill Dickinson Singapore office, who spoke at the conference on Major Container Vessel Fires: Contractual and Practical Issues.
Gavin Fitzmaurice, the President of the Association, said that the Association was grateful for Hill Dickinson’s support in assisting South Africa’s future generation of maritime lawyers and that he looked forward to both Minikazi and Byron becoming active contributors to the Association and advancing its role in the development of South African admiralty jurisprudence.
Julian Clark, Hill Dickinson’s Global Head of Shipping, noted that the firm had a long and strong connection with South Africa in general and the Maritime Law Association in particular. He added that he was delighted that Hill Dickinson had been given the opportunity to sponsor Minikazi and Byron. Such sponsorship is vitally important in assisting those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, who would not be otherwise able to attend such conferences, to meet and network with maritime legal professionals from both South Africa and the wider international legal community.