Austen Smith Attorneys, Conveyancers and Notaries in Pietermaritzburg

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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.

Legal Services

Fiduciary services

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…

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Litigation

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…

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Labour Law

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…

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Debt Collections

Debt Collections David Poole davidpoole@austensmith.co.za David Poole heads up the firm’s debt collections department which has over 20 years’ experience. All staff are actively involved with all of the collection matters on behalf of clients.  We adopt a hands-on approach and are also pragmatic about assessing the chances of the recovery of the debt. Our…

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Conveyancing

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 beanboy@austensmith.co.za Colin is the current head of the conveyancing department and is a specialist conveyancer who has a…

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The failure of an employer to follow the provisions of its own disciplinary code and procedures

8th May 2018

Employers have certain prerogatives relating to discipline, including the right to set rules and standards and to develop their own disciplinary procedures. These rules, standards and procedures are often set out in a disciplinary code. A disciplinary code usually comprises two parts. The first part is where disciplinary offences are described and a progressive series…

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SME’s PREPARE FOR THE 2018 FLU SEASON

3rd May 2018

With the Northern Hemisphere emerging from a particularly bad flu season, expect South Africa to be hard hit this winter. The H3N2 strain seems to be a particular concern because of its association with pneumonia and other complications. The sick-leave cost to the economy is going to be huge, and SMEs are particularly vulnerable. Think…

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WHEN IS DISMISSAL FAIR FOR A FAKE CV?

3rd May 2018

“…it cannot be right and proper to reinstate or re-employ a person in a position that was secured by the making of false statements” (Extract from a Labour Appeal Court judgment quoted in the case below)   Employees and employers alike should be aware of a recent Labour Court decision which once again underlines the…

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BITCOIN AND THE LAW – IS IT LEGAL, WHAT ABOUT TAX, AND CAN YOU LEAVE IT TO YOUR HEIRS?

3rd May 2018

Have you joined, or been tempted to join in, the “Bitcoin frenzy”? If so, read on. Bitcoin and Ethereum are probably the best known of the cryptocurrencies, but (as at 10 April 2018) there were over 1,565 of them, and that number is growing. Whether Bitcoin and its cousins are good investments is a matter…

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FACEBOOK DEFAMATION – THE TRUTH IS NOT ENOUGH!

3rd May 2018

You are engaged in a bitter dispute – perhaps it’s a fight over money, a family feud or a messy divorce, a disaffected employee or a vengeful neighbour. You decide to resort to Social Media “to tell the truth” about your nemesis. You feel totally safe doing so – after all, our Constitution protects our…

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Feathered Friend Update: Rumpole the Hooded vulture.

2nd May 2018

Austen Smith are proud supporters of a Hooded Vulture at the African Bird of Prey Sanctory, known as Rumpole.  We have been sending financial support for Rumpole since 2015, and will continue to do so.  We strongly encourage all those reading this, to please support the African Bird of Pray Sanctuary by visiting them, you…

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