Mariam graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2002 and joined Mallinicks Inc (now Webber Wentzel) to serve her articles. She was admitted as an attorney in 2005 and joined Jeftha Twala Inc (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr), one of the first wholly owned black law firms in the country. During this time, she also completed the International Copyright Law summer program at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Mariam has experience in a wide range of practice areas, both in the private sector and the government sector and also in the field of public private partnerships.
Her work in the private sector has included advising on the most suitable model for particular enterprises and the structuring for new, small and medium businesses, including guidance on corporate governance.
Her experience includes the drafting of shareholders agreements, sale of shares agreements, sale of business agreements, joint venture agreements, loan agreements, supply and distributions agreements, service level agreements, television production agreements, agency and consultancy agreements, commercial property leases, employment contracts, licensing agreements and the undertaking of legal due diligences. Her experience also includes agreements in cross border transactions, specifically the export, finance, supply and distribution arrangements between a Netherlands based company and fresh produce companies in the agriculture sector in the Western Cape.
In the government sector Mariam has gained experience in the gas and energy sector. She was also was closely involved and assisted with the ‘corporatisation’ of the SABC from a state-owned entity into a company under the Companies Act and the Broadcasting Act. This project included extensive policy auditing, consideration and drafting of a broad range of commercial agreements including specifically television broadcasting, production and licensing agreements, and advising on corporate governance