A leadership team with an unparalleled combination of business and legal experience. We value our relationships and create opportunities for all: individually we are strong; together we thrive.

Janet Taylor-Hall

Founder and CEO

As a pioneering legal strategist, Janet is known for using her business acumen and adapting models to provide sustainable outcomes for global clients.

Janet brings over 20 years’ diverse, international experience in senior executive roles working in the corporate and legal sector at EY, Clifford Chance and Integreon.

Jennifer Yazdanpanahi

Global Delivery Director

Jennifer has deep experience of efficient delivery of multifaceted projects for multinational clients at professional and financial services companies.

She brings an extensive skillset developed over the last 20 years managing engagements for large international corporations such as State Street Global Advisors, Barclays Global Investors, KPMG and Maitland.

Joanna Oomen

Legal Delivery Manager Intelligent Review

Joanna is responsible for delivering our intelligent review services to clients.

Most recently, Joanna developed her extensive skills at Paralaw working with a wide range of multinational and FTSE100 clients as a compliance and risk delivery manager. Having previously run several businesses, Joanna brings a unique combination of commercial acumen, leadership skills and project management experience as well as legal expertise with a particular focus on data privacy and GDPR.

Johan Claassen

Finance manager

Johan manages Cognia's finance team and ensures the business operates smoothly.

He has extensive accounting and finance experience from working with global professional services firms and across the legal industry. Prior to starting his career, he graduated with a BAccounting Honours from Stellenbosch University.

Justin Ridl

General Counsel and Managing Director

Justin is Cognia's General Counsel and leads our financial services sector and financial documentation service.

As a GC himself, he uses his learnings to develop practical solutions for in-house legal teams that are also commercially sustainable. He also brings over 20 years’ experience as a market-leading derivatives and structured finance lawyer at law firms and in-house, including the London Stock Exchange, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Ashurst, Dresdner Kleinwort and Barclays Africa.

Karen October

Senior Manager, HR Operations

Karen heads up Cognia's HR operations, which involves ensuring Cognia recruits and retains the best talent out there and leads an optimised human resource operations function.

She has a unique blend of commercial and HR experience, built over the last 20 years with business managerial roles such as heading up teams across various segments including insurance, imports/exports and procurement at Rentokil Initial, and more recently, developing talent in the legal sector.

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Oliver von Hasseln

Legal Delivery Manager Financial Documentation

As team leader and line manager, Oliver is responsible for the timely delivery and support to our financial services clients. He has held several roles at Cognia since he joined in 2014 and has a deep understanding of what Cognia is all about. He is currently managing a team of lawyers supporting a leading international investment bank, within their derivative documentation team.

Prior to joining Cognia, Oliver held a role as a Derivative Reconciliation Analyst at Morgan Stanley in London before returning home to Cape Town to qualify as a lawyer and practice commercial and civil litigation at Springer Nel attorneys.

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Peter Hall

Chief Operating Officer

Peter leads the smooth running of Cognia’s business services and flexible legal resourcing services. Having held CFO and COO roles over the last 25 years at global companies such as Old Mutual Direct, LTP Trade PLC and Standard Chartered, he understands the challenges clients face to deliver results on time and on budget.
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Peter Radford

Associate Director, Clients and Markets

Peter is responsible for driving systemic sector integration for new client acquisition.

He brings decades of experience developing and delivering business solutions, to meet client requirements working with global organisations with complex matrix structures such as IBM and SAP.

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Roberta Eggers

Legal Delivery Manager Commercial Contracts

Roberta is responsible for the timely delivery to clients, within budget and at agreed service levels of contract managed legal services to clients.

Roberta is a team leader and has held several roles over the last six years at Cognia, including quality manager, legal project manager and commercial contracts negotiator in both financial documentation and general commercial. Her experience means she understands not just the commercial landscape in which clients operate, but also the policies, regulations and methodologies that influence their ability to operate effectively. She also brings a wealth of process and continuous improvement skills having set up and managed Cognia’s ISO9001-certified Quality Management System.