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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Donovan is our chief financial and operating officer. He holds a certificate in the theory of accounting from the University of Cape Town, a certificate in human resource management from the Cape Town University of Technology, and a certificate in tax from the South African School of Paralegal Studies, and is registered as a tax practitioner with the Commissioner of SARS. Donovan started as accounts manager at Walkers in 1990, and was appointed as practice manager in 1999. He also plays an important part in our corporate social responsibility, and is the chairman of the Catholic Welfare and Development, and the treasurer of Kidzpositive.