Swemmer & Levin

Vredenburg & Velddrif: 022 713 2221
Saldanha & Langebaan: 022 714 2244


As an experienced team of independent-minded legal professionals, our firm combines over 100 years of legal experience to provide you with result-based legal solutions through maximising your opportunities, minimising your risk, and resolving your unique challenges.


At Swemmer & Levin, we are committed to providing outstanding legal solutions that are tailored to meet your unique needs. Our team of down-to-earth professionals delivers results in a timely and cost-effective manner, across a wide range of practice areas.


Know your rights and responsibilities

We keep you informed on the latest legislation and news to make sure you have the information you need to make educated decisions about your legal matter.

THE S&L promise

Partnering with us means you can expect:

  • Personalised service
  • Continuity
  • A Full-Spectrum Offering
  • Access to Established Networks
  • High Standards of Legal Work
  • Compliance With Ethical Norms and Standards
  • Risk Mitigation


Do you need a law firm that is poised with the knowledge and resources to exceed your expectations? For more than 100 years, we’ve been the voice of reason and the firm with foresight on the West Coast.

Ideally located

With offices based in Vredenburg, Velddrif, Saldanha, and Langebaan, we are ideally located to provide expert legal representation and advice throughout the entire West Coast.

Diverse Legal Team

We have a diverse, experienced, and well-rounded group of attorneys on staff with highly specialised backgrounds and expertise in multiple areas of law.

Well-Resourced Support Structure

Our support structure includes qualified paralegals, case managers, professional assistants and trust and estate specialists who work closely with you to ensure you receive personal and comprehensive attention.

Wide Array of Legal Solutions

Our full-spectrum offering enables us to meet the needs of our clients in more ways than any other law firm on the West Coast.

THE S&L professionals

The key to our long-running success? Our experienced team of independent thinkers who have the ability to challenge the status quo.
Introducing the brilliant minds who will guide you along the legal road:

Jan Fourie
Director | Attorney, Notary & Conveyancer | BA. LLB
Johann Maree
Director | Attorney | BA. LLB
Richard Phillips
Director | Attorney | Bcom & BProc
Pieter Smit

Director | Attorney & Conveyancer | BA. LLB

Jandré Smith
Director | Attorney | LLB

the human touch

We handle each case with care and attention, always looking for the best possible solution, based on each client’s unique needs.
Vredenburg & Velddrif: 022 713 2221
Saldanha & Langebaan:
022 714 2244

    Harmann Potgieter

    Attorney | LLB | NQF 7

    Harmann graduated in 2018 with an LLB degree from the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus. He went on to study and grow in various fields, including doing a course on the Consumer Protection Act and a course at the University of South Africa where he obtained his NQF 7 Certificate in the Administration of Deceased Estates.

    Harmann completed his articles of clerkship at Swemmer & Levin under the supervision of Mr Richard Phillips. After being admitted as an attorney in 2020, Harmann continued with Swemmer & Levin as a professional assistant in the deceased estates department as well as the litigation department. He loves to study, possesses a deep curiosity about the world, and is dedicated to giving back to the community.

    Andre van der Walt

    Attorney | LLB | NQF 7

    Andre graduated in 2015 with an LLB degree from the University of Pretoria. He later went on to obtain his NQF 7 Certificate in the Administration of Deceased Estates from the University of South Africa, which allowed him to further his career in deceased estates and the drafting of wills and trusts. Andre served his articles at Barnard & Patel Attorneys under the supervision of Mr YAS Patel. After being admitted as an attorney in 2016, he continued working at Barnard & Patel Attorneys as a professional assistant in the deceased estates department.

    Andre joined Van Rensburg Attorneys in 2019 and was head of the deceased estates department until 2021. He then received the opportunity to move to the West Coast, where he joined Swemmer & Levin Attorneys. Andre loves travelling and enjoys the beauty that our country has to offer with his friends, family, and loved ones.

    Jandré Smith

    Director | Attorney | LLB

    Jandré grew up and matriculated in the small Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn. He furthered his studies at the North-West University in Potchefstroom, obtaining his LLB degree during 2015. He completed his articles at Swemmer & Levin in 2017 and was subsequently appointed as a professional assistant. In 2020, Jandré was promoted to the position of director at the firm, where he practises in the Litigation department at our Langebaan office. When not practising law, Jandré is an avid sports fan. He has a passion for nature and enjoys camping, trail running, and mountain biking with his family.

    Richard Phillips

    Director | Attorney | Bcom & BProc

    After matriculating at Paarl Boys’ High School, Richard completed his BCom and BProc degrees at the University of Port Elizabeth. He served his articles with Van Wyk Fouchee in Paarl and quickly developed an affinity for litigation. Richard has always had a deep love for the ocean and when he was presented with an opportunity to join Swemmer & Levin on the West Coast, he agreed without hesitation and has been with our firm since 1997. Richard specialises in general litigation and divorces. When he is not in the office or with his family, he tries to spend as much time as possible in or on the water.

    Johann Maree

    Director | Attorney | BA. LLB

    Johann matriculated at Oudtshoorn High School and attended Stellenbosch University, where he obtained his BA Law and LLB degrees. Following his studies, he worked for three years as State Prosecutor at the Magistrate’s Court in Cape Town. Johann completed his legal training with the State Attorney in Pretoria and then moved to his hometown, Oudtshoorn, where he worked as a lawyer for a year. In 1983, he finally moved to Vredenburg and joined Swemmer & Levin, where he is still practising as a director. When he is not in the office, Johann enjoys cycling and in his earlier days, he used to be a long-distance junkie.

    Pieter Smit

    Director | Attorney & Conveyancer | BA. LLB

    Pieter obtained his BA Law degree from Stellenbosch University in 1995 and his LLB degree from the North-West University in Potchefstroom in 1998. He served his articles at Marais Muller Attorneys from 1998 to 1999 and was admitted as an attorney in 2000 and as a conveyancer in 2002. Pieter is the founder of PP Smit Attorneys, which opened its doors in 2004. He also became a director of Swemmer & Levin in 2006. Pieter loves the outdoors and participating in all forms of sport, including tennis, golf, fishing, spearfishing, scuba diving, and hiking. He also holds an LSA Pilot’s Licence and is a proud member of the Saldanha Flying Club.

    Jan Fourie

    Director |  Attorney, Notary & Conveyancer | BA. LLB

    Jan graduated in 1974 with a five-year BA LLB degree from the University of Stellenbosch, whereafter he was admitted as an advocate and prosecuted as such in the Cape Town and Wynberg Courts. In 1974, he joined Swemmer & Levin as the Candidate Attorney of Mr Levin (founding member) and was admitted as an attorney on 7 April 1976, as a conveyancer on 11 January 1978, and as a Notary on 19 December 1984. Since 1974, he has served in various committees, including the West Coast Chamber of Commerce, the Vredenburg School Committee, and the Malgas Lions Club. 

    Furthermore, Jan was the author of the first bilingual law book, The New Debt Collecting Procedures (Die Nuwe Skuldinvorderingsprosedures), which was used by all the Magistrate Courts throughout South Africa. With the founding of the Small Claims Court in Vredenburg, Jan served as one of the first Commissioners. He is currently based at Swemmer & Levin’s Vredenburg office and has been with our firm for more than 47 years.

    Carla Cloete

    Professional Assistant | LLB

    Carla obtained her LLB at the North West University, Potchefstroom Campus in 2015. She completed her articles in 2017 with Brits Dreyer Inc in Bellville. She is an admitted Attorney, Notary and Conveyancer. After her articles she relocated to Kimberley where she worked as a professional assistant in the Conveyancing department of Van de Wall Inc. Coming back to her Western Cape roots, she now joins the Swemmer & Levin team as a professional assistant.