Jean Herbert


Cape Town


  • Jean has twenty five years of experience in Commercial Property Law; Conveyancing and Notarial Practice, specifically focusing on providing advice to Developers, Financial Institutions, Corporate Clients and Individuals on all aspects of property related matters.
  • She has played a key role in advising property developers in both the Public and Private Sectors on the application of different aspects of property laws in order to: maximise tax benefits, reduce time frames and effectively manage cash flows. She also has extensive experience in the application of Township Planning, Township Ordinances and Town Planning Legislation in its application to commercial/residential developments such as Office Parks, Industrial Parks, Commercial Shopping Malls and Gated Security Estates as well as to Renewable Energy Projects.
  • Jean has also acted for State Owned Enterprises by providing advice and input on the property related components of their businesses.
  • She has been responsible for designing, drafting and commenting on all aspects of property transactions, including the drafting of agreements of sale, rental enterprise agreements, development agreements, homeowners association constitutions; bodies’ corporate management and conduct rules, particularly for hybrid commercial/residential developments.
  • Jean has represented and supported clients through all the phases of proposed developments, from representing clients during negotiations; conducting and preparing due diligence reports; interacting with the various members of the development professional team such as: the architects; town planners; quantity surveyors and engineers etc.; advising on contested issues involving local authorities and identifying potential objections to developments.
  • She deals with all aspects of sectional title registrations such as, the opening of Sectional Title Registers and the extensions thereof (Phase developments); the preparation, drafting and registering of technical conveyancing documents such as servitudes, certificates of registered title, certificates of consolidated titles, general plans and other documents required to unlock parcels of land in order to maximise the development thereof.
  • She also deals with the preparation, drafting and registering of both residential and commercial transfers and notarial bonds



Career Overview

  • Jean holds the degrees of BA LLB from the University of Cape Town.
  • She was admitted as an Attorney and Conveyancer in 1992 and a Notary Public in 1993.
  • Jean commenced her articles at Sonnenberg Hoffman Galombik and was admitted as an Attorney and Conveyancer in 1992 and a Notary Public in 1993.
  • She practised as an Associate at Sonnenberg Hoffman Galombik from 1992 to 1993 and as a Senior Associate in 1994. In 1995 she was became a Partner at Sonnenberg Hoffman Galombik and continued to practise as such and under the merged firm of Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs, as Director until 2013.
  • In 2015 she joined Fairbridges as a Director
  • Jean has also served as a member of the Property Law Committee of the Cape Law Society. And She also  presently serves on the regional examining committee of the Law Society of South Africa for the Notary Public Admission Examination where she has participates in the national curriculum development, the setting and marking of the written examinations as well as the conducting of oral examinations for candidates located in the Western Cape Division.


  • B A (University of Cape Town) (1987)
  • LLB (University of Cape Town) (1989)


  • Articles served at Sonnenberg Hoffman Galombik (1990 – 1992)
  • Admitted as an Attorney and Conveyancer (15 January 1992)
  • Admitted as a Notary Public (3rd December 1993)
  • Associate at Sonnenberg Hoffman Galombik (1992 – 1993)
  • Senior Associate at Sonnenberg Hoffman Galombik (1994)
  • Partner/Director at Sonnenberg Hoffman Galombik /Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs) (1995 – 2013)
  • Director at Fairbridges (2015)