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On the 1 March 2015 two of East London’s oldest legal firms Bax Kaplan Incorporated and Russell Incorporated merged into the firm now known as Bax Kaplan Russell Incorporated. Both firms have long and proud histories of providing top quality legal services and will continue to be the attorneys of choice for clients locally, nationally and internationally. Bax Kaplan Russell Inc. has always made its priority the provision of effective and practical legal advice and services while at all times maintaining and growing the professional relationships with its clients. It is for this reason that the firm has numerous longstanding clients who have placed their trust in the professional staff at Bax Kaplan Russell Inc. for many years. By offering a broad spectrum of legal services the firm is able to cater for each client’s specific needs. Areas of specialisation within the firm ensure that Bax Kaplan Russell Inc. is at the forefront of legal services in East London.


History and Profile of Russell Incorporated

Russell Incorporated was founded in 1955 by Mr. David Russell under the name and style of David Logan Russell, Attorney, Notary and Conveyancer and later grew into a partnership known as Russell Esterhuizen Lindsay and Sephton, practising from the Allied Building in East London. In 1989 a change of partners led to a name change to Russell, Esterhuizen, Nel and De Klerk. In 2001 the firm changed its name to Russell Incorporated.

History and Profile of Bax Kaplan Incorporated

On the 1st March 2004 the firms, Bax Partnership and Marshall Kaplan Inc. amalgamated to form Bax Kaplan Inc. Bax Incorporated was an amalgamation of 3 firms, namely Randall & Bax, Addelson Kirk & Moolman and Norton Gale & Kingon. This amalgamation took place on 1 March 1976. The original firm of Marshall & Drake was established in 1880 and became Marshall Kaplan when Mr Marshall died in 1934 and Abe Kaplan was joined by his brother, Lewis who continued practising as Marshall Kaplan until the firm was dissolved on 28 February 2004, when Marshall Kaplan Inc. amalgamated with the Bax Partnership.

Professional People

The total staff complement at Bax Kaplan Russell Inc. is approximately 50 professional, para-legal and administrative staff and offers a comprehensive range of professional services. Whether it be the drafting of Memoranda of Incorporation for companies, the negotiation of contracts, the resolution of complicated commercial disputes by litigation, arbitration or mediation, conveyancing including property developments and sectional title schemes or complicated township sub-divisions, the firm has the necessary skills and expertise to add value to its clients’ businesses.

The firm has four directors, Mike Francis, Steve Clarke, Bridgette Diane Beetge – Magnus and Bradley Sparg and three active consultants Kingsley Kingon, Jonathan Bax and David Artlett.

Our secretaries are highly trained and skilled in the latest computer technology and attend regular courses to keep up to date with all the latest developments.


Bax Kaplan Russell Inc. makes use of the latest legal software which allows for efficient and effective practice management. Our systems are fully updated and allow for immediate connection to various financial institutions. The services provided by the firm are backed up by state of the art technology.
The firm is on the conveyancing panels of all the major banks and receives home loan instructions from ABSA Bank, Nedbank, First National Bank, Standard Bank and Investec Bank. The firm also receives commercial property loan instructions from ABSA Bank, Nedbank and Investec Bank. At present we are fully linked to the Deeds Office as well as the Registrar of Companies. Our firm strongly supports the principles and ideals of employment equity and equal opportunity. The firm is currently a proudly level 2 BBBEE contributor with the necessary up to date verifications.

Professional People

Conveniently situated in Selborne, which is close to the CBD and expanding new business districts in East London, Bax Kaplan Russell Inc. practises from premises at Clevedon House. We have comfortable offices and secure, offstreet parking in a quiet relaxed atmosphere. Our team of professional staff are willing to go the extra mile to ensure the best results for our clients.