We believe that the strength of our legal team is attributable to our enthusiasm for and interest in the law and in the business and interests of our clients. With the best of technological resources available to us, we are ideally positioned to service clients of high profile.
André Hendrik Swart (BA LLB, Advanced Diploma in Labour Law, LLM Planning- and Environmental Law)
Chimone Otto (LLB)
Theresa Campher (B Proc LLB)
Stadler & Swart Attorneys Incorporated was established in George in 1982. Over the years the firm has maintained a tradition of excellence and has gone from strength to strength by constantly assimilating and developing new skills. Due to its large client base consisting of corporate clients as well as professional individuals involved in one or more of the multi-disciplinary facets of property development, Stadler & Swart Attorneys Inc attends to instructions throughout the Western Cape as well as other parts of the country. Consequently, we maintain strong and enduring relationships with many corporate and individual clients and we continue to advance in a very competitive legal and business environment. Our clientele bears witness to this.
Some of our high profile clients include:
STRENGTHS OF STADLER AND SWART
Stadler & Swart Attorneys Inc are specialists in the environmental law field and have been practicing as such for the past 24 years. Our Senior Attorney, AH Swart, possesses a Masters Degree in Environmental Law and has over many years acted for local authorities and high profile developers in the Environmental Law field. We have in the past advised the majority of the local authorities in the Southern Cape on strategic environmental issues, including environmental impact assessments within the context of spatial plans such as IDP’s and SDF’s.
We have extensive experience in the review of environmental reports since the advent of the first EIA Regulations during 1997.
We have strong relationships with the officials of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in George as well as in Cape Town and are currently in the process of forging these same bonds with the Department of Water Affairs.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND PROPERTY LAW
The strength and growth of the property law department of Stadler & Swart Attorneys Inc is securely based upon their specialist knowledge and experience in the field of local government and property law with specific emphasis on their specialist knowledge and experience of development-, administrative-, planning-, environmental- and local government law.
Stadler & Swart Attorneys Inc advises various local authorities on all the aspects of local government, planning- and environmental law, including the George Municipality, Eden District Municipality, Mosselbay Municipality, Oudtshoorn Municipality, Knysna Municipality, Hessequa Municipality and Theewaterskloof Municipality.
As far as developer clients are concerned, Stadler & Swart Attorneys Inc gets involved in the property development projects of their clients at a very early stage and assists in and serves as a watch dog to the processing of all incidental development applications in terms of applicable planning- and environmental legislation. Their involvement ensures that development applications are processed in strict compliance with applicable statutory provisions which to a large extent entrenches the application processes of their clients against appeals or review applications that might hold merit and result in delays being experienced in the implementation of their client’s development projects. Various high profile corporate clients as well as local authorities employ the services of Stadler & Swart Attorneys Inc on the afore-said basis with the obvious beneficial effect on legal work incidental to property development and the conveyancing of immovable properties.
We serve as specialist advisors to some of the most well know and respected town and regional planning companies as well as environmental consultant involved in property development projects.
COMMERCIAL AND CORPORATE LAW
We focus on all aspects of commercial work derived form all sectors of the economy with emphasis on property related commercial work, insolvency law, insurance law and the law of contract.
Our litigation department exclusively attends to High Court litigation incidental to our property law –and commercial law department with specific emphasis on review applications, interdicts and statutory appeals incidental to property development projects. Stadler & Swart Attorneys has extensive experience in administrative and municipal law litigation.
Notable court cases which we have attended to and which have been reported in the Law Reports include:
Some of the high-profile property developments to which our firm serves as legal advisors are listed below. We were instrumental in obtaining the development rights of these developments which are therefore ripe to be implemented.
The development will be comprised of approximately 900 units consisting of Single Residential erven, 2 Group Housing erven, 1 Hotel/Village with tourism components and 2 business erven.
This Development almost constitutes a new town (approximate number of units : 7783) and is the largest development approval in the Southern Cape in history, the development period of which is estimated to be between 15 and 25 years. The proposed development consists of a mixed use integrated development that includes a conference and expo centre, a waterfront village, a tourism village (that includes business and retail), a knowledge and corporate offices park, a eco-estate, high density residential/ social housing, sport facilities, a network of open spaces and water features, access and through roads.
100 exclusive up market Single Residential units in the heart of Stellenbosch Winelands.
Exclusive Knysna River Reserve Hall of Fame Resort. Estimated 550 units.
Hartenbos River Park Retirement Lifestyle Resort will be comprised of 196 residential units.
An estimated 500 units on the championship golf course at Oudtshoorn.
The development will be comprised of 70 exclusive resort units on waterfront of Knysna Lake.
The development will be comprised of an institution for physically and mentally handicapped people, 3 business units and approximately 400 residential units.
The development will be comprised of approximately 220 residential units.
We also serve as legal advisors to other small and medium property developers.
A pivotal policy of Stadler & Swart Attorneys Inc is to foster strong and enduring relationships with certain key business partners. The focus in this context is to add value to the businesses of our clients by means of inter alia furnishing legal advice to our clients and specifically running appropriate training programs with our strategic business partners focusing inter alia on the risks involved in property development in general and also the risks incidental to financing development projects and commercial properties by identifying prominent pitfalls. In the aforementioned respect our focus is on the following sectors, especially related to the property market:
We foster particularly good relationships with the administration of the different municipalities.