After graduating as top legal student at Rhodes University (BA 1979, LLB 1981), Steve was conscripted for a period of two years. In his second year he was a military law adviser. After his discharge, he worked as a public prosecutor in the Grahamstown Magistrate’s Court where he was also the maintenance officer.
Steve took up articles with Rushmere Noach Incorporated in 1984. Upon being admitted as an attorney in 1986 he stayed with the firm as a professional assistant until he became a partner in 1989 and then a director when the firm converted to a company. Steve was until 30 June 2021 the managing director of Port Elizabeth Law firm Rushmere Noach Incorporated, a position he held for 11 years. He remains a director of the firm.
He has 35 years’ post-articles experience in various aspects of commercial and business law, administrative and municipal law. He also has considerable experience in the development of sustainable energy projects.
Steve has been a member of the committees of the South Eastern Cape Attorneys Association, NICRO and Lawyers for Human Rights in the Eastern Cape. Steve acted as a Commissioner in the Small Claims Court for a number of years
His portfolio of clients includes major municipal, commercial and industrial corporations, with a highly regarded professional reputation in the field of sustainable energy. He has been advisor to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality for its sustainable energy projects since 2004. He has lectured at the LSSA; Practical Training School and was until 2017 an external moderator for their national litigation competitions. Steve has also held an acting appointment on the Bench of the Eastern Cape High Court and is presently an associate fellow of the Association of Arbitrators.
Steve’s key specialisations are: