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Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Real Estate

3 ranked lawyersBand 1South AfricaGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Market-leading group with a deep bench of experienced practitioners regularly instructed to deal with sophisticated, high-value cases. Advises on the full spectrum of real estate matters including REITs, commercial property finance and leasing, earning specific recognition for its impressive conveyancing practice. Additionally demonstrates considerable activity assisting with mixed-use developments. Counts leading South African commercial and residential developers among its clientele, alongside financial institutions, investment funds and energy companies.

Strengths

Clients commend the firm's "excellent service," with one saying: "They are highly professional and excellent from a technical standpoint."

One source said: "The fact that they have vast experience in the property and real estate management legal field is, from our point of view, very important."

Work highlights

Advised SAC on the dissolution of its joint venture agreement with Calgro M3, including the sale of numerous properties.

Notable practitioners

John Webber "goes the extra mile," according to one source, while another said: "He is very pragmatic, commercial and solution-orientated." His broad practice encapsulates negotiating acquisition and joint venture agreements, as well as property development and refurbishment. He serves as the national head of the firm's real estate practice.

Clients praise Lucia Erasmus for her "very wide knowledge base."She is an experienced real estate expert who assists major banks and property developers with a range of commercial agreements.

William Midgley is a highly experienced and respected real estate practitioner with particular recognition in relation to property transactions and REIT ventures. He is commended by clients as being a "pragmatic and commercial" adviser who is "proactive and efficient" as well as "client-centric."

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Overview

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.

Real Estate

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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Location

Johannesburg Regional Office

1 Protea Place

Sandown

Sandton

Gauteng

South Africa

2196

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

South Africa

Real Estate


John Webber
Band 2
Lucia Erasmus
Band 3
William Midgley
Band 2