Prof Van Heerden was appointed as Barclays Africa Chair in Banking Law in Africa at the University of Pretoria in September 2013. She holds B.Proc, LLB and LLM degrees from the University of Pretoria and an LLM degree from Unisa. She obtained her Doctorate in Law of Civil Procedure from the Rand Afrikaans University. She is also a practising attorney and conveyancer. She was a member of the Rules Board for Courts of Law from 2003 until the end of 2011 and was part of the task team responsible for the completely revised set of Magistrates Court Rules which came into operation in October 2010. Her main field of specialization is Consumer Credit Law and she is the co-author of the expert publication Guide to the National Credit Act (Lexis Nexis). She has published numerous journal articles on consumer credit law, general consumer law, insolvency law and law of civil procedure and has co-authored four other books. She regularly speak at conferences both nationally and internationally. Her contributions with regard to credit law have been cited by South African courts on various occasions.