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Welcome to Strauss Scher Attorneys

Strauss Scher is a boutique property legal practice specialising in all aspects of real estate law with particular emphasis on property development. We have close relationships with our clients and advise on all aspects of real estate transactions from acquisition, through development and provide an extremely efficient conveyancing service.

Commercial Property Matters

Drafting of all forms of agreements pertaining to property development, including sale, lease, development, subscription and shareholders agreements, as well as documents of security.

Land Use Rights, Sectional Title & Township Development

We have a well established reputation for opening sectional title registers and simultaneously transferring units within precise time frames. We also advise with regards to zoning and represent applicants and objectors at town planning tribunals.

Conveyancing

We specialize in intricate conveyancing work, including the opening of township registers, establishing sectional title schemes, consolidations and, of course, transfer and bond registrations.

Property Litigation & Notarial Services

We handle major property related litigation. Five of our attorneys are practicing notaries.

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23

Years in Business

215

Schemes Opened

6

Lawyers

19

Supporting Team

100

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Our Service

The Leading Boutique Property Law Practice.

We get to know our clients and make it our business to understand property development. As long standing members of SAPOA we know the levels of expertise our clients require and strive to exceed their expectations.

Our colleagues and clients will say that we “Punch above our weight”. We are proud of our reputation. Small and focused, we act for a number of prominent property developers. We are an equal opportunity employer and share our knowledge and expertise with our colleagues on a regular and pro-active basis.

We advise on agreements to acquire immovable property, handle due diligence investigations, advise on zoning and environmental matters including processes, deal with land claims, appear before administrative tribunals, draft leases, sale, subscription and shareholders, joint venture, co-ownership and development agreements as well as loan and other

security related documents. We are privileged to act for the all the major banks for whom we register mortgage bonds and advise on property development matters.

We maintain an extremely effective, well managed and highly motivated conveyancing department and confidently handle esoteric and complex registrations in Deeds Offices throughout the country.

In Strauss Scher you will find lawyers who are not only outstanding conveyancers but who understand property development and who are able to contribute to and add relevant real value to our clients’ businesses.

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THE FOUNDERS

The practice was founded in October 1994 by Johann Strauss and Julian Scher. Johann had been a partner at Webber Wentzel for over 20 years and Julian completed his articles with Johann as his Principal. Johann brought to the firm many years of fine commercial and litigation experience in addition to him being a wonderful human being.  Johann sadly passed away in 2011 but his spirit and legacy remain with the firm to this day.

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Strauss Scher is a boutique property legal practice specialising in all aspects of real estate development law.

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Team

Directors: Julian, Lynette and Nandini are supported by 3 competent young conveyancers. Our structure is open and constructive with support being provided at all levels.

Julian Scher
Julian Scher

Julian Scher

Director: B.Comm LLB (WITS)

Julian was articled and an associate at Webber Wentzel. Subsequently, Julian expanded his experience spending a few years at UAL Merchant Bank. Julian’s focus is predominantly on the commercial aspects of property development, sectional title, property litigation, town planning work and conveyancing. Julian went to Westville Boys’ High and Wits University and is married with three children. Julian hosted the legal show on Radio 702 for many years and remains one of their regular contributing experts. Julian relaxes when driving his classic cars or listening to his extensive music collection.

Lynette Rajchrt
Lynette Rajchrt

Lynette Rajchrt

Director: B.Comm LLB (WITS)

Lynette completed articles at Strauss Scher in 1995 and became a director of the firm in 2000. Lynette is the firm’s lead conveyancer with a wealth of conveyancing experience, including in the establishment of townships and sectional title schemes. Lynette went to Randpark High School and Wits University and is married with two children. Lynette loves to read, travel with her family and enjoys the outdoors.

Nandini Naidoo
Nandini Naidoo

Nandini Naidoo

Director: BA LLB (WITS)

Nandini joined Strauss Scher in 2010 when she was mentored by and articled to Julian Scher. Nandini was admitted as an attorney in 2012, a conveyancer in 2013 and a notary public in 2017. Nandini works very closely with Lynette in her conveyancing practice and, in particular, looks after one of the major bank clients. Nandini also assists Julian from time to time. Nandini is married and enjoys cooking and running.

Mary Peel
Mary Peel

Mary Peel

Associate: B.COMM (WITS) LLB (UNISA)

Mary joined Strauss Scher in 2004 after having matriculated from St Catherine’s Convent in Florida. Mary obtained her B.Comm at the University of Witwatersrand and completed her LLB at University of South Africa in 2001. Mary is a conveyancer and a notary public. Mary has lived in Johannesburg all her life, is married and her extra-curricular activities include diving, hiking and listening to music.

Boney Cronje
Boney Cronje

Boney Cronje

Professional Assistant: LLB(UP), LLM (UP), MBA (MANSCO)

Boney graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2006 and has since obtained her LLM and MBA degrees. Boney completed her articles in Pretoria. Boney is a conveyancer and notary public. Boney enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience in the conveyancing field and has been appointed an ad-hoc lecturer on behalf of LEAD, presenting basic and advanced conveyancing as well as conveyancing admission and preparation lectures. Boney commenced her journey with Strauss Scher in 2014. Boney is married with 2 children.

Richard McCafferty
Richard McCafferty

Richard McCafferty

Professional Assistant: BA LLB (WITS)

Richard articled at Webber Wentzel where he was appointed as an associate. It was at Webber Wentzel that he gained invaluable experience in the spheres of Dispute Resolution and Public Interest Law. Pursuant to his passion for all aspects of property law, Richard is a conveyancer and notary public and joined Strauss Scher in early 2017. Richard’s expertise includes all aspects of commercial property development law, conveyancing and litigation. Richard is an ultra-distance running fanatic and, in his spare time, can be found on the road or trail training for his next event.

Julian Scher

Julian Scher

Director: B.Comm LLB (WITS)

Julian was articled and an associate at Webber Wentzel. Subsequently, Julian expanded his experience spending a few years at UAL Merchant Bank. Julian’s focus is predominantly on the commercial aspects of property development, sectional title, property litigation, town planning work and conveyancing. Julian went to Westville Boys’ High and Wits University and is married with three children. Julian hosted the legal show on Radio 702 for many years and remains one of their regular contributing experts. Julian relaxes when driving his classic cars or listening to his extensive music collection.

Lynette Rajchrt

Lynette Rajchrt

Director: B.Comm LLB (WITS)

Lynette completed articles at Strauss Scher in 1995 and became a director of the firm in 2000. Lynette is the firm’s lead conveyancer with a wealth of conveyancing experience, including in the establishment of townships and sectional title schemes. Lynette went to Randpark High School and Wits University and is married with two children. Lynette loves to read, travel with her family and enjoys the outdoors.

Nandini Naidoo

Nandini Naidoo

Director: BA LLB (WITS)

Nandini joined Strauss Scher in 2010 when she was mentored by and articled to Julian Scher. Nandini was admitted as an attorney in 2012, a conveyancer in 2013 and a notary public in 2017. Nandini works very closely with Lynette in her conveyancing practice and, in particular, looks after one of the major bank clients. Nandini also assists Julian from time to time. Nandini is married and enjoys cooking and running.

Mary Peel

Mary Peel

Associate: B.COMM (WITS) LLB (UNISA)

Mary joined Strauss Scher in 2004 after having matriculated from St Catherine’s Convent in Florida. Mary obtained her B.Comm at the University of Witwatersrand and completed her LLB at University of South Africa in 2001. Mary is a conveyancer and a notary public. Mary has lived in Johannesburg all her life, is married and her extra-curricular activities include diving, hiking and listening to music.

Boney Cronje

Boney Cronje

Professional Assistant: LLB(UP), LLM (UP), MBA (MANSCO)

Boney graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2006 and has since obtained her LLM and MBA degrees. Boney completed her articles in Pretoria. Boney is a conveyancer and notary public. Boney enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience in the conveyancing field and has been appointed an ad-hoc lecturer on behalf of LEAD, presenting basic and advanced conveyancing as well as conveyancing admission and preparation lectures. Boney commenced her journey with Strauss Scher in 2014. Boney is married with 2 children.

Richard McCafferty

Richard McCafferty

Professional Assistant: BA LLB (WITS)

Richard articled at Webber Wentzel where he was appointed as an associate. It was at Webber Wentzel that he gained invaluable experience in the spheres of Dispute Resolution and Public Interest Law. Pursuant to his passion for all aspects of property law, Richard is a conveyancer and notary public and joined Strauss Scher in early 2017. Richard’s expertise includes all aspects of commercial property development law, conveyancing and litigation. Richard is an ultra-distance running fanatic and, in his spare time, can be found on the road or trail training for his next event.

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