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Global 2022
South Africa Real Estate
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3 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Whether you are a real estate investor, developer or corporate end user, you will not find greater breadth and depth of legal expertise in South Africa, covering all the issues you face in relation to real estate, than at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH).

With 16 specialist real estate partners and consultants and some 55 associates, candidate attorneys, paralegals and support staff at our offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town, our Real Estate practice is unmatched in South Africa. Our team has the depth of resources to handle large volumes of real estate transactions whatever their size or nature. For more than 150 years, the Real Estate lawyers at CDH have delivered incisive and practical legal advice to corporate and private clients. Over a number of years we have been externally acknowledged as South Africa’s leading Real Estate practice. Our extensive experience, strong track record and remarkable industry insight allow us to bring commercial solutions that add value at all stages of your property investment or development transaction.

Our team in South Africa is supported by lawyers from other practices within the firm with specialist skills in areas such as finance and banking, tax and exchange control, competition, employment, environmental and dispute resolution law. With this comprehensive support structure, our Real Estate team offers a full range of services to assist you with any property transaction or issue you might face.

Chambers Review

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Real Estate - South Africa
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What the team is known for

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has a market-leading real estate practice with a deep bench of experienced lawyers who are regularly instructed to deal with sophisticated, high-value cases. The group advises on the full spectrum of real estate matters including REITs, commercial property finance and leasing, earning specific recognition for its impressive conveyancing practice. The department further demonstrates considerable activity assisting with mixed-use developments. With experts in both Johannesburg and Cape Town, the firm services a number of leading South African commercial and residential developers, as well as financial institutions, investment funds and energy companies.

Work Highlights

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  • A CDH team led by Simone Franks acted for Commercial Dynamics on its ongoing ZAR350 million bulk housing development in Cape Town.

Notable Practitioners

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William Midgley
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William Midgley
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William Midgley is a highly experienced and respected real estate lawyer in Johannesburg, with particular recognition in relation to property transactions and REIT ventures. 
"William is a deep property expert who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table."

John Webber
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John Webber
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John Webber operates a broad practice encapsulating acquisition negotiations and joint venture agreements, as well as property development and refurbishment. He is based in Johannesburg.
"John is immensely valuable to us as he has extensive knowledge of our business." "He is extremely competent in conveyancing matters."

Lucia Erasmus
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Lucia Erasmus
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Lucia Erasmus is an experienced real estate lawyer who assists major banks and property developers with a range of commercial agreements, including co-ownership and development agreements. She practises out of the firm's Johannesburg office.

Ranked Lawyers at
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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Real Estate

John Webber
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John Webber
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William Midgley
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William Midgley
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Lucia Erasmus
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Lucia Erasmus
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Members

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Muhammad Gattoo

Head of Department