About Romany Sutherland
Romany grew up on a farm in a small town called Wakkerstroom on the Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal Border. She went to boarding school in Northern Natal and matriculated in 2000. Romany was always fascinated by medicine and proceeded to study a nursing degree at Stellenbosch University in 2001. She loved the nursing practice but was incredibly frustrated with the lack of service delivery. She felt that she needed to study something which would allow her to pursue a career targeted at obtaining justice for those failed by the very system that is intended to protect them. Romany believed a law degree would be the answer and was adamant that the only law she would practice would incorporate her other passion, medicine.
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Romany graduated with an LLB in 2005, and in 2006, she started her articles at Munro, Flowers and Vermaak Attorneys in Johannesburg. This firm specialises in medical negligence law. In 2008, after being admitted as an attorney, she was offered an associate position at this firm. Her position involved the management of a clinical/medical negligence practice involving inter alia, pre-litigation case assessment, case preparation and litigation. In 2010, she joined A Batchelor and Associates in Cape Town where she was commissioned to assist with starting and running the medical/clinical negligence department.
In 2015, her life took a very different turn when her mother was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease. She felt it necessary to join her parents back on their family farm to assist in the care of her mother who sadly succumbed to her illness in October 2016. Romany returned to Cape Town in July 2017 and now works alongside her good friend, Marietjie Lanser at her firm called LLA Inc. Romany is the Western Cape Branch Chairperson of the South African Medico-Legal Association (SAMLA) which is an independent, neutral, educational platform where medical and legal minds can meet to debate topical issues relating to medico-legal issues.
A highlight of her career was attending the Constitutional Court as Plaintiff’s representative in the hearing of an appeal in the matter of H v Foetal Assessment Centre 2015 (2) SA 193 (CC) which resulted in a successful appeal and a significant change to the common law in South Africa. One of Romany’s greatest delights is speaking to various medical practitioners and students about the legal challenges they face in their practice. She has presented at various symposiums, some of which include:
- Keynote speaker at SASOG North Gauteng’s AGM
- Presenter and Facilitator of 3 seminars for SAMLA and SASOG (South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) studying the causes and consequences of cerebral palsy cases in South Africa.
- Presentation to the Department of Health, North West Province on invitation of the MEC for Health.
- Presentation at COMOC 2016 (World Combined Orthopaedic Congress) Cape Town ICC speaking about the current Clinical Negligence Crisis in South Africa and advantages of using mediation as an alternative form of dispute resolution to litigation in clinical negligence matters
- Presentations and lectures to Managers, Medical Specialists and Nursing staff at Medicare Private Hospital in Rustenburg on the prevention and handling of Hospital Acquired Infections.