Our Services

We service a number of commercial and corporate clients, with a keen interest in the credit industry. Although we are confident that our professional personnel are well equipped and more than capable of advising and assisting both natural and legal persons in most aspects of commercial law, we believe that focusing on specific industries optimizes the quality of our services.

With this in mind, we have focused on servicing inter alia major credit providers (and in particular banking institutions) in the retail and wholesale industries for more than two decades. This has allowed us to build a reputation as a trustworthy and respected law firm with considerable experience in various specialised banking practices.

The firm’s significant experience also extends to the areas of Corporate structuring, Compliance and Government procurement, Constitutional Court Litigation, Insolvency and Business Rescue Practice, all aspects relating to the Financial Services industry, Labour Law, Family Law, Information Technology Law and Conveyancing.

Attention to detail has never been negotiable when it comes to servicing our clients. We ensure that one of our directors directly supervises and oversees every one of our specialized areas, whilst always training, challenging and motivating our junior professionals to grow in their particular fields of practice. Our mixture of experienced practitioners and ambitious young attorneys, coupled with an envious repertoire of postgraduate qualifications, has enabled us to excel in our areas of expertise.

Corporate and Commercial Advice, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolutions

Smit Sewgoolam has a reputable and resourceful litigation practice, which is capable of conducting all types of dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation and litigation.

Understanding the specific needs, culture, risk-appetite and business models of our clients is not negotiable. As a result we are able to provide focused legal advice which is proactive, accurate and cost-effective.

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Our services include the following:
  • Administrative Law
  • Arbitration
  • Building Disputes
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporate Recovery
  • Debt Collection
  • Evictions
  • Family Law (including divorces)
  • General Litigation
  • Government Procurement - Advice and Litigation
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance Law
  • Labour Law
  • Liquidations, Sequestrations and Business Rescue

Liquidation, Insolvency and Business Rescue Practice

Our highly qualified and experienced professionals are able to navigate a broad range of clients efficiently and effectively through the challenges experienced in this area of specialisation.

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Our Services include:
  • Administration of Insolvent Estates
  • Assessing Risk Profile
  • Business Rescue
  • Compromises
  • Creditors' Meetings and Proof of Claims
  • Cross-border Insolvency
  • Directors' Personal Liability
  • Forensic Investigations
  • Financial Corporate Overexposure and Managing Restructuring Debt
  • Impeachable Transactions
  • Insolvency Inquiries
  • Liquidation Proceedings and Sequestration
  • Obtaining Adequate and Enforceable Security
  • Preservation Orders
  • Recovery Action

Labour and Employment Law

Labour law specialists at Smit Sewgoolam are constantly monitoring developments in any relevant legislation, meaning we can appropriately advise our clients on employment. We are also able to give relevant advice and assistance to clients concerning labour disputes.

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Our services include advice on and the preparation of all required documentation in respect of the following:
  • Contracts of Employment
  • Contracts with Independent Contractors
  • Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures
  • Policies Relating to Gender Equality, Language, Sexual Harassment, Disability, HIV/Aids and Occupational Health and Safety
  • Retrenchments
  • Termination of Employment
  • Transfer of Employment Contracts

Property Law, Conveyancing and Notarial Services

The buying and selling of property need not be confusing or intimidating. We have an experienced team of conveyancers and dedicated support staff that will guide and advise you on all property-related matters.

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Our property services include:
  • Advise of Property Tax Law and Structuring
  • Agreements relating to Property, including Agreements of Sale
  • Correspondent services
  • Deeds Registration and Conveyancing
  • Establishment of Sectional Title Schemes
  • Full range of Notarial Services
  • Leases
  • Mortgage and Notarial Bonds
  • Notarial Servitudes
  • Property Developments and Schemes
  • Property Financing, including Structured Finance
  • Residential, Industrial and Commercial Property Transactions
  • Sectional Title Rules
  • Servitudes
  • Title conditions

Family Law

Divorces and matters relating to children can cause stress, anxiety and sleepless nights. Our family law department is more than capable to provide sound legal advice, guidance and support during such proceedings.

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The department assists clients with:
  • Divorces
  • General Family Law Advice
  • Maintenance Matters
  • Protection Orders
  • Variation of Existing Divorce Orders, where Possible

Administration of Deceased Estates and Wills

The drafting of Wills and Trusts is something that demands experienced experts so that your wishes are precisely recorded. Since estate planning, the drafting of Wills and Administration of Deceased Estates, drafting of Trust Deeds and administration of Trusts is often a daunting and complicated process, our expert team, who are specialised in Estates and Trusts, will ensure that your estate or trust is handled with the utmost professionalism.

We understand that the death of a loved one is a difficult and challenging time. That is why we undertake to always inform our clients on the various stages in the administration process, attend to their individual needs and provide confidential advice on all aspects of Estate planning, Wills and Administration of Estates and Trusts.

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We offer:
  • Administration of Trusts
  • Drafting and Updating of Wills
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Planning
  • Formation and registration of Inter Vivos Trusts and Testamentary Trusts
  • Living Wills

Contact Us

Tel: 011 646 0006
Fax: 011 646 0016
E-mail: info@smitsew.co.za

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