Providing specialised solutions across the fields of development, planning and environmental law with particular expertise in the land-legal sector.

Pioneering property and
development legal solutions

General conveyancing

Our dedicated conveyancing team provides a personal touch as it delivers on tasks related to the sale and transfer of properties including: sales facilitation, commercial leases, property administration, management and development, as well as general property transactions. We provide services for all property-related transfers including residential and commercial transactions, and sectional title schemes.

Project-related conveyancing

HSG provides a boutique offering in project-related conveyancing including all tasks related to development applications, opening of township registers, obtaining of compliance certificates, bulk land transfers, sub-division and consolidation and project related conveyancing including low cost housing transfers. We provide an offering which takes the township development process from the approval stage to the transfer of homes and properties to the end user.

Property law

Our property law services deal with all aspects of property law irrespective of size or complexity. Our holistic offering includes private, corporate and public entity conveyancing and transfers, property related contracts and leases, Sectional Title and conventional conveyancing, sectional title development, property timeshare, and township establishment. We assist individuals, developers and public entities with all aspects of their property projects.

Planning law

HSG has experience in all areas of planning law and policy. We act for the landowner, developer and local authority clients on a variety of matters ranging from planning applications, objection letters, providing input and advice, and drafting planning agreements for mixed-use projects. Our understanding of and speciality with reference to the Spatial Land Use Management Act No 16 of 2003 provides accurate and precise input for our projects. We pride ourselves on delivering practical, commercial and cost effective solutions for clients.

Land-legal solutions

Within South Africa the ownership, stability of tenure and transfer of land can be affected by various impediments such as tenure conflict and insecurity, tenure, eviction processes and tenure rectification solutions. HSG provides an offering that identifies, rectifies and resolves complicated tenure matters which are affected by these impasses. Through our involvement with the GeoAfrika Group, we are able to network and partner with Professional Land Surveyors and Specialist Geographic Information Systems professionals in order to provide a holistic offering to resolving land tenure impediments.

Land tenure resolutions

HSG provides a specialised offering in resolving tenure conflicts and security matters, our dynamic involvement within the GeoAfrika group of properties provides us with specialised skill and professional ability to identify necessary steps to resolve conflict and insecurity for land owners. We are therefore able to assist clients with all necessary steps from identification through to the transfer of property.

Notarial practice

HSG’s notarial practice assists clients with the drafting and the authentication of legal documents. Our notary attorneys have passed the practical exam and have been admitted in the High Court in order to practice. Our vast experience in this field assists us with providing the following services:

  • Registration of antenuptial contracts
  • Registration and cancellation of notarial bonds
  • Registration and cancellation of notarial lease agreements
  • Registration and cancellation of notarial servitudes
  • Registration of notarial trusts
  • Drafting of foreign notarial wills
  • Prospecting and mining contracts
  • General notarial practice and drafting of agreements
Environmental law

South Africa has prioritised sustainable development. This includes care of the environment and forethought into the consequences of a development on the environment (underpinned by the National Environmental Management Act and associated regulations).

As a pioneer in the field of environmental law, HSG offers holistic environmental expertise to our clients. This includes the resources of our Environmental Attorney and Environmental Specialist. Tasks in this offering include:

  • The compilation of project environmental proposals, Environmental Management Programmes (EMPrs) and environmental reports, interpreting of specialist and technical reports
  • Conducting field surveys to establish a baseline condition for a site or area of consideration, and the production of environmental scanning reports
  • The undertaking of the role of an Environmental Assessment Practitioner and/or the management of the Environmental Authorisation Processes, such as the Basic Assessment Report (BA), and Scoping and Environmental Impact Reports (EIA)
  • Subcontracting and supervising the required specialists for the BA or EIA process
  • Acting as an Environmental Control Officer (ECO) to ensure the environmental compliance with the environmental authorisation of all contractors
  • Undertaking Project Development Applications and/or Preliminary Environmental Assessments
  • Reporting to the client on a regular basis detailing the status of the application
  • Providing legal environmental interpretation and opinion to clients
  • Appealing and/or amending environmental authorisations
Property management

HSG provides a tailor-made solution to your property management needs. Depending on the size and type of management needed (Commercial, residential, Home Owners Association, nation-wide industrial management) we are able to provide a custom solution to your needs including an experienced management team dedicated to ensuring the smooth operation and management of your property investment.
Our current tasks include:

  • Acquisition, ennoblement and disposal of land, Sectional Title Units, and retail space
  • Preparation of lease agreements including the reviewing and renewal of leases
  • Financial management reporting
  • Building Management
  • Management and tender procedures for service providers
  • Contractor selections (including B-BBEE credentials, capacity, resources, capabilities etc.)
  • Property inspections
  • Maintenance and facilities management
  • Administration Services including the coordination and minutes of Trustee and AGM meetings and Trustee portfolios, credit checks, reference confirmations and tenant screening etc
Commercial law

Our commercial law offering comprises a full spectrum of Corporate and Commercial law services. We aspire to provide exceptional service by providing accurate and practical advice as we progress through your matter. Our services include:

  • Drafting contracts and legal documentation for commercial contracts including Sale Agreements, Leases, Partnerships, Joint Ventures and Shareholder Agreements
  • Structuring transactions
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Business Structures & Joint Ventures
  • Property Law Agreements (including Licensing and Royalty Agreements)
Property-related litigation

HSG offers clients specialised litigation with an emphasis on property-related matters. Our litigation team aims to assist clients when a problem arises with quick, tactical advice and responsive action. We support our clients in resolving disputes using negotiation, arbitration, mediation and when necessary, court action. Our main focus in Property-related Litigation is:

  • Rental agreements
  • Offer to purchase
  • Property development rights / disputes
  • Landlord and tenant disputes; and
  • Eviction orders.