Paul Esselaar

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Paul Esselaar

Paul Esselaar completed his BA, LLB at Rhodes University in Grahamstown in 1997. Thereafter he attended the School for Legal Practice at the University of Cape Town in 2000 and went on to complete his articles at Kessler De Jager Inc. During his articles he focussed on Magistrates and High Court litigation as well as deceased estates amongst other things. 

Paul was admitted as an attorney of the High Court in 2001 where after he went back to the University of Cape Town and completed his LLM in Electronic Law and Commercial Law in 2003. Paul’s broad background in Electronic Law is ably assisted by a stint at an Online Dispute Resolution company called TrustEnforce as well as his experience as the webmaster for the Trade Law Centre (tralac). He has practiced as an Electronic Law specialist for the Electronic Law Consultancy and also for his own account as part of Esselaar and Associates. 

Paul was employed as the Electronic Law Manager for Korbitec (Pty) Ltd - a software company that specialises in producing software for the legal market - from 2005 to 2007. He was responsible for the documentation relating to debt collection and various other aspects of practice management such as FICA compliance within existing software products. He also advised Korbitec and attorneys on the impact of the National Credit Act and his experience in dealing with the National Credit Act also extends to over 30 different presentations on the National Credit Act as part of the publicity campaign organised by Korbitec. 

Paul joined Dingley Attorneys in 2008 until early 2011 when he set up his own law firm, Esselaar Attorneys where he now practices. Paul is currently a Wireless Application Service Providers Association (WASPA) appeal adjudicator, an Internet Services Providers Association (ISPA) appeal adjudicator, an adjudicator for the Office of the Group Ombudsman for the Independent Media Group and has been admitted as a Notary of the High Court and he also has the right of appearance in the High Court. 

Paul is quoted on several different articles on the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) such as, more recently, in the Personal Finance Magazine. Paul has also written several articles on the Consumer Protection Act and has presented on the CPA to the Vacation Owners Association of South Africa and several other organisations.

He was appointed as a member of the Information Communications and Technology committee of the Cape Law Society in 2011 and was the vice-chairperson of the Cape Chamber of Commerce ICT Committee. He has presented on POPI and Electronic Signatures to the Cape Law Society and has assisted the Cape Law Society with the administration of the law.za domain.

In 2013 Paul and Elizabeth de Stadler set up a legal compliance company called Novation Consulting (Pty) Ltd which provides specialist consumer law advice to companies. Along with Elizabeth he has produced an online training course for companies to comply with the requirements of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) and has recently finished a book entitled Understanding the Protection of Personal Information Act which was published by Juta in the middle of 2015. Paul has been part of the POPI project team to implement changes to several blue chip companies and has presented on POPI to various audiences for several years.