Paul Esselaar

Paul Esselaar

About Paul Esselaar

Paul is the wise old man in the company and a wizard at coming up with innovative solutions to legal problems. He has been an attorney since 2001 and has a Masters in Electronic Law and Commercial Law. In 2011 Paul set up his own firm, Esselaar Attorneys (it is still going strong). It was around this time that he met Elizabeth at an over-crowded session on the Consumer Protection Act. They both noticed that the other was quite vocal on the subject – the rest, as they say, is history. Paul specialises in Consumer Law, Electronic Law and the Protection of Personal Information Act. He wrote A Guide to the Protection of Personal Information Act with Elizabeth. Paul likes climbing mountains, turning phrases into songs and pushing Elizabeth’s buttons. He often (intentionally) pushes clients’ buttons too, but sometimes that needs to be done before real change can happen. Want to find out more about Paul? Find him on LinkedIn or contact him on +27 (0)82 412 0024

What happens if you don't comply with POPI?

2018-03-15T10:32:52+00:00By |POPIA|

Earlier this year Elizabeth wrote a useful article entitled ‘5 Reasons why POPI Compliance Matters’. While Elizabeth’s article addressed why POPI compliance matters, this article focusses on what happens if you don’t have POPI compliance. If you are a compliance officer, these are the sticks you can use to get the [...]

Cybercrimes bill published

2018-03-15T10:33:11+00:00By |Compliance and risk management|

An updated version of the Cybercrimes Bill has been published by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. This legislation aims to bridge the gap in South African legislation which has emerged as technology has evolved. On a conceptual level that is a good idea, but there is a great [...]

How to calculate Minimum Expense Norms

2018-03-15T10:34:23+00:00By |Compliance and risk management|

While an affordability assessment has always been part of the National Credit Act (NCA), recent amendments to the NCA Regulations have introduced a mandatory procedure for affordability assessments in the form of regulation ‘23A – Criteria to conduct affordability assessment application’. This effectively reduces the discretion that credit providers had [...]

Privacy implications of CIPC data

2018-03-15T10:34:30+00:00By |POPIA|

Recently Companies House in the United Kingdom (the United Kingdom version of the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)) took the unusual step of deciding to provide online company information to the public for free. Instead of charging a pound per request (which is still the current situation until this [...]