Who is Stegmanns Incorporated?
Established in 1890, Stegmanns Incorporated is a well-respected legal partner which offers expedient legal solutions and superior levels of client service, meeting the dynamic requirements and challenges of South African corporates, financial institutions, SMEs and individuals.
The firm’s operations are supported by a clear business strategy, a diverse team of experienced and specialised personnel, an effective administrative structure and leading information technology systems.
Our greatest asset resides in the hearts and minds of our people. As a vibrant, professional team, we are committed to serving our clients with passion; applying our theoretical and practical legal expertise to deliver favourable results for our clients.
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We are committed to building Stegmanns Incorporated into a brand that is nationally recognised within the legal fraternity and business community as a market leader that provides superior, specialised legal services to an ever-expanding base of satisfied clients across South Africa.
We will be an active contributor to shaping law and legal process in South Africa to the benefit of all citizens.
Our staff will be highly competent and will reflect the population characteristics of broader the South African society in terms of race and gender.
The way we do business will demonstrate our integrity and be a guiding light for others in our industry to follow.
Stegmanns Incorporated is committed to:
Providing our clients with superior, personal services in the best traditions of the legal profession;
Continuously developing and expanding our expertise to effectively satisfy our clients’ requirements;
Maintaining unquestionable standards of honesty and integrity;
Sustaining and enhancing our firm’s fine reputation;
Embracing black economic empowerment and reflecting the demographics of our society in the composition of our personnel; and
Creating opportunities for our personnel to achieve their full potential and effectively serve all members of the community in which we operate.
Stegmanns is committed to sustainable transformation and embraces the concepts of Employment Equity and Skills Development. The firm is rated a Level 2 contributor to Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment with 125% Procurement Recognition.
Stegmanns subscribes to a dynamic employment equity policy to promote equality in the workplace. The firm has set Employment Equity objectives and targets for the promotion of previously disadvantaged individuals; and actively engages the services of candidate attorneys and learners from disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly women. Management actively promotes and empower previously disadvantaged personnel from within the firm.
Stegmanns is committed to the ongoing development of skills in its workforce. Enhanced skills capacity across all levels of employees promotes excellence in the workplace. This is evident in the quality of our client services, productivity levels and operational efficiencies. Our ongoing investment in staff development has produced loyalty amongst our employees and has had a positive influence on our corporate culture and morale of our personnel.
Administration of Deceased Estates
The administration of estates requires expertise in managing and winding up estates, as well as the sensitivity to support clients who have recently lost a loved one. Our team of estate specialists are highly experienced in administering the processes involved in the various types of estates. Services from this department encompass deceased estates, curatorship, registration of trusts; and drafting of Last Will and Testaments.
Commercial Transactions and General Litigation
Stegmanns’ offers expertise in commercial transactions and general litigation services on behalf of individuals, macro and micro businesses, including large and small disputes in the various forums. Our clients extend from insurance and property management companies, individuals, government organisations, major banking institutions and the Legal Practice Council.
Our commercial department can assist in the following areas of law: administrative law; Constitutional law; Consumer Protection Act; corporate law and governance; due diligence; entertainment law; National Credit Act; law of delict; unlawful competition disputes; sequestrations and liquidations; attending meetings of creditors; mineral and mining law and regulations; attending insolvency enquiries; fiduciary duties directors, public officers, and general management; contractual disputes – claiming contractual damages and defending claims for contractual damages.
We also attend to a large number of correspondent matters including the administration of urgent applications and appeals.
The conveyancing department specialises in property transfers, bond registrations and cancellations, township, sectional title and low-cost housing developments, as well as all forms of notarial work. The department is spearheaded by the firm’s directors and its services include drafting of security documentation; drafting of complex sale and lease agreements; registration of commercial and residential mortgage bonds; complex subdivisions; consolidations; transfers of expropriated and delegated land; development of residential, commercial and low-cost housing townships; and registration of servitudes, notarial ties and ante-nuptial contracts.
Stegmanns offers expertise in the various aspects of Criminal practice and procedure, and can represent both individuals and businesses, in the various courts. We can assist with the following:
Unlawful arrest and detention;
We offer expertise to and on behalf of Architects, Engineers, Building Contractors and Supplies within the construction industry. We offer advice and service in respect of the following:
Agreements used within the Construction Sector such as “FIDIC”, “NEC” and “JBCC”;
The prosecution and/or defending of disputes;
Drafting of Contracts;
Assistance in negotiations;
Alternative dispute resolution
Stegmanns’ expertise and personal approach ensures an in-depth understanding of each client’s unique circumstances. Our range of family law services demands trusting client relationships and the highest levels of customer service. Our services include ante nuptial contracts, divorces, child and spousal maintenance, mediation, post-divorce proceedings and adoptions.
Forensic Investigation and Fraud Risk Management
Stegmanns offers expertise in forensic and fraud risk management solutions to South African corporates, financial institutions, SMEs and individuals. Our services include investigations into bribery and corruption; whistle-blower allegations; theft and asset misappropriation; Ponzi schemes; various forms of fraud and misconduct; 419 scams; identity theft; regulatory breaches; money laundering; corporate irregularities; regulatory violations; and suspicious transactions.
Our intellectual law department provides expertise in the following areas, including applications, infringements, prosecutions and litigation, both locally and internationally – trade mark law; patent law; copyright law; designs law; cyber and IT law; trade secrets and know-how; franchising; IP agreements, including all licencing agreements; registrability and availability of clearance searches; anti-counterfeit law; domain name protection, administration and disputes; IP planning and portfolio management; and media law.
Stegmanns offers labour law services for employees, unions as well as employers and employers’ organisations. We participate in labour disputes in the various Bargaining Councils; Magistrates’ Courts; Labour Court; Labour Appeal Court; and the High Courts of South Africa. Services include conciliation, mediation negotiation, arbitration and litigation, incorporating CCMA; disciplinary procedures and processes; labour dispute resolution; employment contracts; and grievance resolution.
Stegmanns provides specialised debt recovery and collection services. Our team’s experience encompasses all aspects of commercial collections including litigating against debtors overseas and debtors taking matters on appeal. Our comprehensive skills-set and application of the National Credit Act delivers peace of mind to our clients that we can adequately meet their requirements.
The department is well-versed in the processes and legislation for the High, Regional and Magistrates’ Courts, and makes use of sophisticated software to optimise debt collection processes and deliver market-leading turnaround times. Proven procedures and methodologies have been developed which facilitate efficient and cost-effective processing of a large volume of matters. A policy of open communication is maintained, and each matter is treated with respect, urgency and significance.
Notarial and Ante-Nuptial Contracts
Our experienced notary publics specialise in all forms of notarial work. Their list of services includes drafting and registration of ante-nuptial contracts; drafting and registration of notarial servitudes, both personal and praedial; drafting and registration of notarial tie agreements; authentication of documents to be used in other countries; apostille of documents to be used in other countries; and registration of notarial bonds.
NELSPRUIT BRANCH OFFICE
Our Nelspruit branch was established in March 2005. We attend to an array of legal services from Conveyancing transactions to General Litigation matters, from Debt Recoveries to Ante-nuptial contracts. Our office also has a large correspondent department that assists many firms all over the country. The Nelspruit office is seamlessly integrated with the Head Office in Pretoria via state-of-the-art information technology. The system integration enables uninterrupted shared services, processes and procedures between the two offices; delivering both cost and time efficiencies to our Mpumalanga-based clientele. Our clients are provided with expert legal advice, competitive turnaround times and quality service levels.
The Nelspruit branch also trades under Stegmanns Nelspruit Properties, assisting clients with property Sales and Rentals in Nelspruit, White River and the surrounding areas.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Stegmanns’ ethos of sound Corporate Social Responsibility is illustrated by the manner in which we take care of our people, and the emphasis we place on the conservation of non-renewable resources.
We place high importance on creating an environment where our workers are protected, supported and prepared for successful careers. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities throughout the firm, favouring promotion from within where possible to provide our current employees with the opportunity for personal and professional development.
Environmental preservation forms an important part of our CSR objectives. The design of our office building makes use of natural light and heat, and our state-of-the-art evaporative cooling system assists in the conservation of non-renewable resources.
CORPORATE SOCIAL INVESTMENT
“Giving back to the community” is a significant component in our corporate culture. SA Cares for Life, and particularly their ABBA House facility for abused and abandoned children and babies, is our charity of choice. Our 67 Minutes for Mandela are spent with the children each year. We are proud to host an Annual Charity Golf Day to raise much-needed funds for the care of these children.
We also support other initiatives like Tekkie Tax and Casual Day – in aid of Alma School for severely mentally disabled children; Cell C’s “Take a Girl Child to Work” Day; and National Wills Week.