Jean is a Director at DML having joined us in 2021 and heads up our Property pillar.
Jean has over thirty years of experience in Commercial Property Law encompassing all aspects of Conveyancing and Notarial Practice, notably sectional title registrations including the opening of Sectional Title Registers and its extensions, technical conveyancing documents, residential and commercial transfers, and registering of bonds.
Jean has played a key role by providing advice and input for property developers in both the private and public sectors, through all the phases of proposed developments. This includes negotiating; conducting due diligence reports; enabling effective cashflow management, maximising tax benefits, advising on contested issues and identifying potential objections. Jean interacts with the members of the development team such as architects, town planners, quantity surveyors and engineers etc.
She has extensive experience with Township Ordinances and Town Planning legislation and has applied it to various Commercial and Residential Developments such as: Gated Security Estates; Office and Industrial Parks; Commercial shopping malls, as well as Renewable Energy Projects.
Jean has further experience in the drafting and advising on all aspects of property transactions, including agreements of sale, rental enterprise agreements, development agreements, share block sale agreements, homeowner’s association constitutions, bodies’ corporate management and conduct rules.
Jean graduated in 1990 with a BA LLB from the University of Cape Town. She completed her articles at Sonnenberg Hoffman Galombik and was admitted as an Attorney and Conveyancer in 1992 and a Notary Public in 1993. She was appointed as a Senior Associate in 1994, and Partner in 1995. She continued to practise as Director in the merged firm of Edward Nathan Sonnenberg, until 2013 but then joined Fairbridges Wertheim Becker Inc. in 2015.
Jean also served as a member of the Property Law Committee of the Cape Law Society, and is currently a member of the Competency-based Admission Examinations Panel of the Legal Practise Council of South Africa.
Jean enjoys spending time outdoors, particularly long walks on the beach, travelling and reading.
BA (Political Studies Africa) (University of Cape Town)
LLB (University of Cape Town)
Admission as an Attorney and Conveyancer: 1992
Admission as a Notary Public: 1993