Dickinson & Theunissen INC
The firm was first established in the middle seventies when (the late) Peter Dickinson and Graham Theunissen began practicing in partnership. Subsequently Mario Baldocchi and Mike Clift joined the firm. In 1992 Peter Dickinson retired and Frans Van Oers was appointed as a partner. Clinton Smith joined the firm as an articled clerk in 1999 and was admitted as an attorney in 2000. He was appointed as director in 2007. Rene Pringle who joined us to head up our Conveyancing Department became a director on 1 June 2017.
For approximately 20 years the firm conducted business in the centre of Pinetown from the Permanent Building in Crompton Street. In 1995 we purchased our new premises in Sunnyside Lane, where we are still based today.
We have a staff compliment of 23 which apart from the 4 directors, includes a candidate attorney, Elaine Moodley. We further employ seven secretarial assistants, 5 conveyancing para-legals and a client liaison officer.
We are especially proud of our:
Responsive management team
Close co-operation and liaison with our clients
Close liaison with financial institutions
Experienced and well trained staff
Commitment to the ethical standards of our profession
Knowledge of the latest developments in South African law
Having serviced the upper Highway area for approximately forty years we have a long and sustained relationship with its communities including Hillcrest, Kloof, Westville, Escombe, Queensburgh and Malvern.
Dickinson & Theunissen Inc. has a level to BEE status.
We offer inter alia the following services to our clients.
We believe we have by far the largest and most professional conveyancing practice in Pinetown and we have acted on behalf of Standard Bank, ABSA Bank, First National Bank and Nedbank.
On behalf of:
National financial institutions
National and local estate agencies
Individual and corporate clients
We have over the past 40 years, been entrusted with:
the transfer of properties and
the registration of mortgage, surety and notarial bonds with a combined value in excess of a billion Rand
Other property related services include:
Sectional title developments
Registration of private townships
Share block developments and conversions to sectional title
Low cost housing development schemes
Sale Agreements (Residential and commercial)
Deeds Office searches
ESTATE PLANNING AND ADMINISTRATION
Winding up and administration of deceased estates
Creating family and business Trusts
Estate planning and structuring
Deceased estate property transfers
Custody and access agreements
Post Nuptial contracts
Protection and Harassment Applications
Settling of disputes
Formation of Family Trusts, Business Trusts, Employee Trusts
General commercial and business advice
Preparing contracts for the sale of businesses or shares in companies
Agreements to cover retirement or death of partners or directors
Confidentiality and license agreements to protect intellectual property rights
Corporate due diligence
Leases: preparing and advising thereof
Landlord and tenant affairs
Trade and liquor licensing
Our directors have many years experience in the High Court, the Regional Court and the Magistrate’s Court including:-
Appeals and reviews
Labour Court representation
Representation and advice at the CCMA and / or bargaining councils
Advice to employers relating to labour matters including retrenchments and restraints of trade
Conducting disciplinary hearings at your workplace
Advice and assistance with retrenchment
Conducting ill health and incapacity enquiries at the workplace
Although the firm tries to use cost effective alternative dispute resolution measures such as arbitration and mediation, its general litigation services include:-
Litigation in all courts
Representation before judicial or quasi judicial boards, eg. Licensing, Road Transportation etc.
Motor collision and third part injury claims
Civil compensation claims eg. defamation, assault, dog bite and personal injury claims
Insolvency and rehabilitation applications
Banking and finance litigation
Collecting outstanding business debts and advising of risk strategies to reduce debt.