Samantha joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr as a Candidate Attorney in 2013, during which time she had exposure to labour law, dispute resolution and real estate. 

Samantha was appointed as an Associate in 2015 in our Real Estate practice and was promoted to Senoir Associate in 2018.

She works closely with Attie Pretorius in respect of real estate commercial transactions and general conveyancing work.

  • Drafting various commercial agreements relevant to property transactions, including: sale of land agreements, sale of letting enterprise agreements, lease agreements, long-term lease agreements, trust deeds, tender documents, land development agreements and bond documents.
  • Assisted in the commercial negotiations, drafting and conveyancing of the asset swaps and property exchanges between property companies (such as: swap of one-halh share in Menlyn Shopping Centre and Cavendish Shopping Centre between Pareto Limited and Old Mutual Property, worth approximately R4.3 billion; and exchange of Synergy’s retail assets for Vukile's office and industrial assets to Synergy, worth approximately R5.5 billion).
  • Property related due diligence investigations.
  • Involved in various aspects of the conversion of Collective Investment Schemes in Property to Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS) for a property fund.
  • Attending to the commercial negotiations, drafting and conveyancing of the acquisition of residential blocks of property.
  • Involved in various aspects of the leasehold residential scheme at Waterfall.
  • Assisting with the registration of special notarial bonds in various acquisition finance and project finance transactions.
  • Drafting and registration of servitudes.
  • Drafting and registration of mortgage bonds and notarial bonds.
  • Attending to aircraft mortgages.
  • Advising and attending tothe opening of townships.
  • Advising on sectional title legislation and attending to  the opening of a sectional schemes.
  • Attending to various property-related endorsements.
  • Legal authentication of documents to be used both in and outside of South Africa and other notarial work.
  • Advising clients with regard to property matters in general.
  • Attending to various pro bono matters, including Housing Workshop held in Daveyton for the community.


  • The Infamous Voetstoots and its Application to Sale Agreements (2015)
  • Giving unions greater access to organisational rights (2013)


  • BA - University of Witwatersrand
  • LLB - University of Witwatersrand (cum laude)
  • Admission as Attorney: 2015
  • Admission as Notary: 2015
  • Admission as Conveyancer: 2015
  • Enrolled with the Legal Practice Council
What to do when closing a property deal
21 August 2018 Real Estate

What to do when closing a property deal

Samantha Kelly, Senior Associate in our Real Estate practice featured on Business Day TV, where she discussed what to do when closing a property deal.