Meet our team
Attorney & Notary
BSocSci LLB (UKZN)
Viv is originally from St Annes-on-sea, Lancashire in the UK. St Annes is a small seaside town in the north West of England not far from the Lake District. She left school at the age of 16 and not having a clue what she wanted to do, went straight to work at the Head Office of a local life insurance company. She became interested in pursuing a legal career when a car accident, for which she was under insured, left her fighting an insurance company to get paid out what she was due. A student lawyer assisted her and gave her caselaw to quote in corresponding with the insurer which persuaded them to settle her claim without going to court.
At this point “pursuing a legal career” meant becoming a legal assistant or legal secretary, at best, as becoming a lawyer would require a degree which no one in her family had got.
She decided to go to night school whilst working to further her studies but the law module was fully subscribed. Her friend persuaded her to do Maths instead!
She obtained her maths A Level and shortly and around this time met her husband Chris (a South African) who also worked at the insurance company.
They married in 1996 and moved to South Africa a month later. It was in SA that Viv first believed she could attempt her degree as no one would know if she failed.
She completed a BSocSci followed by an LLB at the University of KZN, Pietermaritzburg.
Viv loves music and seeing bands and artists live in concert and she has recently taken up singing lessons. She also loves the theatre and movies as well as good British drama and comedies. Seeing Les Mis in London’s West End in 2017 was an experience she will never forget. Reading is also a passion and some of her top books of all time are A Thousand Splendid Sons, Untamed and The Seven Sisters series. Walking and Yoga are firm favourites when trying to destress at the end of a busy day. Viv travels to the UK regularly to see her family and cant wait to get back there when COVID restrictions are lifted.
Viv has two children Natasha and Max who are both at Laddsworth Primary School in Hilton.
Fern completed her LLB degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2010 and joined our team as an admitted attorney in 2013. She has a general litigation practice and practices out of the Pietermaritzburg High Court, Regional Court and District Court in a wide variety of law including Insolvency, general Civil Litigation, Debt Recovery, Subrogated claims, Medical Negligence, Deceased Estates, Wills and Trusts. Fern has Rights of Appearance in the High Court and regularly appears in the Pietermaritzburg High Court as well as the Regional and District courts in Pietermaritzburg. Fern is a proud mom to a toddler and 5 dogs. As for her free time, well did we mention that she has a toddler, she has no free time, but does love the WildEarth channel.
Chris is hidden in a back office. His mission is to gently encourage everyone at Viv Greene Attorneys to perform beyond their abilities so as to provide you with outstanding service. Should we fail, Chris takes the blame and works hard to resolve the issue. As the token male, he is rarely allowed to meet you but will always be available by phone etc to assist you.
Zonke Madlala is a legal practitioner who deals in Magistrates’ Court Litigation, Criminal Litigation and Estate Administration. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Philosophy and Legal Theory and an LLB, both obtained from Rhodes University in the year 2014 and 2016 respectively. Having completed her articles of clerkship with Legal Aid South Africa in 2019, she believes in the realisation of the right to equal access to justice for all persons, especially the indigent. Her interests outside the law include, photography and serial killer documentaries.
Razina is a legal practitioner who deals with Magistrates’ Court Litigation, High Court Litigation and Contracts. She holds a BCom and an LLB from the University of Kwazulu-Natal and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Maritime Law. During her time at UKZN, she received the Dean’s Commendation, and served as the President of the Golden Key International Honour Society, UKZN Chapter. Razina enjoys mountain-biking and is obsessed with Jungle Oats Peanut Butter Bars.
Candidate Legal Practitioner
Ameera is a 2nd year Candidate Legal Practitioner. In 2020, Ameera graduated with an LLB from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg campus, where she received the Dean’s Commendation. Ameera is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society (Top 15% UKZN Law). She is very passionate about the law and intends to pursue a Master’s degree in Business Law.
Candidate Legal Practitioner
Sadiyyah is a 2nd year Candidate Legal Practitioner. In 2020, Sadiyyah graduated with an LLB, from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg campus, where she received the Dean’s Commendation. Sadiyyah is very passionate about the law and has keen interests in criminal law, Estates and Intellectual Property. She intends to further her studies in Islamic Law.
Candidate Legal Practitioner
Jamie is a 1st year candidate legal practitioner who joined our team in January 2022. She was born and raised in Pretoria, where she obtained her LLB degree (Cum Laude) at the University of Pretoria. She is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society ( Top 15% at UP) awarded to her in 2019. Jamie is furthering her studies part-time at UKZN, where she is studying towards her LLM in Business Law. Her passion for business was ignited by growing up in her parents’ small business, located in Pretoria. Jamie hopes to serve and leave each client, small business, and corporate entity in a better position than before their paths crossed. She loves animals, cooking and going to coffee shops for a good cup of coffee. In her spare time, she enjoys refurbishing furniture or any household item by using chalk-based paint and stencilling techniques. Jamie is fluent in English, Afrikaans and hopes to become fluent in conversational isiZulu within 2 years.
Reception and Marketing
Anasia has over 18 years of experience as a legal secretary and worked for several prominent law firms in Pietermaritzburg before joining Viv Greene Attorney at the beginning of 2018. She is Ferns secretary and handles High, Regional, and Magistrates Court litigation for a broad base of instructing attorneys around the country. She is an integral part of the team and is always willing to go the extra mile to help. She loves her work and spending quality time with her family.
Carmen is a part of the vital support staff at Viv Greene Attorneys and has been with the firm since its inception in 2011. She is Viv’s secretary and is also involved with the daily office management and administration of the firm, correspondent work and accounts. She is a dedicated mom of 3 teenagers and enjoys spending time with family. She loves doing gel nails on weekends for friends and family, hair and make-up and is also a beginner crocheter. She is an organ donor and knows the value of being one as her eldest son was given the Gift Of Life with a liver transplant in 2018. She enjoys listening to music of all genres. Her most enjoyable holiday destination is Cape Town especially during the summer months!
Vanessa van Staden
Vanessa van Staden Vanessa joined Viv Greene Attorneys at the beginning of June 2021. She is Fern’s secretary and handles High, Regional, and Magistrates’ Court litigation for a broad base of instructing attorneys around the country. She also has experience in Labour Law, Liquidations and Business Rescue. Vanessa enjoys interior decorating as well as transforming friends and family with Colour Me Beautiful Style makeovers. Vanessa and her husband relish great food and experimenting with cuisines from all over the world. She especially loves whodunnits and figuring out who the murderer is before anyone else!
Tracy Van Den Broek
Tracy worked for a number of prominent firms in Pretoria before relocating to KZN and is now a valued member of the team at Viv Greene Attorneys. She is Viv’s secretary and has experience in Debt Collections, correspondent work and daily office administration. She enjoys her work and also values time spent with her loved ones.
Deseray has been working in the legal industry from 2001. She has experience in high court and magistrates’ court litigation, commercial, debt collection and labour law. Deseray enjoys cooking for her family and friends, gardening, and spending time with family.
Phyllis has been with Viv Greene Attorneys since its inception in 2011. She is a member of the support team and her wide-ranging duties include receipting of legal documents, drawing diary, filing and scanning of documents, as well as other general office administration