About Us

A Rich History With Strong Foundations

Protecting the Law Since 1902

Established in May 1902 when Edward Jeffrey Holgate & Fred Blamey formed their partnership.

In 1955 the firm merged with Renaud, Fellows-Smith & Mooney with whom they had a long & close association. This resulted in the name change to Mooney Ford & Partners. The firm continued under this name from 1955 – 2002 when it changed its name to the present day Mooney Ford.

Various prominent lawyers have practised at Mooney Ford, including the legendary Jack Mooney, a well0known sportsman and Wally Chaplin, who, in the 1960s, was a President of the Natal Law Society and President of the then Association of Law Societies.

Today Mooney Ford is made up of a number of partners practising in various specialist and general fields of law. The firms head office is well-positioned in the Durban CBD area as well as a conveniently situated branch office in the Durban North area.

Our Philosophy

Client Focused

We provide a variety of legal services tailored to our clients specific needs, allowing them to focus on their business while we handle the legal issues.

 

Team Driven

Our clients have the benefit of experienced attorneys focusing on each individual matter, addressing their concerns in order to find the best solution.

 

Forward Thinking

We keep abreast of new developments in the ever changing field of law, researching current trends & precedents both local and overseas. 

Our Partners

Ian King

Ian King

Managing Partner

Ian’s legal skills are varied with experience in most fields, however his preferred areas of practice include litigation, commercial work and insolvencies. Ian joined the firm in 1990, was made partner in 1997 and became the managing partner in 2011. Ian’s business law experience includes advising on the Companies Act, negotiating, drafting and concluding commercial agreements as well as business rescue and liquidation applications

John Murray

John Murray

Partner

John is the firms longest serving partner, having joined the firm in 1972. John’s practice mainly matrimonial and family law, but he also has experience in commercial and general litigation. John has been a member of the legal fraternity for almost 5 decades and as such has expertise in almost every aspect of law.

Ashton Naidoo

Ashton Naidoo

Partner

Ashton is the newest partner having joined the firm in 2019. He completed a BSocSci in Criminology and an LLB at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and thereafter worked as a legal advisor prior to going into private practice. Ashton has experience in public law, labour& employment law, insurance law, family law and general litigation

Rita Padayachee

Rita Padayachee

Partner

Rita joined the firm as a secretary in 1999, studied part-time and took articles after a few years where after she became an associate in 2006. Rita was offered partnership in 2008. In addition to being a skilled litigator, Rita heads up our Estates Division and specialises in the administration of trusts, deceased estates and curatorship estates. She also has extensive knowledge of insurance and family law.

Mignon Ronne

Mignon Ronne

Partner

Mignon is a qualified conveyancer and one our partners who works in our property division. She was admitted as an attorney in 1999 and joined Mooney Ford in 2004 . She is au fait with all things property and has a wealth of knowledge in Property law, specializing particularly in transfers and sectional title properties.

Louis Simon

Louis Simon

Partner

Louis is a is a specialist conveyancer and leads the property department with his substantial experience in transfers, bonds and servitudes. He acts for a number of institutions that require special knowledge of property rights and registration requirements. Louis joined the firm in 1976 and his name has become synonymous with that of Mooney Ford in Durban.

Erik Van Huyssteen

Erik Van Huyssteen

Partner

Erik provides the firm with its commercial law expertise. He acts as an advisor to many large, medium and small businesses, entrepreneurs and public entities. Erik joined the firm from Strauss Daly in 2004. He is a naturally gifted teacher and as such has presented seminars and workshops on a wide range of topics..

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