Melissa joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr in 2016 as a Candidate Attorney. She was appointed as an Associate in 2018.

In 2018, Melissa was seconded to Waterfall Management Company - the property, asset and operational managers of the owners of the land comprising the Waterfall Development - the largest mixed-use property development in South Africa – where she acted as a legal consultant.

  • Drafting, analysis and review of various commercial agreements, constitutional documents, resolutions and other company secretarial documents in the context of both small and large merger and acquisition transactions;
  • Assisting in the submission of comments to Parliament and National Treasury on draft legislation in respect of the Property Practitioners BillI;
  • Drafting, analysis and review of various commercial property agreements including development rights agreements, petroleum supply agreements, agency agreements and commercial lease agreements;
  • Drafting, analysis and review of servitudes, mortgage bonds, special and general notarial bonds, deeds of transfer, consolidations, rectifications, notarial deeds of lease, notarial deeds of cession and extension of lease and various other conveyancing documents for registration at the Johannesburg and Pretoria Deeds Registry;
  • Assisting in property-related aspects of due diligence investigations;
  • Drafting, analysis and review of constitutional documents, conduct rules, architectural guidelines, resolutions and other authorizing documents for Home Owners Associations and other Residential Associations.


  • BA Law, LLB - University of Johannesburg
  • Year of admission as an Attorney, Notary Public and Conveyancer: 2018
  • Awarded the DI Friedland prize in 2018 from the Law Society of the Northern Provinces - awarded to the most successful candidate in the Conveyancing examination for 2017/2018
  • Enrolled with the Legal Practice Council