Amy Jean Cornew-Fingas was born in Johanesburg, South Africa and is fluent in both English and Afrikaans. Amy completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Legum Baccalaureus degree at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
She began her legal career as a Candidate Attorney in Durban, South Africa in July 2009 at a small general practice, Theyagaraj Chetty Attorneys where she gained all-rounded experience in private practice and pro bono type work. She then moved on to a larger firm, Cox Yeats Attorneys in order to obtain broader experience especially corporate and commercial.
She joined the Legal Practice Council of South Africa as an Attorney in February 2012 and shortly thereafter received her Right of Appearance in the High Court (South Africa). While working as an Associate Attorney, Amy specialized in Maritime Law, Insurance Law, Corporate Law, and Commercial and Civil litigation. She regularly appeared in the Magistrate’s Court and High Court of South Africa. Amy was a member of the Maritime Lawyers’ Association and the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, South Africa.
In order to better understand her client’s needs, Amy entered the corporate sector and became a Legal Advisor at Commercial Property Company. While working as a Legal Advisor, Amy gained experience in commercial and residential leasing, sales and acquisitions, due diligence investigations on properties and human resources. She also gained invaluable experience while being part of upper management in understanding the day-to-day business of how companies run and what their priorities are. This gave Amy greater insight when she returned to private practice as an Associate Attorney at Larson Falconer Hassan Parsee Inc. and enabled her to better serve her clients.
In November 2017, Amy immigrated to Ottawa and immediately fell in love with the city although she had to acclimatize to the cold! She begun the process of being accredited and becoming licensed to practice as a lawyer in Ontario, Canada. During this period, Amy worked full time as a Law Clerk at Auger Hollingsworth and then Lister Beaupré while completing the National Accreditation Committee examinations and the Bar examinations.
In November 2020, Amy became a member of the Bar of Ontario. Amy practices Real Estate, Wills and Estates, Trusts, Corporate Law and Commercial and Civil Litigation.
In her spare time, you will find Amy reading (as books are her great passion), cooking, dressmaking and exploring more of Canada.
Call to the Bar
Republic of South Africa, February 2012
Ontario, November 2020
Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Nelson Mandela University, 2007
Legum Baccalaureus (LLB), Nelson Mandela University, 2009
County of Carleton Law Association