Admitted 20 years ago to appear in the High Court with the rights of an advocate, Roger Knowles was the second attorney to do so in Durban and is one of the very few attorneys to appear regularly in the High Court. After initially dropping out of university, Roger worked briefly as an estate agent, then as an inspector/underwriter in the engineering insurance industry for a few years, but decided to return to law. He completed a BProc degree through UNISA and has been an attorney since 1979, taking time off occasionally to indulge in professional speaking. Always a peacemaker, Roger is a mediator, trained in both Commercial and Family mediation. He has mediated a wide range of disputes and anticipates that he will continue to do so, even after he 'retires'. He is keen on regular exercise, and goes to he gym and rides his mountain bike on the weekends now that he no longer surfs or catches fish. He has served on several boards – Child Line, two school boards, a local scouting body and has lectured at the Practical Law School.