THE ATTORNEYS

Our attorneys deliver outstanding expert legal services in their specialised fields of practice.

Duncan Houghton

Director and owner of Houghton Harper Inc

Duncan Houghton has been an owner and director of Houghton Harper since its inception in 2001. In 1994, he graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a B. Proc. Law degree and subsequently obtained a post-graduate Bachelor of Laws degree in 1996. He was admitted as an attorney in 1997.

Duncan has extensive experience and knowledge in all aspects of litigation, mediation, and settlement negotiations. He heads the Litigation department of our firm, which is the most sought after of our legal services. He has a keen interest in the mentorship of our candidate attorneys and junior attorneys, where his leadership skills and knowledge of the law are handed down for the benefit of our staff and clients.

Duncan’s fields of practice are personal injury resulting from accidents, divorce, and family law.

Outside of his work commitments, Duncan is an avid reader and has been a member of the Johannesburg Attorneys Association. He has also served as the Legal Advisor and as a Board Member of Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Ask for him directly on 011 648 1066 or email him directly at duncan@houghtonharper.co.za.

Brett Gladwin

Director

Brett Gladwin was appointed as a director of Houghton Harper in 2018. Brett graduated from the University of Witwatersrand with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 2006 and started his legal career at Houghton Harper as a candidate attorney, where he completed his articles in 2009, and was admitted as an attorney in the same year.

Brett has extensive experience with and knowledge of personal injury cases, commercial and contractual litigation, and property and family law. He has a special interest in insurance law and practices in all aspects of litigation, mediation, and settlement negotiations of insurance matters. He established and heads the Insurance department of our firm.

Outside of his work commitments, Brett is a passionate and competitive angler. He is also a Committee Member of the Primrose Angling Club.

Ask for him directly on 011 648 1066 or email him directly at brett@houghtonharper.co.za.

Justin Awunor

Attorney

Justin Awunor is an attorney at Houghton Harper. Justin graduated from the University of South Africa with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 2014 and started his legal career at Houghton Harper as a candidate attorney, where he completed his articles in 2016. He was admitted as an attorney in 2016, and in 2018, he started studying part time through the University of South Africa towards a Master’s Degree (LLM) majoring in Tax Law.

Justin has extensive experience with and knowledge of both High Court and Magistrates’ Court litigation. He practices in commercial and civil litigation, personal injury (particularly medical negligence matters and Road Accident Fund claims), family law, property law and conveyancing, material damages, debt recovery, contract negotiations, commercial contracts, and advisory and compliance issues. He has a special interest in tax law.

Outside of his work commitments, Justin enjoys travelling and fishing socially.

Ask for him directly on 011 648 1066 or email him directly at justin@houghtonharper.co.za.

Giuseppina Harper

Director and owner of Houghton Harper Inc

Giuseppina Harper has been an owner and director of Houghton Harper since its inception in 2001. In 1994, she graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a B.A. degree majoring in International Relations and Italian, and subsequently in 1998, she obtained a post-graduate Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of South Africa. She was admitted as an attorney in 2000.

Giuseppina has extensive experience and knowledge of personal injury damage cases arising from motor vehicle accidents and medical negligence. She heads the Medical Malpractice department of our firm, and mentors the candidate attorneys and junior attorneys in this field.

Giuseppina has served in the interests of the legal profession and the public as a Council Member of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces and the South African Nursing Council. She has also served as a Commissioner of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA).

She continues to serve the profession by conducting, at the request of the law society, the screening interviews of prospective candidate attorneys. She also serves as the Chairperson of the Editorial Committee of the South African Attorneys’ Journal, De Rebus.

Outside of work commitments, she enjoys travelling.

Ask for her directly on 011 648 1066 or email her directly at giusi@houghtonharper.co.za.

Gareth Gurnell

Practising Attorney

Gareth Gurnell is a practising attorney at Houghton Harper. He graduated from the University of South Africa with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 2011 and started his legal career at Houghton Harper in 2012 as a candidate attorney. He was then admitted as an attorney in 2016.

Gareth has extensive experience with and knowledge of all aspects of trial preparation and litigation, mediation, and settlement negotiations in both the Magistrates’ and High Courts of South Africa. He has a special interest in personal injury and family law.

Outside of his work commitments, Gareth enjoys cycling and swimming every chance he gets.

Ask for him directly on 011 648 1066 or email him directly at gareth@houghtonharper.co.za.

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