Elizabeth de Stadler

About Elizabeth de Stadler

Elizabeth is the quirky one in the company. She specialises in all things Consumer Law, plain language drafting and designing and delivering training. She prides herself on being slightly out there and bringing a fresh perspective to compliance issues. She has a Masters (cum laude – the nerd) in Consumer Law. Elizabeth met Paul in 2011 and joined Esselaar Attorneys (she is still a senior associate at the firm). In 2013 they founded Novation Consulting together. Elizabeth is a bit of a nerd. She is the editor of the Consumer Law Review (you can get it here for free!) and wrote A Guide to the Protection of Personal Information Act with Paul. She is also the author of Consumer Law Unlocked, a co-author of the hefty Commentary to the Consumer Protection Act and wrote chapters on the Consumer Protection Act in The Law of Contract in South Africa and The Law of Commerce in South Africa. She is currently working with Liezl van Zyl from the Stellenbosch University Language Centre on Plain language legal drafting, which will be published in 2017. Elizabeth loves Lego, sneakers, zombies and white wine. She hates comic sans font, sweet potato and most other attorneys. She is allergic to suits and ‘office shoes’ because of the years she worked at Webber Wentzel. She is very scared of moths. It is a thing – read about it. Want to find out more about Elizabeth? Check her out on LinkedIn. Better yet, contact her on elizabeth@novcon.co.za or (021) 481 8004.
  • Nightmare on direct marketing street
    By
    Elizabeth de Stadler
      The long awaited POPI regulations are here. They don't say much, but what they do say spells disaster for direct marketers. And you know us, we are not alarmist. Section 69 of POPI provides that if you want to send electronic direct marketing to a person to whom you have...
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  • Hot off the press: POPI Regulations out for comment
    By
    Elizabeth de Stadler
    The draft POPI regulations have just come out for comment. We will be digesting them over the weekend and will let you know what is what on Monday on our blog. Weekend reading. Yay. If you think you should start worrying about POPI now, go and visit our POPI page. We...
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  • To and/or (and/)or not to and/or?
    By
    Elizabeth de Stadler
    As far as we are concerned, there is no question and it turns out that we are not alone in condemning the use of  'the bastard conjunction and/or'. As early as 1932 the American Bar Association Journal described it as an 'accuracy-destroying symbol' and 'a device for the encouragement of mental laziness'....
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  • Complain like a Boss: Some advice for consumers
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    Elizabeth de Stadler
    Have you been screwed over by a supplier? Here is what you do. #1: Don't hire a lawyer just yet Your first step should be to lay a formal complaint with the supplier or manufacturer. Be polite. It is human nature to shy away from difficult conversation. Don't be a difficult...
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  • Save the Advertising Standards Association!
    By
    Elizabeth de Stadler
    There is no time to mince our words: The Advertising Standards Association will be liquidated by the end of April 2017 unless the advertising industry decides to bail it out. This was the message of the ASASA's business rescue practitioner at a meeting held last week. What do advertisers stand...
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  • Exclusions of liability: Don't make it worse than it has to be!
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    Elizabeth de Stadler
    Oh, the scourge of the fine print! How we wish we could get rid of it. But sometimes (not all that often), there are very real risks facing a business which, should they materialise, could sink it. In comes the lawyer... Attorneys have a tendency to exclude liability for everything...
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  • You have a data breach...now what?
    By
    Elizabeth de Stadler
    Data breaches are almost inevitable. So, in addition to working towards preventing data breaches, you should be asking yourself whether your business is ready to respond quickly and effectively when the pawpaw (or POPIA) strikes the fan. When you look at data breaches around the world, businesses often get into...
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  • Processing child information: It doesn't get more personal than that...
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    Elizabeth de Stadler
    Before we talk about the challenges of processing the personal information of minors, let’s take a step back. It feels like POPI has been in this kind of legislative limbo for years. Oh wait, it has been years. There seems to be some movement lately. Since Adv Pansy Tlakula...
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  • POPI or PawPaw? Who cares.
    By
    Elizabeth de Stadler
    So, the Information Regulator and the Department of Justice has asked everyone to stop calling the Protection of Personal Information Act 'POPI', but 'POPIA'. Of course, it only took about 5 seconds for the loons in my office to start calling it 'PAPAYA'. So no more 'no, POPI is not...
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