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Debt Collection

We act as attorneys for a number of South Africa’s large commercial property owners and for the Managing Agents administering these properties on behalf of the owners.  Our clients include JHI, David Newham Property Management (Pty) Ltd, Hermans & Roman Property Solutions (Pty) Ltd, Pareto/MMI Partnership (the owners of Tyger Valley Centre), Eris Properties, Capital Land Asset Managers, Bordiss Properties, Nvest Properties etc. We regularly assist our clients in negotiating and finalising all commercial agreements between Landlord and Tenant including interpretation of the terms of lease- and other commercial agreements. We also regularly deal with litigation aimed at collection of the arrear rentals and/or eviction of defaulting tenants having regard to the latest developments pertaining to the Consumer Protection as well as PIE legislation. Collectively the current directors of PPM have in excess of 30 years’ experience in this field. Patrick Mc Enery is our director heading this department. Collectively Patrick’s competent staff members assisting him in managing this department have experience in excess of 50 years in this field.

Litigation

Collectively the directors of PPM have in excess of 30 years experienced in litigation covering a wide spectrum of actions including disputes regarding agency commission, alienation of land, architectural disputes, contractual disputes, credit agreements, all disputes concerning landlord and tenant, disputed sale agreements, damages claims based on negligence. We have been involved in litigation in the High Court, Magistrates’ Court and by means of Arbitration. We have also resolved numerous disputes by means of mediation and thereby obviating unnecessary legal costs to the advantage of our clients. We dealt with all the litigation and disputes which came about as a result of the recent revamping of the Tyger Valley Centre.  In one of these disputes, the total legal costs for both parties (our client and the tenant), exceeded R30 million. We have extensive experience in all aspects relating to the sequestration of individuals or Trusts and the liquidation of companies and close corporations. Our field of expertise includes insolvency enquiries, forensic investigations and -analyses, investigation of suspicious transactions, uncovering of assets and the realisation thereof to the benefit of creditors, company rescue procedures and rehabilitation of individuals. We have over a period of many years been involved in several large liquidations and enquiries and have recovered assets to the value of millions of rands for the benefit of our clients and creditors. We have, among others, brought applications outside the Republic of South Africa for the attachment of funds and recovered these for the benefit of clients and creditors.

Commercial Law

We have many years of experience and expertise in negotiating and drafting of a wide variety of commercial agreements and documents, including deeds of sale for all types of property, sale of business agreements, lease agreements, Trust deeds, surety documents,   Management / Mandate agreements between landlord and property administrators, service level agreements, loan agreements, memorandum of incorporation, shareholders’ agreements etc. We regularly furnished our clients with legal opinions on a wide variety of commercial problems.  Both Schalk Marais and Patrick Mc Enery are regularly involved in commercial work.

Property Law

Our conveyancing Department deals with property transfers, drafting of all relevant commercial agreements, ante-nuptial contracts etc. Beverley Adams, who is at present studying towards obtaining her LLB degree, has approximately 13 years’ experience in this field. Schalk Marais has been the principle of his own Estate Agency and has therefore gained first-hand experience in resolving a variety of problems which regularly feature in property transactions generally.

Insolvency

We have extensive experience in all aspects relating to the sequestration of individuals or Trusts and the liquidation of companies. Our field of expertise includes sequestration and liquidation applications, insolvency enquiries, forensic investigations and -analyses, investigation of suspicious transactions, uncovering of assets and the realisation thereof to the benefit of creditors, company rescue procedures and rehabilitation of individuals.