VFV Attorneys is a legal firm that provides a wide range of commercial legal services to its clients.
In order to apply our expertise and enhance our experience we understand that in order to provide sound and efficient legal advice to our clients, we need to keep ourselves abreast with the developments in law and in business. Our philosophy is simple…if our advice keeps our client in business, they will keep us in business.
As a law firm that prides itself in understanding both the legal and business environments in our country, we draw our people from both these environments. We have always subscribed to the highest ethical standards, professionalism, reliability and trustworthiness.
The firm was started by Schalk van der Merwe in 1979 and now boasts 8 Partners. VFV has committed itself to a rapid growth in order to become a truly South African firm of attorneys and to provide a more comprehensive service to our clients.
We have a staff compliment of over 75 people consisting of:
The firm has adopted a new growth path that is aimed at making it truly South African in its profile, its staffing, the clients that it services and services rendered.
As we mainly represent business clients and entities, our key focus is on commercial work and litigation.
Our services include commercial agreements and advices, incorporation of these entities, the running and rescuing of them, selling and purchasing entities and stakes therein, advising clients when disputes arise, representing clients in various dispute resolution forums, township establishment and development, sectional title and property development, purchase and sale of immovable property and estate planning.
COMMERCIAL LAW AND COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS
The firm understands the needs of business and of developments taking place in the legal environment within which businesses operate. We understand our role as giving advice and providing services that make business sense in the South African environment. We are required to advise business people on how they can best meet the requirements of their business enterprises within the ambit of the law.
AREAS OF SPECIALISATION
- Acquisitions, Mergers and Take-overs
- Business Rescue
- Commercial Contracts and Joint Ventures
- Commercial Entities
- Company Law
- Compliance and Corporate Governance
- Competition Law
- Empowerment Transactions
- International Trade
- Children’s Rights
- Divorce Proceedings
- Maintenance and contact disputes
- Parental Rights and Responsibilities
Mediation has long been an underutilised and underestimated dispute resolution tool. With the advent of a new Rule of Court, rule 41A, it has so become a mandatory pre-action requirement to consider mediation prior to instituting action.
This requirement, together with the obvious savings in time and legal costs, has pushed mediation to the forefront.
The firm is fully equipped to attend to mediations, both in representing parties, as well as acting as mediators. Schalk van der Merwe and Geoff Ferreira are accredited mediators with Conflict Dynamics, and founding members of TIMA, the Tshwane Independent Mediation Association. The firm also has sufficient facilities and boardroom space to host mediations.
- Administration of Estates
- Estate Planning
- Commercial and residential developments
- Notarial Practice
- Mining and Mineral Law
- Sectional Title Development
- Customs and Excise disputes
- Dispute resolution in terms of the Tax Administration Act
- Income Tax
VFV Attorneys offer a Call Centre solution for pre-legal and legal insurance and general commercial services for a wide variety of clients.
Due to the various methods employed and the system driven environment, we can tailor make your solution.
Our expertise includes traditional collections for the medical fraternity, Insurance Industry on liability matters arising from motor vehicle accident claims, as well as commercial claims and recovery of professional fees and penalties.
We advocate management of debtors, rather than collection of bad debt. As a result, first contact is always a customer service exercise on behalf of our client and we focus on effectively communicating the magnitude of the problem of arrear accounts, whilst at the same time providing an affordable solution to the debtor. Our success on early management of debtors effectively reduces bad debt write-offs as well as proves to retain customers for the continuation of a long-term relationship.
In those instances where it is required, either as instruction from our client, or as a result of truly delinquent accounts, the legal process is initiated. Until a matter becomes formally opposed however, it remains in the call centre, where follow up communication with the debtor takes place through telephone calls, sms messages and e-mails.
CONTINGENCY BASED SERVICES
The Insurance Department operates on the principal of no success, no fee, and accepts instructions on a contingency basis.
Partner – Jan van Wyk
Partner – Thys van Wyk
Attorney – Bernelee Venter
Head of Department – Lanie de Beer
Ligation Manager – Naomie Schoeman
Uninsured Recoveries – Dries de la Rey
Recoveries and Liabilities Manager – Tebogo Hlakudi
Insured Manager – Neo Motale
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