Richard Evans & Associates is a boutique style law firm which was founded in 2006 by Richard Evans. Since 2006, Richard Evans has been joined in partnership by Jennifer Afton Sharp and Matthew Hill Bremner, themselves specialists in the firm’s property law niche.
Richard Evans & Associates is a leading firm in providing expert and specialist services in the fields of Town Planning, Environmental, Municipal and Property law.
Practising in over 9 areas of property law, we specialise in Town Planning, Environmental, Municipal, Conveyancing, Sectional Titles and Property development related matters.
We provide advise in all aspects of applications, objections and appeals for Special consent, Rezoning, Subdivision, Consolidation, Site and Retail License and more.
We can assist with interpreting legislation, environmental impact assessments, environmental authorisation applications & environmental authorisation appeals.
We can assist with enforcement action, building plan issues, applications for demolition & review of administrative decisions.
We can assist with valuation objections, rates objections and appeals. We also have experience in resolving a host of neighbour disputes.
Review, negotiation & drafting of agreements of sale, residential sales transfers, sectional title, deceased estate transfers, divorce order transfers and more.
Antenuptial contracts, certification of documents, apostilles, servitudes, exclusive use areas & notarial tie agreements.
Drafting, checking and negotiating sale agreements, registration of transfer of residential and commercial properties (free hold and sectional title), deceased estate transfers, divorce transfers, registration and cancellation of private mortgage bonds, registration and extension of sectional title schemes, applications to amend title deeds and applications to apply for duplicate original title deeds if lost or destroyed.
Ante-nuptial contracts, certification and authentication of documents, apostilles, registration and cancellation of servitudes, registration and cession of exclusive use areas, registration and cancellation of notarial tie agreements.
With over 50 years of combined legal experience, we pride ourselves in being industry leaders in all aspects of Town Planning, Property and Environmental Law.
We aim to provide quality legal advice that is catered to our individual client’s needs.
Our professionals, whilst having a broad exposure to legal practice, choose to focus on their respective areas of speciality and keep abreast of the latest legal developments in these areas of the law.
As a result, the advice we provide is up to date with the latest jurisprudence.
Client satisfaction is our top priority, and this reflects in the type of clientele we attract as well as which client’s insist on retaining us as their preferred legal counsel.
Universally, legal practitioners generally charge on a time-spent basis.
It is, therefore, not always possible to provide an accurate estimation of the legal costs likely to be incurred in a matter. In some instances, particularly conveyancing matters, charges are set in a tariff.
Generally, legal costs are influenced by the type of matter, how complex and/or how contentious a matter may be.
We believe an informed client, is a happy client.
We, therefore, ensure that our fee structure is discussed and agreed up front and that our clients are kept up to date with the legal costs being incurred so that we avoid any unexpected surprises.
Again, this depends on the type of matter involved.
We aim to put together the best strategies to resolve your matter as quickly and as cost effectively as possible.
Delays in some instances cannot be avoided, but with our expertise we reduce the likelihood of your matter becoming unnecessarily protracted.
This is the first aspect we consider in accepting any new instruction.
If your prospects of success are not good, we will advise you upfront.
We know that getting involved in contentious matters or proceeding with litigation is not pleasant for any client.
We advise you of your chances of success upfront so that you can make an informed decision.
Richard has over 40 years of experience in town planning and environmental law and has represented numerous property developers, private individuals and municipalities. He has served on specialist town planning panels to have new planning legislation introduced, provided specialist input for the adoption of new town planning schemes and presently serves as the Expert Technical Advisor on the Appeal Authority of a large municipality on the South Coast.
Jennifer joined Richard Evans & Associates in 2011 to grow the firm’s conveyancing and notarial practice and was made a Partner of the firm in March 2016. Jennifer heads up the firm’s conveyancing department and is assisted by Michelle du Toit, a specialist conveyancing paralegal. Jennifer specialises in the transfer of residential, sectional title and commercial properties, as well as subdivisions, consolidations, township establishment, developments and the registration and extension of sectional title schemes.
Matthew joined Richard Evans & Associates in 2018 and was made a partner of the firm in 2019. Matthew is head of the firm’s litigation department and his practice predominantly deals with issues relating to property, town planning, construction, environmental and petroleum licencing law. Matthew has represented clients in various forums and regularly appears in Municipal Planning and Appeal Tribunals as well as the High Court of South Africa.
Michelle joined the firm shortly after it was founded in 2006. Michelle works in the firm’s conveyancing department and assists Jennifer in all aspects of the firm’s conveyancing, sectional title, estate and notarial practice. Michelle is a qualified paralegal and is currently studying towards her Bachelor of Laws.
Nina has been with the firm since its inception. She is the firm’s bookkeeper and handles all of the firm’s administrative responsibilities.
Nicole is the “front-face” and client liaison of the firm. Nicole is also a qualified paralegal and provides administrative support to the partners of the firm.