In Association with


Louise Rive

Louise completed her B.A. (Law) degree and prior to pursuing her postgraduate LL.B., Louise was employed as a Litigation Secretary at a prominent law firm in Cape Town. After completing her postgraduate LL.B. and Legal Practice diploma, she completed her Articles of Clerkship at a boutique Family Law firm in Gardens, Cape Town, where she was retained as an Attorney post-admission and attended to all Family Law and General Civil Litigation matters. Louise thereafter took the opportunity to head and build the growing Litigation Department of a well-known General Practice law firm in Durbanville as an Associate Litigation Attorney, before finding her own practice.

Education & Qualifications:

  • Matric – Jan van Riebeeck High (passed with distinction)
  • B.A. (Law) – University of Stellenbosch
  • LL.B. postgraduate – University of Stellenbosch
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice – University of Cape Town
  • Admitted Attorney with Right of Appearance in the High Court of South Africa
  • Family Mediators’ Association of the Cape (FAMAC) Accredited Mediator

image001Lucinda Arenstein, best known as Cindy is a qualified Counsellor, Nurse and Play therapist and specialises in trauma counselling, debriefing, families and helping children with emotional growth through play and art exploration.

She has extensive experience in working with children and trauma.



MuhammadAdvocate Muhammad Abduroaf is a lawyer, more specifically an Advocate, or as sometimes referred by others, a Barrister. Advocate Muhammad Abduroaf’s legal experiences range from Magistrates Court, Civil, Criminal, Maintenance and Domestic Violence matters to High Court Litigation. He applied in practise, various laws, which include amongst others, family, commercial, constitutional, delictual, contractual and criminal.

His current practising of law is in litigation and complicated legal issues. Problem solving is his game. The nature of litigation could either be commercial, criminal, constitutional or family, to mention a few. If you however ask him what his forte is, he would answer the application of constitutional, or human rights Law into the various laws that he practises. He has formed part of the development of child support / maintenance law, on a constitutional basis, and has many experiences in family law.

He has been very involved in many child maintenance, children and family law matters since he started practising law in Cape Town. He was Counsel in two ground – breaking maintenance / child support law decisions.

NinaNina Mensing is a registered counsellor and an accredited facilitator for Victim Offender Mediations and Gender Based Violence workshops. She is an accredited FAMAC and NABFAM mediator, and member of SAAM.  Her work has included private counselling, working at various NGOs, facilitating mental health workshops, divorce counselling, mediation, running support groups and writing a book.

She became interested in the mediation process when she was going through her own divorce process. Working through lawyers and paying out money that should have been going to her boys. She kept thinking that there had to be another way.  Since doing her mediation training, she has been doing voluntary mediation at the Cape Town Children’s Court and domestic violence mediation at Fezeka Community Court in Gugulethu. Not only has this given her great experience, it has validated why mediation is a viable option. Cases that have been running for years have been mediated successfully within a few hours.

She has seen counselling and mediation play a huge role in family health, and this is why she is passionate about both counselling and mediation as vital services to strengthen families and individuals.