The Overberg law firm of Guthrie & Theron was established in 1896 when CJF (Charlie) Theron and FAC (Frank) Guthrie entered into a partnership and registered with the Cape Law Society.
Charlie also farmed in the Caledon district whilst Frank came from Scotland. Charlie and Frank were brothers in law.
Despite of its years, Guthrie & Theron is an energetic and dynamic legal firm at the forefront of its industry and young at heart.
Guthrie & Theron has offices at Hermanus, Caledon, Kleinmond, Gansbaai and Riviersonderend and has been attending to the legal needs of the Overberg community and beyond for countless years.
An interesting anecdote is that the famous beer, Castle Lager was first produced in 1896 and and it is safe to say that after more than a century the said two institutions have stood the test of time.
We serve second and third generations of clients which is testimony to the honesty, integrity and trustworthiness of the firm. Although the firm is rich and steeped in history our focus is firmly bound to the future. We are aware of a constant need for change, as legal needs change and constantly engage in renewing legal skills, knowledge and expertise. We are aware of the fact that a successful legal practice has to be precise, fast and have practical solutions for everyday legal problems. We therefore strive to solve and finalise the legal problems of clients as expeditiously and as cost effectively as possible.
We are competent in most disciplines of law, but focus on conveyancing, estate planning, estate administration, property development and High and Magistrate Court litigation. We are on the panels of ABSA Bank, Standard Bank, Nedbank and First National Bank as far as the registration of mortgage bonds are concerned. The firms current partners are Johan van Rooyen, Jacques du Toit, Charl Cilliers and André du Toit. Guthrie & Theron is community orientated and its partners have over the years being involved as committee members and, in most instances, chairmen of the following instances :-
- Round Table
- Hermanus Golf Club
- Hermanus Cricket Club
- Kleinmond Cricket Club
- Hermanus Pre-primary School
- Hermanus Tennis Club
- Hermanus Provincial Hospital
- Hermanus Business Chamber
- Hermanus Primary School Governing Body
- Hermanus High School Governing Body
- Gansbaai Primary School Governing Body
- Strandveld Agricultural Union
We also train candidate attorneys and employ law students during university holidays to ensure that they undergo the necessary experience. During 2006 Guthrie & Theron started an estate agency which presently operates under the name and style of Guthrie & Theron Properties. The said agency has four branches and nine agents in the Overberg region. All the partners, consultants and professional assistants of Guthrie & Theron are sport orientated and therefore we have, with reference to the lovely game of cricket adopted as our motto …. "more than 100 years of undefeated service"