Elizabeth de Stadler

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 + 27 (0)83 342 6011

Rethinking privacy policies

2018-03-15T10:32:38+00:00By |POPIA|

These days, I find it very difficult to see the point of overly legalistic privacy policies normally hidden behind a tiny link at the bottom of a webpage. Apart from the fact that I am on a permanent plain language mission, my obsession with privacy policies is also fuelled by the [...]

5 reasons why POPI compliance (blegh!) matters

2018-03-15T10:33:26+00:00By |POPIA|

(and they have nothing to do with POPI really) It has become clear in recent years that the proper treatment of their personal information matters to consumers (we have tested this), but why should it matter to the businesses who are using the information? Put differently, how can a business [...]

Is this where the word 'spam' comes from?

2018-03-15T10:34:56+00:00By |POPIA|

When did we start referring to unsolicited marketing messages as 'spam'? While researching my book, I found an article 'The regulation of unsolicited commercial communications (spam): Is the opt-out mechanism effective?' by Sebo Tladi in the 2008 South African Law Journal. The article discusses, amongst other things, the history of [...]