Prior to joining CDH in 2021 as Senior Associate, where her main focus is on residential Bond registrations for Investec Private Bank, Nedbank, FNB Homeloans, SA Home Loans and Eskom Marlene was part of a specialist conveyancing practice where she gained expert knowledge in the registration of Sectional Title Scheme Developments. She also served as a director of a national legal practice for 4 years, heading up their Private Banking department, and practiced for her own account as a Sole Practitioner. 

Marlene holds an LL.B Degree and Extracurricular Diploma in Insolvency Law and Practice, which she obtained cum laude. Her current position has her overseeing the largest team within the CDH Real Estate Department, with 12 support staff members reporting to her.

Marlene was admitted as Attorney, Notary and Conveyancer in 2002, and has more than 19 years’ experience in Property Law, both in Private Practice and the Financial Services Industry. 

Marlene has extensive knowledge of the different credit processes within the Banking sector, having held senior Legal Advisory positions at Investec Private Bank and the Land and Agricultural Development bank of SA. Her expertise extends to residential (full title as well as sectional title), commercial, and agricultural properties and includes Insolvency transfers.

Marlene prides herself on her expertise and efficient, fresh approach.  She strives to make the legal process as straightforward as possible for clients, while remaining professional and ethical at all times. Marlene believes in providing exceptional service but more importantly in building lasting business relationships.


  • LLB (RAU – now UJ)
  • HDip Insolvency law and practice (cum laude) (UJ)
  • Admitted as Attorney, Notary and Conveyancer: 2002
  • Registered with the Legal Practice Council