Who We Are


Our History

In 1828 the first incarnation of what is now Walkers Inc. commenced legal practice in Cape Town under the name of C Cadogan. In 1834 Cadogan took on a partner, John Reid. In 1839 the two parted ways, and Reid continued to practice law under his own name. Reid was later joined by his brother Henry, and much later by his son. In 1860 the name of the firm became Reid & Nephew, and that name endured for almost a century. In the 1950s the firm merged with Montgomery Walker, and Walker Lewis Godley & Field was formed. The latter was from inception conversationally referred to as Walkers; and when the firm was incorporated in 1999 the name was shortened to Walkers Inc.

Walkers forms enduring relationships, for instance its business relationship with Old Mutual reaches back into the mid-1800s – and the firm was involved in the demutualisation of Old Mutual: a significant development in the history of South African financial services that made four million policyholders also shareholders.

The firm has been and continues to be involved in high-profile and landmark cases, and places the highest possible value on client confidentiality.

Walkers provides legal services to clients from throughout South Africa and all around the world, but is firmly Cape Town based; and was at the forefront of the upliftment of the Cape Town CBD: acting for property owners converting office space to loft house-style accommodation and providing the necessary complex legal and commercial knowledge.

Our Methodology

Walkers has evolved with the times – from hand-written documents and wigs to internet communications and cutting edge technology; yet we retain our time-honoured quality of committing to use our wealth of legal expertise and knowledge to deliver the highest level of legal services to our clients at a reasonable cost.

We do not simply follow a trend, and have refined our own style of legal practice. Our lawyers have fully developed and well-balanced legal expertise and knowledge, with niche specialities – and are not pigeonholed into “specialist” categories. We are all in one team, and not isolated from each other in “departments” or “practice areas”. We have organised ourselves to deal with the complexity of legal practice holistically, and not in a reductionist fashion – the Walkers way.

Our Directors

Charl Theron (Chairman)

Charl is our chairman. He read for the degrees BA Law and LLB at the University of Stellenbosch, and thereafter lectured for a year in the Commercial Law Department of the University of Stellenbosch. He started as an articled clerk at Walkers in 1980, was admitted as an attorney in 1982, and appointed as a partner in 1983. Charl provides legal services with regard to property and property related matters. He is a past president of the Cape Town Attorneys’ Association, and currently serves on the Property Law Committee of the Cape Law Society.

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Gunnar Dahl

Gunnar read for the degrees BA Law and LLB at the University of Cape Town. He started as an articled clerk at Walkers in 1985, was admitted as an attorney in 1987, and appointed as a partner in 1999. Gunnar provides legal services over a wide range, including all aspects of estate planning and administration, as well as estates related and general litigation. He speaks first-language German, and advises German speaking clients on South African law.
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Taryn Herbert

Taryn read for the degrees B BusSci and LLB at the University of Cape Town. She started as a candidate attorney at Walkers in 2011, was admitted as an attorney in 2012, and appointed as an associate in 2012, and as a partner in 2016. Taryn provides legal services with regard to estate planning, and general commercial and litigation work.
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Amien Hoosain

Amien read for the degrees BA and LLB at the University of Cape Town. He started as a candidate attorney at Walkers in 2004, was admitted as an attorney in 2006, and appointed as a partner in 2008. Amien provides legal services over a wide range, including commercial law and commercial litigation, with a special interest in contract law.
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Roxanne Ker

Roxanne read for the degrees BA (Law and Psychology) and LLB at the University of Cape Town. She started as a candidate attorney at Walkers in 2006, was admitted as an attorney in 2008, and appointed as a partner in 2010. Roxanne provides legal services over a wide range, including all aspects of family and matrimonial law, as well as competition law and commercial law.

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John Lee

John read for the degrees BA Law and LLB at the University of Stellenbosch. He was admitted as an attorney in 1981, and has since practiced law in Cape Town. John joined Walkers in 1984, and was appointed as a partner in 1986. He provides legal services with regard to property and property related matters.

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Belinda van der Vyver

Belinda read for the degrees BA Law and LLB at the University of Stellenbosch (cum laude), and the degree LLM at Temple University in Philadelphia (cum laude). She was admitted as an advocate in 1989, and has since practiced law in Cape Town. Belinda was admitted as an attorney in and joined Walkers in 1997, and was appointed as a partner in 1999. She provides legal services over a wide range, including commercial law and financial law, with special interests in commercial property and insurance law.

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Jerome Veldsman

Jerome read for the degrees BComm and LLB at the University of Stellenbosch, and thereafter lectured for a year in the Commercial Law Department of the University of Stellenbosch. He was admitted as an attorney in 1991, and, save for a two year stint in investment banking, has since practiced law in Johannesburg and Cape Town. He provides legal services over a wide range, including commercial, financial, and tax law, with special interests in insurance and investment law. Jerome joined Walkers as a partner in April 2012.

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Executive Consultant

Denis Lloyd

Denis is a past chairman of the firm. He read for the degrees BA Law at the University of the Free State and LLB at the University of Cape Town. He was admitted as an attorney in 1973, and has since practiced law in Cape Town. Denis joined Walkers in 1974, was appointed as a partner in 1975, and appointed as an executive consultant in 2012. Denis remains an active legal practitioner, and provides legal services over a wide range, including commercial and tax law, with special interests in curatorships, estate planning, and trusts. He currently serves on the Committee on Companies of the Cape Law Society.

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Associates

Nosipho Madikiza

Nosipho read for the LLB degree at the University of the Western Cape. She started as a candidate attorney at Walkers in 2012, was admitted as an attorney, and appointed as an associate, in 2014. Nosipho provides legal services with regard to litigation work and conveyancing.

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Simonne Dahl

Simonne read for the degrees BComm Law and LLB at the University of Stellenbosch.  She started as a candidate attorney at Walkers in 2015, was admitted as an attorney, and appointed as an associate, in 2017.  Simonne provides legal services with regard to general commercial and litigation work.
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