Attie Pretorius

Attie Pretorius

Chairman, National Practice Head and Director

Attie Pretorius is the chairman of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, as well as a director and the national head of our Real Estate practice. Attie focuses on all aspects of property law.


Attie joined Hofmeyr (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr), as a director in 1984.



  • BCom LLB, University of the Free State
  • Year of admission as an attorney and conveyancer: 1980
  • Year of admission as a notary: 1982


  • Law Society of the Northern Provinces


  • Major clients include Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC), Sanlam Properties, Mia Group of Companies, Sasol Group of Companies, Development Bank of SA, Media 24, Medi Clinic Properties, Landbank, Pareto, Sun International, Vodacom, Absa Devco, Stay at Southpoint Properties, Eskom, Motor Industry Pension Fund, Business Partners, Liberty Group Properties, API Property Group, Afhco (Affordable Housing Company), Vukile Property Fund, Century Property Developments, Transnet, Airports Company of SA, Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (SA), all major South African banks.
  • Together with Werner van Rhyn of Werner Rhyn Property Management Development, advised the Mia Group of Companies in the development of Waterfall City. This development, at a worth of R11 billion, is ranked as the largest property development in South African history (Financial Mail, 3 February 2006).


  • Authored the South African chapter for the International Comparative Legal Guide to Real Estate Law, 2006 and 2007 (2nd edition), published by Global Legal Group in London.

Market recognition

  • Practical Law CompanyPLC Which Lawyer? 2007 to 2011 endorsed Attie as a leading individual in Corporate Real Estate.
  • Expert Guides: Guide to the World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers 2009 and 2011 Nominated by in-house counsel and peers as one of the pre-eminent practitioners in the world in Real Estate.
  • Who's Who Legal - International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers 2011 to 2014 and the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2014 nominated Attie as the exclusive leading lawyer in Real Estate, South Africa.
  • Best Lawyers International 2008 - 2014 listed Attie in Real Estate Law. In 2013 Attie was named "Lawyer of the Year" in Johannesburg Real Estate.
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