The firm has specialised Local and Agency Conveyancing Departments.

The Services provided are:

  • Drafting of Agreements and Contracts
  • Transfers of conventional properties
  • Opening of Sectional Title registers
  • Registrations of Mortgage Bonds
  • Sectional Title transfers
  • Opening of Township Registers
  • Township Developments
  • Registration of Notarial Deeds including Servitudes and Bonds
  • Arranging short term bridging finance
  • Facilitating mortgage loans on behalf of clients
  • Agency Conveyancing

As an ongoing discipline, the Conveyancers and Professional Staff regularly keep their skills and knowledge up to date by attending Seminars and other updates relating to their practices.

The Conveyancers in the Local Conveyancing Department are Allan Hartley, Colin Boyes and Kath Rees and who between them have a combined experience of a hundred years!

The firm serves on the panels of Standard Bank being on the Bank's "A" panel, Absa Bank, FNB and Nedbank.

The firm has had an extremely lengthy relationship with the Standard Bank having been their attorneys for over 125 years.

Austen Smith was recently adjudged by Nedbank as the Top Performing KZN Attorney for 2017 in recognition for "OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE'.

In addition, Austen Smith has a very close and long standing working relationship with a number of Estate Agencies including the Harcourts group.

The firm's policy is to keep in close contact with its clients and where necessary, and at no additional charge, for a Conveyancer to personally visit clients at their place of residence or work in order to sign documentation.

Colin Boyes also has a lengthy history with the firm having practiced as an Attorney and Conveyancer for 40 years. He is the current head of the conveyancing department and is a specialist conveyancer who has a broad-based general conveyancing practice which includes the drafting of contracts and agreements.

Allan Hartley is an expert on Sectional Title Developments and has practiced as an Attorney, Conveyancer and Notary Public in the firm for in excess of 42 years and as such is enabled with vast experience.  He served for many years on the KZN Law Society and is a delegate on the Standing Committee of the Property Law Committee.  He was instrumental in registering the first township in terms of the Development Facilitation Act No 67 of 1995. He also has vast experience in Sectional Title development work.

Kathryn Rees (Senior Managing Partner)

Kathryn Rees also completed her articles with Austen Smith and has practiced as an Attorney and Conveyancer for 16 years. She is the current Senior and Managing Partner and has specialised in family and matrimonial law with a general civil litigation practice in both the High Court and Magistrate Court and Plaintiff's claims against the Road Accident Fund.  In addition, she handles labour matters, representing clients in the CCMA and Labour Court and drawing of contracts and disciplinary procedures and policies. In addition to this busy practice, she is a Conveyancer dealing with local matters and acting for various banking institutions.

Bruce Gemmell (Consultant)

Bruce was the Senior Partner of Hathorn Cameron and joined Austen Smith with his Agency practice in 2009. He has vast experience having spent 11 of his earlier years working in the Deeds Office where he was a Senior Examiner before going in to general practice. Bruce has come a full circle having served his articles with Smythe & Company which amalgamated with Austen Smith.

Susan Stanford (Consultant)

Susan Stanford

Susan Stanford also has a wealth of experience having been in law as a Conveyancer and Notary Public for 18 years.  Apart from her Agency work, Susan also attends to certain local conveyancing and commercial work together with her Notary's practice. She has an extensive knowledge of township developments and sectional title work.


Please accept my grateful thanks for the best work that I have yet seen in all my dealings with attorneys. The service has been outstanding. I have made a note that that I need to change attorneys to your Firm for future transactions – that is how impressive the service has been.

 - Rajen

Super thanks for you professional services Whitney.

 - Mark