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Senior Counsel

Helen Burt

Senior Counsel

What gets me out of bed in the morning

Collaborating with talented, inspiring, client-focused and passionate colleagues with a similar desire to ‘disrupt’ the archaic provision of legal services. Working with clients requiring solutions that constantly challenge me, question the status quo and ask not ‘can it be done?’ but ‘why can it not be done?’. Finding commercial solutions, not problems. A passion to motivate and empower others through knowledge-sharing.

An entrepreneur I admire

James Dyson. For being a ‘disrupter’ and challenging the status quo. For his passion, ingenuity, constantly pushing the boundaries of what is ‘the norm’. For his amazing and inspiring ability to seek and find ‘out of the box’ solutions from the most unlikely sources.

The fine print

  • Key practices: Intellectual Property
  • Education and training: Duke University, North Carolina, USA (LLM: Intellectual Property), Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, Erasmus Exchange Programme, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (B.Comm LLB)
  • Professional qualifications: Dual qualified Solicitor, England & Wales, Attorney, South Africa
  • Legal roles: PortfolioMetrix (Cape Town) (General Legal Counsel), MAS Real Estate Inc (Isle of Man) (General Legal Counsel), Barclays Bank PLC (London) (Senior Intellectual Property & Commercial Legal Counsel), Berdou Attorneys (Johannesburg) (Partner), Webber Wentzel Bowens (Johannesburg) (Associate), Herbert Smith (London) (Associate), Sonnenberg Hoffmann & Galombik Inc (now ENSAfrica) (Cape Town) (Trainee & Associate)
  • Other: Presenter on the ‘Knowledge for Growth’ Programme (for technology start-ups) at the Google Campus in London and on the Fin-Tech Incubation Lab Programme
  • Memberships: South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law
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