Attie joined Hofmeyr (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr) as a Director in 1984.

  • Major clients include Sanlam Life Insurance, Massmart, Pioneer Foods, Circlevest, Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC), Sanlam Properties, Mia Group of Companies, Sasol Group of Companies, Pareto, Sun International, Absa Devco, Future Growth, AFHCO (Affordable Housing Company), Vukile Property Fund, Century Property Developments, Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (SA), Nedbank, Standard Bank, Rand Merchant Bank, First National Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Icefin, Medi Clinic and SAPOA.
  • Together with Werner van Rhyn of Werner Rhyn Property Management Development, advised the Mia Group of Companies in the development of Waterfall City. This development is ranked as one of the largest property developments in South African history.

  • Chambers Global 2017-2019 ranked Attie in Band 1 for real estate.
  • Legal 500 EMEA 2017-2019 listed Attie as a 'leading individual' for real estate and recommended him in 2015–2016.
  • Who’s Who Legal 2012–2014 identified Attie as a leading lawyer in real estate.
  • In 2014 he was listed in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.
  • Attie received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Real Estate Law at the inaugural SA Professional Services Awards 2014.


  • Authored the South African chapter for the International Comparative Legal Guide to Real Estate Law, 2006 and 2007 (2nd edition), published by Global Legal Group in London.


  • BCom LLB, University of the Free State
  • Year of admission as an attorney and conveyancer: 1980
  • Year of admission as a notary: 1982
  • Enrolled with the Legal Practice Council


  • Former convener of the panel of examiners for the Conveyancing and Property Law examination
  • Former Chairperson of the Property Committee of the Johannesburg Attorneys' Association
  • Former member of the Property Law Committee of the then Law Society for the Northern Provinces