About & History

The practice has always served the local agricultural sector advising individual farmers, companies and financial institutions relating thereto.

Clive Kelly has extensive experience in Magistrate and High Court litigation.  He is considered one of the leading Land Reform practitioners in KwaZulu-Natal, although he is dealing with land claims on behalf of both claimants and land owners across the country.

As a result of Clive's work in this area and his interest in farming he has an extensive knowledge of legal issues involving the agricultural sector generally and his knowledge is not restricted to land reform alone.  Clive serves on the Board of the Umhlathuze Valley Sugar Company, one of the region’s largest sugar cane producers and is Chairman of Guzulu (Pty) Ltd, another sugar farming operation in Empangeni.

Chris James retired from the company in 2013 as partner and is acting as consultant. He has represented farmers and banks in relation to agricultural farming finance for a number of years and has extensive experience of the sugar cane industry. As an admitted conveyancer and notary he has extensive dealings in farming transactions, including the subdivision of agricultural land involving interaction with land surveyors, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs.

Wendy Cook joined the firm in June 2016 as an admitted attorney and Para-legal Conveyancer.  Wendy is now a qualified Conveyancer and she has commenced her own practice, a specialist conveyancer under the style WJC Attorneys in association with Truter James de Ridder. Wendy Cook has in excess of 25 years Conveyancing experience.