About Chennells Albertyn


Who we are:

We are a medium-sized law firm covering the entire range of legal services.

Our professional staff strive to treat clients with the individual attention that they deserve, and not as mere ‘units’ in a legal machine. Our holistic approach ensures that all aspects and consequences of our client’s case are fully considered, whilst fastidious attention to detail ensures the best possible outcome.

Our early history of acting for the disenfranchised has resulted in today’s conservative approach towards fees, manifesting in a deep concern that each client receives ‘value for money’ in all ways. We pride ourselves on what some might term ‘old-fashioned values’ of integrity and service.

When it comes to our success rate, we take pride in what we have accomplished, as we believe we work harder than most in order to achieve a high rate of success for our clients.

B.A. LL.B (University of Cape Town)


Glyn Williams was admitted to practise in 1988, and is also an admitted attorney in Zimbabwe and Lesotho. He has worked for legal firms in London and Bedford in the UK. Glyn practises in the fields of Commercial and Property Law, Estate Planning and Trusts, Administrative and Environmental Law, Labour Law, Human Rights and Constitutional Law.

Glyn has valuable experience in all forms of litigation related to these areas of law. Glyn also serves on the TOKISO Dispute Settlement Arbitration Panel.

B.Iuris. (University of South Africa)
B.Proc (University of Pretoria)


Fiona Bester was admitted to practise in 1990. Prior to joining Chennells Albertyn, Fiona was the Director of Fiona Viviers Inc. in KwaZulu Natal.

Fiona practises in the fields of Civil Litigation, Labour Law, Family Law and Divorce, Landlord and Tenant Disputes, Road Accident Fund claims, Land Reform, Estate Planning and Trusts. Fiona is experienced in all forms of litigation and takes a keen interest in developing the legal skills of junior staff. Fiona also serves on the Legal Service Panel for the Land Rights Management Facility of the Department of Rural Development & Land Reform.

B.A. (University of Witwatersrand)
LL.B. (University of Cape Town)


Lene Macnab was admitted to practise in 2011. Prior to joining Chennells Albertyn, Lene worked for 15 years in Human Resource Management for a major South African Bank.

Lene practises in the fields of Conveyancing and Property Law, Trusts Law, Estate Planning and Administration of Deceased Estates and assists with Employment Equity and Labour Law.

LL.B (University of South Africa)


Andrew was admitted to practise in 2018.

Andrew has particular experience in residential and commercial leasing, and landlord and tenant disputes. He also has a background and interest in issues of environmental sustainability.

LL.B (University of the Western Cape)


Sheena-Lee was admitted into practice in 2018, after completing law school at the UCT School for Legal Practice and fulfilling her tenure of articles at Chennells Albertyn. She prides herself on meticulous research and excellent legal advice, providing a personalised service to our clients.

Sheena-Lee has experience in Wills, Estate Planning, Trusts and Administration of Deceased Estates and is passionate about the fields of Public, Administration and Labour Law.

BSocSci LL.B (University of Cape Town)


Gawie Hendriksz was admitted to practice in 2020 after completing his contract of articles at Chennells Albertyn Attorneys.

Gawie practises in the fields in civil and criminal litigation, labour law and has particular experience in all forms of dispute resolution, including family law and divorce.

Gawie prides himself in providing clients with effective and practical legal solutions.
GAWIE HENDRIKSZ, Professional Assistant.

LL.B (University of Stellenbosch)


Stian Etsebeth was admitted as a legal practitioner in March 2020 after completing his contract of articles at Chennells Albertyn Attorneys.

Stian has particular experience in civil and criminal litigation, labour law and eviction matters.

Stian is interested in promoting amicable solutions for litigants, and also has a growing interest in benefit-sharing compliance and land law.
STIAN ETSEBETH, Professional Assistant.

BA. LLB. (University of Stellenbosch)


Kurt Gouwsventer is due to be admitted to practice in 2022 after completing his contract of articles at Chennells Albertyn Attorneys.

He has a keen interest in alternative dispute resolution, handling debt collection matters and engaging in legal research.

Kurt aspires to promote amicable and cost-effective legal solutions for clients.
Kurt Gouwsventer, candidate attorney.

BA International Studies (University of Stellenbosch)
LL.B (University of the Western Cape)


Ryan Taylor is due to be admitted to practice in 2021 after completing his contract of articles at Chennells Albertyn Attorneys.

Ryan has particular experience in civil and criminal litigation, labour law and dispute resolution.

Ryan strives for excellence in finding the best solutions for clients

B.Comm. LL.B (University of Stellenbosch) LLM (London School of Economics) Ph.D (University of Lancashire)

Roger Chennells, is the founder member of the firm and was admitted to practise in 1978 in KwaZulu-Natal, in 1984 in the Cape.

Based in Stellenbosch, he has practised generally in the field of Human Rights since 1980, specialising in issues relating to Land, Labour, Farm Workers and Conflict resolution, Arbitration and Mediation. Since the early 1990’s Roger has represented the San people of Southern Africa in achieving Land Tenure, obtaining Cultural and Heritage recognition on a National and International level and the protection of the Intellectual Property Rights of Indigenous People. The rights of Indigenous Peoples has become one of his areas of interest, including teaching “Earth Jurisprudence” which is a form of environmental legal philosophy.

B.Proc (University of Western Cape)
LLM (University of Arizona & Loyola University, Chicago)

Lesle Jansen is Director of Natural Justice’s Cape Town Hub on Governance of Lands & Natural Resources. She is also a consultant to Chennells Albertyn. She is an African indigenous lawyer from South Africa.

She holds a Master’s degree in Indigenous Peoples in International Law from the University of Arizona (USA) & the Rule of Law for Development from Loyola University (Chicago) situated in Rome, Italy.

BSocSc (University of Cape Town) BProc (University of South Africa) LLB (University of South Africa) DPLR (University of South Africa SBL)

William Thomson is an attorney and an ADR Specialist at Chennells Albertyn. He is also a Part-Time Senior Commissioner at the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

William is a Panelist with TOKISO Dispute Settlement and also serves as a mediator and arbitrator on a number of public and private sector Bargaining Councils. William was trained and accredited by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) (UK) as a Commercial Mediator in 2007 and is also an accredited mediator with Conflict Dynamics where he is also part of their Training Faculty. William’s main area of interest and focus is in negotiation, mediation and workplace transformation and change. He has facilitated Strategic Planning Sessions, Relationship Building Interventions, Diversity Workshops and Training Interventions both nationally and internationally for Companies, Trade Unions, Government, NGO’s and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). William also teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution at a number of South African Universities.
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