• Magistrate and High Court Litigation • Conveyancy & Property Transactions • Supreme Court of Appeal Matters

Welcome to
Claude Reid Attorneys

The Company’s mission is to deliver a cost effective service of excellence through mutual respect and benefit in a disciplined and ethical environment in a changing society. Our vision is to be the fastest-growing, most financially stable, legal firm in the Free State.

Claude Reid employs more than 40 staff members. These include our Typists, Clerks, PRO’s, Assistants, Receptionists, Refreshments Ladies, Cleaning and Security Staff.  The professional members include our Directors, Associates, Professional Assistants or better known as PA’s in the profession.

The company works on a lateral management system and is proud of its stable and long-serving personnel. It is departmentalized to deal with the demands of the specialized field of Law and the present and the future needs of society. It endeavors to train its personnel to the highest levels and standards to cope with the needs of its clients and consequently invests in the latest technology when and where necessary.

John Anderson

John specializes in Land Reform and Community Projects, Conveyancing, Commercial Work and Notarial Work.

He is also admitted as an attorney in Lesotho. John was the President of the Law Society of the Free State from 1996 to 1999, and serves on the Law Society of South Africa.

Helgard Van Schalkwyk

(B.luris LL.B)

Helgard studied at the University of the Orange Free State and was admitted to the Bar in 1991 as an attorney.

Helgard specialzes in Conveyancing, Land Reform and Community Projects and Notarial Work.

Johann Marx de Villiers

Johann studied at the University of the Orange Free State and was admitted as an attorney in 1997 and a conveyancer in 2004.

Johann specialzes in Conveyancing, Land Reform and Community Projects and Notarial Work.

Thami Xaba

Thami studied at the University of South Africa and was admitted as an attorney in 2017.

Thami commenced his legal career at Claude Reid in 2016 and grew his knowledge and experience in Litigation and Debt Collection where after he settled in the Debt Collecting department of the firm.

Dave-lubbe van Zyl

Dave-lubbe van Zyl graduated with his LL.B from the University of the Free State in December 2012 whereafter he joined the Claude Reid team as Civil Litigation Attorney in January 2015.

He practices in Civil Litigation, Mediation and Dispute Resolution specializing mainly in the fields of Family Law, Delicts and Damages, Lease and Contracts as well as Collection in the Jurisdictions for the High Court and Magistrate’s Court;

He also supervises the department for Supreme Court of Appeal for which Claude Reid has one of the longest standing and most firm professional records.

Franscois J Daffue

1981 obtained the B.Proc degree at the University of the Free State

The following prizes of merit received upon completion of B.Proc degree:

  • Natal Building Society price for the best student in Conveyancing and Notarial Practice.
  • The Law Society of the Free State prize for the best candidate attorney in his second year at the Law Faculty of the University of the Free State.

Admitted as an Attorney and Conveyancer at the High Court Bloemfontein on the 29th April 1982 and as Notary Public on the 2nd June 1983 whereafter he commenced practice in, inter alia, Criminal Law, Bank Collections, High Court matters and Conveyancing.

Over the past twenty five years concentrated mainly on Law of Contract, Commercial Law, Property Law and Administration of Estates.


We offer a vast range of legal and para-legal services. Please browse the list below and if there is any service you may require which is not listed, do not hesitate to contact us at once.

Magistrate and High Court LitigationSupreme Court of Appeal MattersDebt CollectionAdministration of Estates – (deceased and insolvent)Banking Law
Family LawLabour LawMarriage LawInsurance LawEstate Planning
Drawing-up of Last Will and TestatmentConveyancy & Property TransactionsNotarial ServicesCommercial LawRegistration and Structuring of Companies and Closed Corporations
Trust and Partnerships Establishment .Criminal Law
Drafting of Contracts

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Claude Reid Building
165 St Andrew Street
Free State
South Africa

Telephone: 051 447 9881
Fax: 0866 121 410
Address: 165 St Andrew Street, Westdene, Bloemfontein, 9301

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