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We practise primarily in the areas of property developments and structures, legislative and regulatory advice, corporate property finance and banking, conveyancing, and various notarial services.

Our Conveyancing Experts

Our Conveyancing Experts

Candice Cellini

Director
Birnam
candice@tcinc.co.za
011 880 6695
082 713 7761

Samantha Farren

Director
Birnam
samantha@tcinc.co.za
011 880 6695
083 325 2425

Wilco Hefer

Director
Birnam
wilco@tcinc.co.za
011 880 6695
082 601 4822

Caroline Leppan

Director
Birnam
caroline@tcinc.co.za
011 880 6695
083 454 9837

Dave Pennington

Director
Birnam
dave@tcinc.co.za
011 880 6695
082 323 4856

Jaco Lötter

Director
Mossel Bay
Jaco@tcinc.co.za
044 220 0240
083 600 4903

Lebogang Sekete

Associate
Birnam
lebogang@tcinc.co.za
011 880 6695
071 678 3328

Natania Holtzhausen

Director
Birnam
natania@tcinc.co.za
011 880 6695
076 145 6211

Reneilwe Mokone

Director
Birnam
reneilwe@tcinc.co.za
011 880 6695
071 674 9906

Candice Cellini

Director
Birnam
candice@tcinc.co.za
011 880 6695
082 713 7761

Caroline Leppan

Director
Birnam
caroline@tcinc.co.za
011 880 6695
083 454 9837

Dave Pennington

Director
Birnam
dave@tcinc.co.za
011 880 6695
082 323 4856

Jaco Lötter

Director
Mossel Bay
Jaco@tcinc.co.za
044 220 0240
083 600 4903

Lebogang Sekete

Associate
Birnam
lebogang@tcinc.co.za
011 880 6695
071 678 3328

Natania Holtzhausen

Director
Birnam
natania@tcinc.co.za
011 880 6695
076 145 6211

Reneilwe Mokone

Director
Birnam
reneilwe@tcinc.co.za
011 880 6695
071 674 9906

Samantha Farren

Director
Birnam
samantha@tcinc.co.za
011 880 6695
083 325 2425

Wilco Hefer

Director
Birnam
wilco@tcinc.co.za
011 880 6695
082 601 4822

Featured Insights

Body corporates and access to information. What are the rules of engagement?

29 May 2024

Unit owners in a sectional title may from time to time feel that the body corporate is not managing the... scheme effectively or correctly. Whether such belief is legitimate or not, often comes down to the information that the owners have access to which can prove or allay fears of mismanagement. But, how do unit owners access information often under the control of the body corporate?

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The taxes applicable to a deceased estate

29 May 2024

When a person passes, their estate must be reported to SARS and so becomes a new taxpayer with various taxes... applicable. If the deceased had foreign assets, international taxes may also apply. The executor of the deceased estate is responsible for handling all tax matters related to the deceased estate, which can become quite complex, depending on the nature of the estate. In this article, we look at some of the most important taxes applicable to a deceased estate.

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Be careful not to let your medical negligence claim prescribe

29 May 2024

Medical negligence cases are notoriously complex and often hinge on the difficulty patients have in establishing that there was in... fact negligent conduct by a medical practitioner and then having to institute action for the harm they have suffered. By this time, substantial time may have passed, and the possibility of prescription may have reared its head. In this article, we briefly look at prescription in the context of medical negligence cases and what our courts have to say. 

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Why social media disputes can be a Pandora’s box

29 May 2024

Social media sites and the use of these sites for personal and business use are accepted in today’s digital world.... For many businesses their social media presence is a vital part of their ability to connect, engage and sell to their clients. But what happens, when owners change or the persons running these sites on behalf of a business refuse to provide access to the sites? How easy is it to address these disputes?

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When must I pay my increased sectional title levy?

29 May 2024

Body corporates charge levies and unit owners are obliged to pay such levies. But what if a body corporate increases... levies? When does the unit owner become responsible for paying such increased levies?

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Article

To extend or offend: Can you extend your sectional title unit?

29 May 2024

Owning property in a sectional title scheme requires the sharing of certain spaces with other owners. These shared spaces are... typically the common property of the scheme and can be defined as the land or buildings in the scheme which do not form part of any owner’s unit. But what if a unit owner wishes to extend their unit? Can the owner do so and extend their unit onto the common property? In this article, we explore the options available to the unit owner.

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Article

Suretyship vs Guarantee. What’s the difference?

02 May 2024

In this article, we look at two primary forms of security commonly found in financial transactions, namely suretyship agreements and... guarantees, and explain the difference between these two forms of security.

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Article

Leave to Appeal vs Special Leave to Appeal

02 May 2024

On 4 April 2024 in the matter of Savannah Country Estate Homeowners Association v Zero Plus Trading 194 (Pty) Ltd... and Others (773/2022) [2024] ZASCA 40, our Supreme Court of Appeal (“SCA”) had to address the important difference between an application for leave to appeal and an application for special leave to appeal. In this article, we analyse the SCA’s views in this regard.

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Can Landlords unilaterally charge for additional services?

02 May 2024

The relationship between landlord and tenant can be a complex one fraught with dangers for a careless landlord. In this... article, we explore whether a landlord can provide additional value-added services to its tenants beyond the scope of what is outlined in the lease agreement and then unilaterally charge extra for such services or remove existing services without consequence.

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Blazing changes in the National Veld and Forest Fire Amendment Bill

24 April 2024

In early April 2024, President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the National Veld and Forest Fire Amendment Bill.  

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Article

Body corporates and access to information. What are the rules of engagement?

29 May 2024

Unit owners in a sectional title may from time to time feel that the body corporate is not managing the... scheme effectively or correctly. Whether such belief is legitimate or not, often comes down to the information that the owners have access to which can prove or allay fears of mismanagement. But, how do unit owners access information often under the control of the body corporate?

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