Jaco is an associate in the Dispute Resolution Practice Group at Phatshoane Henney Attorneys, where he is involved in High Court and Magistrate Court litigation. Jaco is also involved in the Retail Banking Department of the firm. He specialises in Insurance law, Medical Negligence claims, Personal Injury law and Commercial Litigation and debt collection.
Jaco matriculated as dux scholar from Fichardtpark High School in Bloemfontein with eight distinctions. During his school career he also received numerous awards for academics, leadership, culture and sport, and was deputy head boy in 2012.
Jaco studied LL.B at the University of the Free State and achieved his degree summa cum laude. He also received numerous academic awards at university, including being as the best LL.B student for every year of his studies, receiving recognition for being the best student in Legal Pluralism, Labour Law, Law of Delict, Commercial Law Contracts and Consumer and Insurance Law. Jaco visited Binghamton University, New York, USA as part of the UFS’ Leadership4Change-programme in 2013.
Jaco has a very personal approach to dealing with clients. He understands that clients have a need to know what is happening with their matters and therefore he makes sure to give regular feedback to clients. Jaco especially enjoys working in litigation, because he gets to work with clients directly.
Jaco has always enjoyed the Law of Delict. The Law of Delict deals with any wrongful act against a person, and therefore can be seen as a part of the law the has a major impact on the life of any individual. The Law of Delict includes personal injury claims, motor vehicle accidents and claims for damage against a person or property. As a result of this, Jaco feels that he can assist real people with everyday problems.
To Jaco there is no greater feeling than helping someone that is in trouble or who has been wronged by someone else. This is why he enjoys working as an attorney, as it enables him to help people with a wide range of legal and personal problems.
Jaco has been described as a very good listener, who has a lot of patience and he always remains calm, no matter how stressful a situation is. Jaco is also a big sports fan and participates in cricket at club level.
LL.B (summa cum laude)
Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
Legal Practice Council Free State
Honours & awards:
Best first year LL.B student at UFS (2013)
Best second year LL.B student at UFS (2014)
Best third year LL.B student at UFS (2015)
Best final year LL.B student at UFS (2016)
Phatshoane Henney Group Honour Medal (2016)
Dean’s Medal – UFS Faculty of Law (2016)