Our People

Shelley Mackay-Davidson

Director & Founder

EXPERIENCE
Shelley values the personal touch and understanding her clients’ needs and expectations. With her practical approach and insight gained from her extensive experience in corporate commercial and commercial property work, Shelley takes pride in giving a value-add service. She acts for a diverse range of clients, from individuals and small businesses to listed companies. Shelley’s work experience includes mergers and acquisitions, company set-up, company, business, property and transaction structuring and agreements, joint ventures, contract negotiation, drafting and due diligences.

Before establishing Brevity Law in 2013, Shelley was a director at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs in its Corporate Commercial department.

Shelley has been recognised as a leading lawyer by the reputable rating agency Best Lawyers in Mergers and Acquisitions (South Africa). She also received Lawyer of the year in Real Estate from Best Lawyers.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
BA LLB (University of Cape Town)
Admitted in 1991 as an attorney, conveyancer and notary of the High Court of South Africa
Postgraduate Diploma in Company Law (Stellenbosch University)
Certificate in IT and Internet Law (University of Cape Town)
ACDS/CEDR Accredited Mediator (Conflict Dynamics)

THE PERSON
Shelley recently relocated to the UK. During the day, a lawyer, whilst at night, Shelley is enjoying becoming familiar with the European music scene.

CONTACT DETAILS
E-mail: shelley@brevity-law.com

Candice Dayton

Senior Associate

EXPERIENCE
Candice’s academic journey began with a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Cape Town majoring in Political Science and Gender Studies, during which time she developed a deep fascination of the South African legal system. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, she then went on to study an LLB through the University of the Free State. In 2017 she completed the full-time practical legal training course offered by the Cape Town School for Legal Practice. Candice enjoys problem solving, commercial drafting and assisting start-ups in establishing, managing and growing their business.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
BSoc Sci (University of Cape Town)
LLB (University of the Free State)

THE PERSON
Candice is a full-time attorney and part-time oenophile, and became a proud member of the Brevity Law team in 2018. When she is not swimming in paperwork (or fine Pinot Noir) this closet film critic can almost definitely be found at Cape Town’s Labia Theatre, glued to the screen.

CONTACT DETAILS
E-mail: candice@brevity-law.com

Aerin Berry

Candidate Attorney

EXPERIENCE
Aerin’s passion for the law began with her undergraduate Bcom (Law) degree in the quaint student town of Stellenbosch in 2017. She then completed her postgraduate LLB degree in 2021. Aerin participated in the 2021 LLB Semester Exchange Programme at Utrecht University, the oldest law school in the Netherlands, where she explored the overlap between law and digitalisation.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
Bcom (Law) (Stellenbosch University)
LLB (Stellenbosch University)

THE PERSON
Aerin loves art, history, travel, good pastry, and vintage finds. When she is not in the office, you can find her immersed in a true crime podcast or exploring new vegetarian recipes.

CONTACT DETAILS
E-mail: aerin@brevity-law.com

KELLY BEVISS-CHALLINOR

Candidate Attorney

EXPERIENCE
Kelly started her educational journey at the University of Stellenbosch where she obtained a BCom (Law) and a postgrad LLB. In 2023, she spent 6 months at the University of Amsterdam as part of the LLB Semester Exchange Program. Among the valuable life skills learnt overseas, she reports the best as mastering the art of riding a bike ‘no hands’.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
BCom (Law) (Stellenbosch University)
LLB (Stellenbosch University)

THE PERSON
Kelly enjoys cooking, listening to music and strength training. Outside office hours you might find her at the beach, tending to her house plants or exploring funky streets in Cape Town.

CONTACT DETAILS
E-mail: kelly@brevity-law.com