Don Mahon

Don Mahon was raised in commercial law, donning a suit and attending arbitrations and insolvency inquiries with his attorney father while still in high school. Then, having graduated with an LLB from the University of Pretoria, he was admitted to the Bar at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest advocates in the country. Since then the 31-year-old has litigated in matters involving both underdogs, such as the nursing union Hospersa, and high-profile corporate clients such as Dimension Data, JCI and Randgold. He has contributed to the growth of South African law by obtaining several reported judgments and will be arguing the first case to head to the Supreme Court of Appeals relating to the business rescue legislation provisions of the Companies Act 71. His commitment to his profession continues in the founding of the Mahon Foundation, a trust to help to fund the education of future young advocates.— Rudi Benadé