Rocking Out and Taking Names! | Natasha Truyens
Rolling Stone magazine’s infamous writer and music critic, Lester Bangs, once described Rock ‘n’ Roll as an attitude. “It’s not a musical form of a strict sort. It’s a way of doing things, of approaching things. Writing can be rock ‘n’ roll, or a movie can be rock ‘n’ roll. It’s a way of living your life.”
Bang’s adage is a description that could easily be ascribed to the work of Natasha Truyens, the remarkable young divorce and family law attorney at Barnard Incorporated. Her colleagues describe her as a “klein botteltjie groot gif” – not out of disrespect or fear, but out of recognition of her aggressive and energetic rock ‘n’ roll approach to getting the best possible results for her clients.
Natasha has already represented several high-profile divorce clients and has grabbed the attention of some of the province’s most experienced family law advocates. There’s a definite rhythm and tonality in her no-nonsense approach to legal matters, particularly in complex and highly charged divorces. “I am able to analyse a situation plainly and see it for what it is, before deciding on the next step for my clients,” she explains.
Natasha was born in Cape Town and spent her first few years in Langebaan before the family decided to move to Pretoria. Life wasn’t always easy; her dad worked overseas for months at a time and only came home for a few weeks each stretch. Still, her mom taught her and her younger brother to be independent while her father pushed her to be the best in everything that she could.
After completing her studies, Natasha joined Barnard Inc as a paralegal, then Candidate Attorney. In a short space of time, she has already become a senior associate and now heads up the firm’s burgeoning family law department. “I have director, Andries Stander to thank for mentoring and guiding me through my career lessons and goals,” says the determined lawyer. “He taught me that swimming from the deep end is the best way to learn. I want to be one of the top litigants in Gauteng.”
Specialising in the field of family law, and working with a very diverse client base, Natasha’s team has experience in dealing with everything from negotiating difficult parenting and child access arrangements to separation agreements and complex family-owned business and property settlements. “Every case is different, so it is extremely important to set the right tempo in the first consultation. Unlike many larger firms, client matters are handled personally by one attorney, so they are up to speed with the latest developments whenever the client calls. We discuss what options are available and how the client would prefer to handle the matter.”
In case you were wondering, our Rock ‘n’ Roll lawyer’s favourite genre of music is old school rock – bands like AC/DC, Guns n’ Roses, Bon Jovi, and Queen. And when she’s not playing the perfect air guitar riff or rocking out at work, you’ll find Natasha in the garden or watching a great tv series.
Jack Black’s School of Rock character once declared, “I service society by rocking, okay? I’m out there on the front lines liberating people with my music!” If ‘lawyering’ were rock ‘n’ roll then Natasha Truyens would be our own Dewey Finn!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY NATASHA!