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Advocate Carol Steinberg

Advocate Carol Steinberg joined the Johannesburg Bar in 2006 and took silk in 2021.

Before becoming an advocate, Carol was a senior official in the national department of arts, culture, science and technology (1995 – 2000) and oversaw the development and implementation of arts and culture policy for the first democratic government. Thereafter, she was the special advisor to the Minister for some years.

She has worked with the Junction Avenue Theatre Company as a playwright in the workshopped productions for which the Company is best known. She also worked a lecturer at the School of Dramatic Arts at Witwatersrand University from 1993 – 1995.

As an advocate, Carol has a broad practice, spanning commercial, administrative and constitutional law.  The highlights include: lead advocate to the Commission of Inquiry into SARS (the Nugent Commission) in 2019; creating new legal precedent in defamation law, representing Trevor Manual against the EFF and Derek Hanekom against former President Zuma between 2019 and 2020, by winning the right to sue for defamation in urgent application proceedings; In a series of cases over two years, acting on behalf of the Helen Suzman Foundation and Freedom Under Law, reviewing and setting aside the appointment of General Berning Ntlemeza as head of the Hawks.