Plaxedes joined Herbert Smith Freehills in August 2017, when the Johannesburg Alternative Legal Services (ALT) practice group was launched, and currently practices as a Disputes Manager. She is an experienced disputes attorney and has handled matters at all stages of commercial litigation.
The Johannesburg ALT practice group forms part of a market-leading, innovative and growing global team of lawyers, technologists and legal analysts across 12 locations, supporting the firm’s practice groups with large volume legal service delivery and cost-efficient solutions.
Plaxedes formed part of the Herbert Smith Freehills' winning team at the African Legal Awards 2021, in the category of Alternative Legal Service Provider Team of the Year.
She has also been named in the HERoes Future Female Leaders lists for four years running, 2018-2021.
Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Plaxedes was part of the defence legal team, in the highly publicised matter between; The State v Agliotti.
Plaxedes experience includes:
- managing complex, volume intensive, document reviews (litigation, arbitration, internal investigations or contentious regulatory) on matters for international and local clients.
- responsibility for project management, quality processes, pricing, cost reporting and managing budgets (including billing) and technology relating to document review and analysis capability.
- managing document review software, to effectively manage fee earning projects, including using predictive coding / technology assisted review.
- working with eDiscovery teams and external platforms, utilising document review software and other technologies to design workflows for review, quality control processes and to oversee and manage predictive coding workflows.
Plaxedes holds a BA LLB degree from the University of Cape Town and is a qualified attorney in South Africa, with 10 years PQE.