Nomlayo joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr as a Candidate Attorney in 2017 and has gained experience in the Dispute Resolution, Employment as well as the Real Estate and Conveyancing practices. Nomlayo was appointed as an Associate in 2019 and promoted to Senior Associate in 2022.

Nomlayo is part of a team which specializes in various aspects of commercial litigation and in providing on-going legal advice for some of South Africa's major banking institutions as well as leading petro-chemical companies.

Nomlayo's experience in this field includes:

  • Representing a leading South African bank in numerous recovery actions and foreclosure applications.
  • Representing an international petroleum company in respect of franchise agreements and retail disputes.
  • Representing clients in trust-related litigation.

Real Estate and Conveyancing

  • Conducting due diligence investigations for a leading South African banking institution.
  • Drafting conveyancing documents including mortgage bonds, notarial deeds of lease and deeds of transfer.
  • Drafting commercial property agreements including sale of immovable property agreements, sale of letting enterprise agreements and revival agreements for various property development companies.



  • LLB, University of Pretoria
  • Admitted as an attorney: 2019
  • Admitted as a conveyancer: 2019
Legalities and laws surrounding home ownership in South Africa
19 October 2021 Dispute Resolution

Legalities and laws surrounding home ownership in South Africa

Nomlayo Mabhena, Associate in our Dispute Resolution practice appeared on Daily Thetha, an educational talk show on SABC 1 that explores youth issues, as well as issues of national importance. She formed part of a panel that discussed the legalities and laws surrounding home ownership in South Africa, especially when there are disputes involved. The episode focused on the notion of adequate shelter by looking at navigating home ownership as black South Africans.

Nomlayo Mabhena named the youngest black conveyancer
26 March 2021 Dispute Resolution

Nomlayo Mabhena named the youngest black conveyancer

Dispute Resolution Associate, Nomlayo Mabhena, was recently named the youngest black female attorney to be admitted as a conveyancer. She joined SAFM's Late Night Conversation with Patricia Ntuli to discuss her achievement and to unpack the complexities of transformation within the real estate and law industries.

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