Austen Smith Attorneys, Conveyancers and Notaries in Pietermaritzburg
Austen Smith offers a wide-range of expert legal advice in various fields, including High Court, Regional Court and Magistrate’s Court litigation, Collections, Conveyancing and Agency Conveyancing, as well as Commercial Law. We also have a Specialist Fiduciary Services Department and are perfectly positioned to offer you superior Estate Planning and Trust advice.
Situated in the Provincial Capital, Pietermaritzburg, and at the seat of the High Court, the Master’s Office and the provincial Deeds Office, we are proud to serve both our local community and our agents in other provinces.
Maintaining consistently high standards of work in our Bond Departments, we have served on the panels of the 4 major South African banks for decades. Our relationship with Standard Bank goes back over 100 years.
We are an authorised financial services provider, duly registered with the Financial Services Board and we have a dedicated investment administrator who ensures that your valuable investment is invested optimally and at favourable rates with the major banking institutions.
Fiduciary Services Fiduciary Services Administration of deceased estates Formation and administration of inter vivos trusts Administration of trusts mortis causa Asset management and personal affairs administration Investment of clients funds in the money market, unit trusts, stock market and in mortgage bonds Drawing of wills and estate planning Income tax advice Tax and Estate planning…Read More
Litigation Constitutional Court Litigation relating to constitutional issues and rights High Court Motion Court appearances Civil litigation Commercial litigation Matrimonial and family law litigation Motor vehicle accident claims Personal injury claims Liquidations and Insolvencies Criminal law cases Magistrate’s Court Civil litigation Criminal cases in both district and regional courts Arbitrations and Mediation – in civil…Read More
Labour Law Employment contracts, including conditions of employment Negotiation of collective agreements Wage negotiations Dispute resolution Representation in CCMA and Labour Courts Nicci joined Austen Smith in 2016 as a Consultant in South African Labour Law. Nicci’s academic qualifications include BA(UNP), LLB(UNP), LLM(UKZN). With regard to her professional qualifications, Nicci is an Admitted Attorney and…Read More
Debt Collections David Poole firstname.lastname@example.org David heads up the firm’s collections department and is actively involved with all of the collections matters on behalf of clients. He adopts a hands-on approach and is also pragmatic about assessing the chances of recovery of debts. Dave was admitted in 1992 and has more than ten years’ experience…Read More
Conveyancing Services Transfers of conventional properties Opening sectional title registers Registrations of mortgage bonds Registration of Notarial bonds and deeds eg Servitudes Negotiation of Mortgage bonds Opening of Township registers Sectional title transfers Township development Colin Boyes email@example.com Colin is the current head of the conveyancing department and is a specialist conveyancer who has a…Read More
News & Events
Are Uber drivers employees or independent contractors?: A discussion of Uber South Africa Technology Services (Pty) Ltd v National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (NUPSAW) and others  ZALCCT 1 (12 January 2018). The respondents were drivers/partner drivers of Uber BV (which is based in The Netherlands). Uber SA, a local subsidiary company of…Read More
“If you hear something (straight) from the horse’s mouth, you hear it from the person who has direct personal knowledge of it” (Cambridge Dictionary) We all know by now that the VAT rate increased from 14% to 15% on 1 April. How does that affect your residential property sale/purchase? We are talking big money here…Read More
When will the enforcement provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act (“POPI” or “POPIA”) come into effect? Latest indications are that the Information Regulator will announce final Regulations and a commencement date shortly, but there have been so many delays already that we perhaps shouldn’t be holding our breath on that one. Three important…Read More
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“Co-ownership is the mother of disputes” (Roman law maxim) Buying property can be an excellent investment, but it can also be expensive. So sometimes it makes a lot of sense to share the financial burden with someone else. Perhaps for example you are spouses or life partners buying your first home. Perhaps you are…Read More
Mama Ntombi’s Community Projects was founded in 2007 and is caring for about 450 children at the Jika Joe and Ezinketheni Informal Settlements. Their main focus areas are: Caring for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Educational support o Career guidance o Home visits to identified vulnerable children at risk o Visits to the schools they attend…Read More