Zunaid Olivier’s involvement in the specialised field of Family Law spans 11 years with his focus areas being, to name a few, divorce, maintenance, adoptions, access disputes, harassment matters and domestic violence.
Mr. Olivier’s client base is made up of the entire spectrum of people, from the financially affluent to matters where he assists clients on a pro bono basis. Mr. Olivier’s practice is both a trial practice as well as an application practice with him choosing to conduct all of his own Magistrate Court appearances. Mr. Olivier also from time to time appears in the High Court and would do so more often, had it not been for his busy practice. Mr. Olivier is also a keen drafter and also prefers to draft his own pleadings.
Mr. Olivier was recently involved in an International Hague Convention Application which resulted in his client successfully returning to South Africa with his child who was abducted by her French national mother to Europe. Owing to the great reputation Mr. Olivier has carved out for himself in the local Family Law Practitioner sphere, he is seeing an increasing amount of foreign clients approaching him for assistance in jurisdictions outside of the borders of South Africa, including, to name a few, the UK, Australia and the USA.
Mr. Olivier has also been approached by more than one media forum to provide commentary on topical Family Law cases and was on this basis, interviewed as an Expert in his field.