Emma Smith
Emma SmithCandidate Attorney

An overview

Emma has a broad range of legal interests which include intellectual property and the law of delict including defamation in publishing and social media. She prefers to express solutions in plain language and is passionate about making the law understandable and accessible.

University of Cape Town: LLB 2013 – 2015

Rhodes University: Masters in Science (Zoology) 2009 – 2011

Rhodes University: Bachelor of Science Honours (Zoology) 2009

Rhodes University: Bachelor of Science (Geology and Zoology) 2006 – 2008

  • Intellectual Property
  • Defamation
  • Data privacy and protection
  • Product liability
  • Contractual relationships involving online retailers and consumer liability
  • Company law relating to shareholders agreements
  • Member of editorial team for the book ‘Introduction to International Law’ by TW Bennett and J Strug, Juta (2013)
  • Lead author for the revision of Uniform Rule of Court 14 and Magistrate’s Court Rule 54 for the Rules Board of South Africa
Besides Emma’s interest in new technologies, her hobbies include music, art and hiking. In her spare time, you will find her rummaging through furniture junk shops looking for great bargains.
Emma is a qualified Zoologist but opted to go the legal route because of her passion to approach legal issues with meticulous and systematic thinking. She joined Michalsons in 2016 as an Candidate Attorney to do just that.

She has undertaken extensive academic research. Her final dissertation dealt with liability for occupational damages on a class action scale with reference to the mining sector. The development of class action suits and labour law continue to be an area that she follows closely.

Emma is a confident and competent public speaker who has experience in presenting at academic conferences and colloquiums. She enjoys using public speaking to explain complex ideas in a clear, simple and engaging way.