Faure & Faure is a firm steeped in history, with traditional values that have stood the test of time. Faure & Faure was established by Pieter Hendrik Faure in 1880 with offices at 210 Main Street in Paarl. In 1895, Pieter’s son Koos completed his articles and joined the firm. A talented rugby player, he was selected as the Western Province Rugby Union’s first fly half in 1896. Pieter Hendrik Faure was appointed to the Cape Colony cabinet by Cecil John Rhodes at the beginning of the 20th Century as Minister of Justice. He was knighted at the time and was known as Sir Pieter Hendrik Faure. He died in 1909 and his son Koos practiced alone until 1929 when Nathan [Sonny] Dubovsky joined the firm.
Koos Faure, also at one time a Member of Parliament for Paarl, died in 1956, the same year Ian Murray joined the firm. Sonny and Ian were well-known for their contribution to the performing arts as members of the Paarl Symphony Orchestra. Ian played the bassoon and Sonny the piano. Ian became a partner in 1960 and practiced until he retired in 1989. Benjy Dubovsky, Sonny’s son, joined the firm in 1971, the same year his father passed away. Andre Geldenhuys, joined the firm in 1974.
In 1976, Faure & Faure moved its offices to the historic Patriot Press Building at 227 Main Street. The building housed the first Afrikaans newspaper, Di Patriot, printed in 1875 and was the home of one of the first writers and poets in the Afrikaans language, the famous DJ du Toit.
Otto Low joined in 1989, after practicing for several years in Vryburg. Christie Viviers and Zane Meyer completed their articles in 1988, Christie at Faure & Faure and Zane at a firm in Cape Town and later at Hoffman & Meyer. In 1996, Faure & Faure and Hoffman & Meyer merged, and the firm changed its name to Faure & Faure Incorporated.
The next important phase in Faure & Faure’s development took place in 2005, when the firm merged with Lloyd Fortuin Attorneys to form Faure & Faure Incorporating Lloyd Fortuin Attorneys. By that time Lloyd Fortuin, an experienced Human Rights attorney with a history of resistance during the apartheid years, had been practicing as an attorney in Paarl for 10 years, servicing the community in which he grew up. Lloyd was a prominent student leader at the University of the Western Cape and continued to remain active in community structures. Lloyd initiated merger discussions with Faure & Faure to expand his services and the two parties agreed to pool their resources to provide a more comprehensive service. The merger provided Faure & Faure with a wider footprint and increased ability to understand the dynamics, and service the needs of the semi-urban and rural constituencies.
Contrary to many businesses that continue to operate on traditionally patriarchal management, our firm embraces a spirit of a progressive business structure that promotes equality between colleagues. Three young females serve as attorneys: Inge Johnson, Lusharno Wells and Marelize Meintjes (Director).
Our clients benefit from personal service that only a medium-sized firm can offer.
Patriot Pers Building
227 Main Street
PO Box 20
Telephone: 021 871 1200
Fax: 021 872 5800 / 872 3752
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