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CONSULTANTS

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Adriaan Smuts

Founding Member & Consultant

Tel: 013 745 3283  | Email: asmuts@dtsmp.co.za

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Adriaan Smuts is one of the founding members of the firm. His career started in 1974 at the Department of Justice where he started off as a clerk of the court and later became a prosecutor.

In 1979 after five years in public service, he joined a Nelspruit attorney, Wiekus du Toit, as a clerk. Adriaan completed his B Proc degree at the University of South Africa, and was admitted as an Attorney in 1982.

Soon thereafter the partnership of Du Toit-Smuts was formed and one of the province’s leading law firms was established.

Adriaan established a substantial collections department, after which he shifted his focus to criminal law and litigation and later insolvency and commercial law. He is also a registered Auctioneer. He obtained a MBL degree in 1990.

Adriaan is an experienced legal practitioner with a wealth of experience in court work as well as in the commercial law field. He specialises in the negotiation and drafting of agreements over a wide range of commercial activity, including property acquisition and development transactions, company restructuring and business acquisitions.

PARTNERS

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Schalk Rheeder

Executive Partner

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Schalk studied at the North-West University Potchefstroom and was admitted as an attorney in 1989 after completing his articles at a Pretoria law firm. He thereafter obtained employment as a public prosecutor and later on as a regional court prosecutor in the Department of Justice.

During 1992 he joined the firm and initially specialised in criminal law. The third party and personal injury claims department was then established and rapidly grew to such an extent that he then mainly concentrated on personal injury claims.

Schalk has been the Chief Executive Officer of the firm since 2008, and has a wide range of specialised skills and experience, but particularly third party claims and litigation.

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Johan Oosthuizen

Partner

DEPARTMENT

 

CONVEYANCING

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Johan studied at the University of Pretoria, and was employed by the Department of Justice as a state prosecutor until he commenced his articles of clerkship in 1995 at a Pretoria law firm.

He was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 1997, and he joined the firm as a professional assistant during the same year. He initially dealt with criminal law matters and he also practised in the family law department.

Johan was appointed as a partner in 2000. He is currently heading the conveyancing department and deals extensively with all property related matters and bond registrations in favour of all the major financial institutions.

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Jozua Scheepers

Partner

DEPARTMENT

 

THIRD-PARTY & PERSONAL INJURY

CLAIMS

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Jozua started working for the Road Accident Fund in 1995 and finished his studies part-time through the University of Pretoria. He joined the firm in 1999 as a candidate attorney and was admitted as attorney in 2001.

In 2004 he was appointed as a partner in the firm’s third party and personal injury claims department. Jozua specializes in motor vehicle accident claims.

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Arnoldt Cilliers

Partner

DEPARTMENT


LITIGATION |

LAND CLAIMS

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Arnoldt studied at the University of Pretoria where he obtained his BCom and LLB degrees whereafter he was admitted as an attorney in 2000 after completing his articles at a Pretoria law firm. He joined the firm in 2000 as a professional assistant in the firm’s litigation department.

Arnoldt was appointed a partner in 2003 and specialises in land claim matters, litigation, urgent applications and contractual disputes. He has the right of appearance in the High Court.

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Josef Schabort

Partner

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Josef studied at the University of Pretoria and was admitted as attorney in 2002. He joined the firm in 2004 as a Professional Assistant in the third party and personal injury claims department. Josef was appointed a partner in 2007.

He is currently specialising in property law and commercial law, and also assists with the registration of trademarks, patents, and other intellectual property-related matters.

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Khadija Dockrat

Partner

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Khadija studied at the University of South Africa, and joined the firm in 2003 as a candidate attorney. She was admitted as attorney in 2006 and practiced as a professional assistant in the firm’s commercial and property law departments.

Khadija was appointed as a partner in 2010. She has experience in the drafting of a wide range of commercial contracts and her areas of practice include: commercial law, company law, facilitating the sale and lease of properties subject to restitution claims, conveyancing, estate planning and the administration of estates, and the formation and registration of trusts.

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Tersius Boshoff

Partner

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Tersius studied at the University of Pretoria and he was admitted as attorney in 2002. He practiced as a Director at a Pretoria law firm until joining the firm in 2008.

Tersius practiced as a professional assistant in the firm’s litigation department and was appointed as a partner in 2013.

He has experience in: High Court litigation, Magistrate’s Court litigation, insolvency law, matrimonial law and collections.

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Jurie Grobler

Partner

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Jurie commenced his career in 1992 with the Department of Justice . He completed his studies at the University of South Africa and served his articles at a Zeerust law firm. He was admitted as an attorney in 1999 where after he worked in London for 8 years where he furthered his career in the corporate sector.

Jurie joined the firm in 2008 as a Professional Assistant and was appointed as a Partner in March 2013. He is a qualified Conveyancer, Notary and also obtained an Advanced Diploma in Labour Law.

He deals extensively with all property related matters and also heading up the Conveyancing Correspondent division, Notarial practice and Labour law departments.

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WIEKUS ROOS

Partner

DEPARTMENT

 

CONVEYANCING

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Wiekus completed his studies at the North-West University, and joined the firm in 2009 as a candidate attorney.  He was admitted as attorney in 2011 and practiced as a professional assistant in the conveyancing department.

He was appointed a partner in 2016, and he specialises in Conveyancing and has experience in a wide range of property related matters.

ASSOCIATES

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Willem Van Rensburg

Associate

DEPARTMENT

 

COMMERCIAL

LAW

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Willem studied at the Rand Afrikaans University where he obtained his BA and B Proc degree. He was admitted as an attorney in 1997 and practised for his own account.

Willem joined the firm in March 2015 as an Associate. He specialises in corporate and commercial law, and civil litigation. Willem is also serving as group legal advisor, and serves as executive Director, for a JSE listed Property Fund.

PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANTS

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Sunita Townsend

Professional Assistant

DEPARTMENT


LITIGATION |

DEBT COLLECTIONS 

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Sunita studied at the University of Pretoria and was admitted as an attorney in 1998.  She commenced practice at a firm based in White River until 2003 when she opened her own firm and practiced for her own account.  In 2011 Townsend Attorneys was incorporated into the firm.  Sunita has a lot of experience with litigation matters, and she currently heads the correspondent litigation department.

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Lizelle Douglass

Professional Assistant

Tel: 013 745 3200 | Email: ldouglass@dtsmp.co.za

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Lizelle joined the firm in 1997 as a legal typist.  She commenced studies with the University of South Africa in 2007, while still in full-time employment and the service of her articles as a candidate attorney.  Lizelle was admitted as an attorney and notary public in 2017, as a conveyancer in 2018.  She practices as a professional assistant in the firm’s conveyancing and notarial department.

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Karushni Poonan

Professional Assistant

DEPARTMENT

 

CONVEYANCING

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Karushni studied at the University of Pretoria, and joined the firm in 2018 as a candidate attorney.  She was admitted as an attorney in 2020.  She practices as a professional assistant in the conveyancing department.

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Ronaldo Louw

Professional Assistant

DEPARTMENT

 

LITIGATION |

CRIMINAL LAW

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Ronaldo studied at the North-West University Potchefstroom, and joined the firm in 2018 as a candidate attorney.  He was admitted as an attorney in 2020.  He practices as a professional assistant in the firm’s litigation and criminal law departments.

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Marunelle Hitge

Professional Assistant

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Marunelle studied at the North-West University Potchefstroom and commenced her articles of clerkship in 2019 at a Pretoria law firm.  She was admitted as an attorney in 2020.  She practices as a professional assistant in the firm’s labour law, litigation, and debt collections departments.

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Jaco Vosloo

Professional Assistant

DEPARTMENT

 

LITIGATION |

DEBT COLLECTIONS

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Jaco studied at the University of Pretoria, and joined the firm in 2020 as a candidate attorney.  He was admitted as an attorney in 2021.  Jaco practices as a professional assistant in the collections and general litigation departments.