ABOUT GARETH

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PRETORIA, GP, South Africa
Whatever I tell you about myself is TOTALLY IRRELEVANT! For an OBJECTIVE view, please read my LinkedIn Profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/shepperson/ , and particularly the LinkedIn RECOMMENDATIONS, also see the numerous Awards won by my Firm in our Corporate Profile and consider the variety of representative positions to which I have been elected in recognition of my experience, expertise and leadership.

24 November 2020

GUESS WHO'S BACK!!!

GUESS WHO'S BACK!!!

After more than 5 years away, I have decided to revive my Blog.


I was watching a video featuring the amazing Seth Godin being interviewed by Tom Bilyeu.  If you haven't seen them before, where have you been??? Go check them out by clicking on their names above.  Anyway, I was amazed that Seth Godin has over 7,000 blog posts and over a Million followers.  He posts at least once a day.  These numbers are inspiring but what really struck me is that he says that whatever you put out there, statistically 50% of it will be rubbish (I'm paraphrasing).

If anyone has writer's block, then he asks them how many poor books, screenplays, etc. they have produced recently.  You can't wait for a muse to deliver the perfect book, if you don't just start writing.  Sure, 50% may be rubbish but, statistically, something has to be good.  Just write ... hey, I can do that.

Anyway, my Blog has therefore received the proverbial dusting off and I am ready to go.

What's happened in the last 5 years?

My son, Christian, has grown into a teenager and I have recently become the proud dad to twins, Megan and Michael.  I therefore had to update some of the photos on my Blog.


There have also been many professional changes in my life.  At the time I stopped posting in 2015, I was still running Shepperson Attorneys.  In fact we had just moved to bigger & better offices.  It takes a lot of work to run your own business.  In a Professional Services environment, you are selling your time, so when your time is being "stolen" by HR, accounting, tax, banking, compliance, IT, maintenance, marketing, stationary and every other issue faced by the modern business, then it makes things ultra difficult.  If you can't scale the business to such an extent that many of the time stealing activities are delegated, then it becomes exceptionally draining.  Shepperson Attorneys just never reached the required scale.

It was therefore an immense pleasure to be given the opportunity to basically run my own unit within Delport van den Berg Inc. (DVDB).  I gained access to amazing offices, equipment, bookkeeping, marketing, compliance, etc., while still enjoying virtually total freedom to pursue the Law as I deem appropriate.  

Most notably, in the field of Property Law (Conveyancing), we have a multi-award winning team of 8 Conveyancers and highly experienced specialist conveyancing secretaries.  We are one of only a handful of firms in the country that are on every bank panel, including being on the Super Panel of most.  These panels include the Big 4 plus Investec, RMB, SA Home Loans, Business Partners and several more.

We also have Commercial Law and Civil Litigation Departments that provide the complete service that Shepperson Attorneys always aspired to.  In our Trusts and Estates Department, we have acclaimed experts who have literally written the book on the subject (here it is).

A few years ago, together with my accountant partner, I established Elegant Corporate Services (Pty) Ltd or ECS.  ECS is a specialist Trust Advisory company that operates as an Independent Trustee for our Trust Clients.  The immense benefits of Trusts cannot be overstated.  See the Video on the ECS Website for some reasons why everyone needs a Trust.


Links to DVDB and ECS have been included in my sparkling new Blog Page.

In conjunction with others, I have also started another company and expect to share exciting news about this company soon.  Watch this space!

So things have changed a lot in 5 years.  Even my beloved Liverpool FC have won the Premier League Title after 30 years in the wilderness.

In the past, most of my Blog Posts were re-posts of the thoughts of others.  While I will certainly continue to share anything interesting that I come across, I also intend doing some writing and I hope that at least 50% of it is good and some of it may even be great.

Gareth

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