Swemmer & Levin

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

OUR LEGAL edge

For more than 100 years, we have been guiding clients through life’s major decisions.

At Swemmer & Levin, we have built a reputation for being a knowledgeable and responsive law firm that delivers result-based legal solutions. Since the establishment of our firm in 1918, our attorneys have been committed to helping our clients, always striving to meet their unique needs and exceed their expectations.

While we have grown organically over time to assist clients from all walks of life, we have stayed true to our roots through a commitment to client excellence, grounded in local market knowledge. As such, we are uniquely positioned to provide global legal solutions with a local touch.

With offices in Vredenburg, Saldanha, Velddrif, and Langebaan, we are ready to assist you wherever you may be in the West Coast area.

WHY SWEMMER & LEVIN?

Apart from being the oldest law firm on the West Coast – earning clients’ trust while demonstrating endurance and long-term success, our firm has many other key differentiators.

Ideally located

Our firm is ideally situated to be of assistance to the entire West Coast, with offices in Vredenburg, Velddrif, Saldanha, and Langebaan.

Diverse Legal Team

Our firm has a balanced combination of professionals, ensuring a constant influx of the latest legal knowledge while guaranteeing the transfer of expert knowledge.

Well-Resourced Support Structure

Swemmer & Levin has a large and well-resourced support structure in place to ensure that our clients receive personal and comprehensive attention.

Wide Array of Legal Solutions

As the largest full-spectrum law firm in the area, we specialise in a wide array of areas, ranging from Property Law to Civil Litigation.

RESULT-BASED LEGAL SOLUTIONS SINCE 1918

THE SWEMMER & LEVIN WAY

Our long-standing success is built on:

Timely
Delivery

We pride ourselves on delivering bespoke and high-quality legal solutions to our clients in a timely manner.

Long-Term Personal Relationships

We are committed to building and maintaining sustainable, personal relationships with our clients.

Tailored Legal
Advice

Our team provides tailored legal advice by working closely with our clients to understand and meet their unique needs.

An Innovative and
Creative Approach

Our approach is both innovative and creative to ensure client satisfaction.

Result-Based
Legal Solutions

We strive to provide exceptional assistance that delivers the best possible outcomes for any legal matter.

Ongoing Support
and Guidance

We guide you through every step of your legal journey; easing the process and offering you clarity from all angles.

What can you expect when choosing to partner with us?

Personalised Solutions: We work directly with you, enabling us to completely understand your specific needs. Such an approach leads to stronger, more unified solutions for each individual client.

Continuity: Having been in business for over 100 years, means we’ve worked through multiple economic cycles and have been there to help our clients navigate through all kinds of legal challenges.

A Full-Spectrum Offering: Instead of limiting ourselves to just one area of the law, we offer a full spectrum of result-based solutions. Whether you need help obtaining contracts or defending against a lawsuit, our attorneys are ready to assist you.

Access to Established Networks: We have relationships with other firms throughout the country that we can leverage to help you realise your goals.

High Standards of Legal Work: You can expect our attorneys to pursue every avenue for solutions, whether it be through negotiation or litigation. We work hard to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries or damages.

Compliance With Ethical Norms and Standards: We also have compliance with ethical norms and standards that ensure your interests are protected and your case is handled within the bounds of professional conduct.

Risk Mitigation: Our attorneys do everything they can to avoid delays and reduce risks associated with litigation.

THE S&L professionals

Our firm is made up of a team of highly experienced and dedicated professionals.
Introducing the brilliant minds who will guide you along the legal road:

Jan Fourie
Director | Attorney, Notary & Conveyancer | BA. LLB
Pieter Smit

Director | Attorney & Conveyancer | BA. LLB

Johann Maree
Director | Attorney | BA. LLB
Richard Phillips
Director | Attorney | Bcom & BProc
Jandré Smith
Director | Attorney | LLB
Andre van der Walt
Attorney | LLB | NQF 7
Harmann Potgieter
Attorney | LLB | NQF 7
Carien Hamman

Attorney & Notary | LLB

Consultants

Kobus Potgieter

BProc (UPE)

Dolf Nel

BA (STELL), BProc (UNISA)

Mr Nel conducts estate valuations for Swemmer & Levin.

THE LAW FIRM WITH
the human touch

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

    Carien Hamman

    Attorney & Notary | LLB

    Carien grew up and matriculated in the picturesque town of Ceres, whereafter she furthered her studies at the University of Stellenbosch and obtained her LLB degree in 2015. She completed her articles at VanderSpuy Cape Town in 2017 and stayed on as an associate litigant after being admitted as an attorney during early 2018. Carien loves the countryside and thus ventured back to Ceres where she joined Joubert Van Vuuren Inc. for a year. However, when she was presented with the opportunity to enjoy both the country- and the seaside, she couldn’t resist and joined Swemmer & Levin at the beginning of 2022 as an avid litigator. When she is not at the office, Carien enjoys long walks, wine tasting, and exploring the area with her family and friends.