Dave Oram

Dave Oram is our exclusively recommended Marine Surveying Services expert in South Africa on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Dave directly using the contact details listed above.

Commenced his career in the Marine Surveying industry in 1998, training and working with acknowledged leaders in their field. As his experience grew, Dave became increasingly involved in Project Cargo and Heavy Lift surveys and this is his area of expertise.

Shortly after forming DS Oram & Associates cc, Dave was invited to join a team of specialists to assess the feasibility of loading, discharge and movement to site of heavy super-loads moving through the port of Durban.

Firm Overview:

D S Oram & Associates are highly-skilled specialist Marine Cargo Survey, Loss Control and Risk Management.

Services Providers. Although based in Durban, South Africa’s premier cargo port, our appointments have taken us to Europe, the Americas and throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. D S Oram & Associates were recently confirmed as

Group Marine Surveyors for a leading international electrical engineering and manufacturing group.

We have nearly 60 years combined experience in the cargo surveying, risk management and marine insurance industries.


  • Our specialist area is the surveying and management of heavy lift Project Cargo such as machinery, transformers and mining and manufacturing equipment.
  • Marine and Goods in Transit Claim Investigations.
  • Loading and Discharge Supervision Surveys and Tallying.
  • Cargo claims investigation, assessment and adjustment.
  • Risk management and loss control programme design, development and implementation.
  • Port Captain attendances worldwide with a highly skilled team of Supercargoes.

Mike Patterson

Mike Patterson is our exclusively recommended Marine & Cargo Surveying Services expert in South Africa on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mike directly using the contact details listed above.

Mike formed Patterson & Associates at the end of 1989 in South Africa. Today we have offices in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique.

The object was to provide the local and international marine insurance industry, importers and exporters, Port Authorities and local and international Maritime Law Firms with a specialised marine surveying, loss adjusting, risk assessment and investigative service.

Today the company represents a wide range of clients worldwide.

For example we are survey agents for insurers and insurance brokers in Africa, Europe, the United Kingdom, United States and Australia.

Our survey and investigative work is carried out throughout Southern Africa, East Africa and including Indian Ocean countries i.e. Madagascar / Mauritius / Seychelles / Reunion, etc.

As part of our quick reaction time, in particular in Southern African countries, we have offices in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Maputo, Beira, Harare and Lusaka.

A list of Mike’s services can be found below:

  • Marine insurance claim investigations / surveys pertaining to containerised cargo / break-bulk cargo / dry and liquid bulk cargo, etc;
  • Marine cargo surveys i.e. condition / verification / quality and quantity;
  • Loading and discharge supervision of high value / high volume / high risk cargo;
  • Pre-shipment condition / quantity / status surveys;
  • Cargo tally and monitoring;
  • Project cargos;
  • Stock throughput claims;
  • Warehouse claims i.e. theft / fire damage / water damage, etc;
  • Storage risk assessments;
  • Derailments;
  • Cargo truck hi-jackings;
  • Tracing & Recoveries;
  • Arbitrations concerning sales contract claims falling outside the scope of marine cargo insurance cover.

Advisory Excellence Appoints Mike Patterson and Patterson & Associates in South Africa (streetinsider.com)

Mark Leathers

Mark Leathers is our exclusively recommended Property Law expert in South Africa on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mark directly using the contact details listed above.

Mark was born in Benoni in 1984 and attended Nigel Primary School and thereafter the Drakensberg Boys Choir, St Alban’s College and Hoërskool Johan Jurgens. He attended varsity at the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (PUKKE) and graduated with his undergraduate degree from UNISA in 2009 and his Master’s degree in private law in 2015.

Mark served his articles of clerkship at Mc Naught and Company from July 2006 and in 2010 was admitted as an Attorney, Notary and Conveyancer and became a partner at Mc Naught and Company. In 2019, Mark has taken over as the director of the firm based at our Bluff office.

In addition to being an attorney, Mark is an experienced conveyancer and notary public, assisting conveyancing software providers in formulating documents and providing advisory services to various local councils on property law matters.

Mark has a number of select multi-national clients that he serves as legal counsel for, handling their commercial litigation, structuring, contracts and credit security requirements.

Firm Overview:

We’re here to help you

We don’t see ourselves as your law firm but as part of your team. This means that we make it our mission to not only understand who you are and what your business is, but to truly take the time to understand your challenges or tasks ahead and come up with an innovative, dynamic and cost-effective solution for you.

What makes us unique is that as part of your team we are accessible and deliver hands on attention to each matter we deal with.

Advisory Excellence Appoints Mark Leathers and Mc Naught & Co. in South Africa (streetinsider.com)

Mariëtte du Plessis

Mariëtte du Plessis is our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in South Africa on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mariëtte directly using the contact details listed above.

Mariëtte is currently a senior partner in the Trade Mark Litigation section of the Trade Marks Department. She has been a partner in the firm of Adams & Adams since 1997 and is an experienced top-tier ranked IP attorney with over 30 years of experience in IP. She served on the Minister of Trade’s Standing Advisory Committee on IP for a number of years. She was the chairlady of the Trade Mark Litigation section in 2009 and has chaired the Design Committee and initiated the firm’s sponsorships for The Design Indaba, The Loeries Advertising Awards and South African Music Awards (SAMAs) to raise awareness of IP amongst creatives and performing artists in South Africa. She currently serves on the firm’s African and the Marketing committees.

Mariëtte specialises in all trade mark, copyright, advertising law and domain name related disputes throughout Africa, as well as regulatory advice. She represents high profile South African and international clients in their trade mark and copyright matters throughout Africa. She is the client relation partner for many of the firm’s top local and international clients.

Mariëtte has been involved in a number of high-profile cases over the years.  In the case of Pioneer Foods (Pty) Ltd v Bothaville Milling (Pty) Ltd, she successfully represented the respondent in the case up to the Supreme Court of Appeal. It is regarded as the “road map” for passing off cases in South Africa. She is also a Senior Adjudicator for .co.za domain name disputes.

Mariëtte served as a Council Member of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) for many years and was the President in 2007. She served on and chaired the Copyright and Trade Mark Law committees of SAIIPL for many years. She received a Presidential Award in 2012.

Mariëtte has served on numerous INTA committees including Africa Legislative Analysis committee (and chaired it), PDA Council, the OAPI/ARIPO sub-committee and currently the Law Firm Management sub-committee. She is also currently the secretary of the Marques International Trade Mark Team and serves on the Working Group on the Improvement of ARIPO.

Mariëtte has a particular interest in IP aspects of the arts, design and advertising, with a focus on educating young creative talents to protect their IP. She regularly lectures on IP at advertising and design schools.

Mariëtte du Plessis has written numerous articles on a wide range of IP related topics in South Africa and published articles in World Trade Mark Review, Marques newsletters and local publications, including De Rebus, the leading publication for attorneys in South Africa. She has also presented talks on IP at many South African conferences. She has been quoted in newspaper articles and is regularly approached for interviews by local newspapers, radio and television stations.

Firm Overview:

Adams & Adams is an internationally recognised and leading African law firm that specialises in providing intellectual property and commercial services.

With primary office locations in South Africa and branches and associate offices in a number of African countries, our firm’s leadership position is reflected in the ground-breaking work we do, the valuable client relationships we have and the quality of our professionals.

Our more than 200 professionals specialise in various legal and technical disciplines in intellectual property law, commercial and property law, and litigation. We proudly represent many of the world’s largest corporations and organisations, as well as small to medium-sized companies, and our 70 partners are established pathfinders and thought leaders in their respective practice areas.

Our Intellectual Property law practices work with clients around the globe and across many industries to protect, enforce and commercialise their intellectual property including trade marks, patents, copyright
and designs.

Likewise, our general commercial legal services practices boast competent and powerful teams that are purposed to represent clients in expertise areas such as commercial litigation, property services, public procurement, banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, tax, franchising, personal injury, arbitration and dispute resolution, and technology, among others.

Advisory Excellence Appoints Mariëtte du Plessis and Adams & Adams in South Africa (streetinsider.com)

FNB – First National Bank

FNB is our exclusively recommended Fiduciary Law firm in South Africa on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact FNB directly using the contact details listed above.

FNB is the oldest bank in South Africa, and can be traced back to the Eastern Province Bank formed in Grahamstown in 1838. Today, FNB trades as a division of FirstRand Bank Limited. When looking at FNB’s history, two things in particular stand out. The first is a story of survival – different circumstances in South Africa have posed many great challenges in our history, all of which FNB has successfully met. This track record provides a strong foundation for our future challenges. The second is a story of people – our history has always been firmly influenced by the needs of the people we serve.

The Acacia tree in our brand logo is a suitable representation of our history. Our roots run deep in South Africa, and we have grown thanks to our commitment to serving the needs of our clients and communities.

A landmark development in FNB’s history took place in 1998 when the financial services interests of Rand Merchant Bank Holdings and Anglo American were merged to form FirstRand Limited. In the process, FNB was delisted from the JSE on 22 May 1998 to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of FirstRand, which was listed on the JSE on 25 May 1998. On 30 June 1999, the banking interests of FirstRand formally merged into a single entity to form FirstRand Bank. FNB, WesBank and RMB now trade as divisions of FirstRand Bank.

FNB is opening five new ‘community’ branches this month – and 20 more next year (businessinsider.co.za)

Ryan Cummings

Ryan Cummings is our exclusively recommended Risk Management Services expert in South Africa on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ryan directly using the contact details listed above.

Ryan is a director of Signal Risk. He is an independent consultant to various international news media outlets including the New York Times, TIME magazine, the Associated Press, Al-Jazeera, AFP and Deutsche Welle. He is also a contributor to publications and think tanks, most notably CNN, the Tony Blair Foundation, the International Peace Institute (IPI) and Henley and Partners, on issues of terrorism, conflict, migration and political instability in Africa.

Firm Overview:

Signal Risk specialises in risk management on the African continent. Our team prides itself on being continent-level experts with the strongest possible conception of country-specific risks and their associated impact on our client’s operations and strategic decision-making.

Signal Risk’s clients include international NGOs, mining consultancies, major banks, Fortune 500 companies, and SMEs.

Finally, Signal Risk’s analysis of risk on the African continent is often sought by major international news media agencies.

Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbour and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum.