Since 1880, Bax Kaplan Russell Incorporated has offered clients a unique combination of the professional legal expertise of a large law firm, combined with the individualised service and personal touch you expect from a smaller firm. We practice in all areas of law but specialise in the following:


Conveyancing and Property Transactions

Bax Kaplan Russell Inc. provides a wide range of legal services in all areas involving real estate for owners, tenants and purchasers. The Conveyancing Department at Bax Kaplan Russell Inc. is a very successful department with a proven track record. All matters are personally supervised by the Conveyancer, who endeavours to build a personal relationship with each client. Due to the fact that we work closely together in our firm, we are able to offer clients the benefits of personal attention. We undertake to provide an excellent service to all our clients and to attend to each matter diligently and expeditiously. We maintain contact with the Purchasers and Sellers and all involved parties to ensure efficient communication and allowing all transactions to be conducted smoothly. Strong emphasis is placed on teamwork which ensures that all deadlines are met. Services rendered by the Conveyancing Department include, but are not limited to, representation in the purchase, sale or financing of residential and commercial real estate, drafting of purchase and sale agreements, opening sectional title schemes, township development, subdivision, consolidation and other property related work. The company has an excellent professional working relationship with the Deeds Office and we have a full Conveyancing practice in King Williams Town enabling us to render efficient and professional service to our correspondents. The conveyancing department has all the latest technology and is linked to all the major banks and all the Deeds Offices in South Africa.

Correspondent Conveyancing Department for the Eastern Cape (King William’s Town Deeds Office)

Our office is situated within walking distance of the King William’s Town Deeds Office, and we act for numerous instructing conveyancing firms in South Africa. We pride ourselves in providing personalised, bespoke, professional, and effective correspondent conveyancing services and solutions. Our firm has an excellent professional working relationship with the King William’s Town Deeds Office, and we make use of the latest technology, enabling us to provide our clients with the highest quality service possible. We have extensive experience in correspondent conveyancing and our dynamic team is always happy to be of service to you. Our team in King William’s Town is supported and strengthened by the teams in our East London and Cape Town offices. With us you are not just a number. We are registered on the panels of five major banks and we offer the full spectrum of correspondent conveyancing services, including but not limited to the following: Deeds Office searches; Signature of documents by your clients in the East London/King William’s Town area; Preparation of deeds, fixing of errors and advice before lodgement; Ensuring compliance with the practice of the King William’s Town Deeds Office; We: arrange lodgement with linked firms; attend to notes and remove notes when deeds come up on prep and request rulings from the Registrar/Deputy Registrar, if necessary; register deeds and deliver registered deeds; and provide notification to you during each of the aforesaid steps. We look forward to being of service to you. Contact us for enquiries: Tiaan Heunis, Email: tiaan@bkr-inc.co.za or Kayla Cloete, Email: kayla@bkr-inc.co.za, Tel: (East London) 043 706 8400, (King William’s Town) 043 050 5420

Labour Matters

Bax Kaplan Russell Inc. has a special focus on Employment Law and all issues relating to employment relationships. We ably assist clients with the drafting of individualised contracts of employment, taking into account all statutory changes in this evolving field of law. We assist both employers and employees in the facilitation and resolution of grievances and disputes. Our services also including chairing disciplinary hearings, representing both companies and individuals in disciplinary hearings, wage negotiations with unions and assisting in avoiding strikes. We represent clients in both the CCMA and other Bargaining Councils and at the Labour Court. We have extensive experience in both the Municipal and Governmental arena of Labour Law. Assistance is also provided with retrenchments, employment concerns when a business is transferred as a going concern, unfair labour practices and disputes about pensions and benefits payable on termination of employment, as well as disputes arising over polygraphs and restraints of trade.

High Value Recoveries

Our recoveries department makes use of the latest computer software and legislative training programmes in order to provide our clients with an effective debt recovery service aimed at ensuring that debt is recovered speedily while keeping clients updated with detailed recovery reports.

Civil Litigation

Our litigation department provides our clients with a well-organised and effective service in the High Courts, Regional Courts and Lower Courts. We provide practical and cost effective solutions to our clients whether it be instituting or defending a claim.

Family and Matrimonial Law

The Family Law Department at Bax Kaplan Russell Inc. comprises primarily of young, motivated attorneys, who practice solely in this field of litigation. It strives to offer all clients fast and cost effective resolution to their matters and undertakes to always provide sympathetic and caring advice and assistance while doing so.

Commercial Law and Law of Contracts

We are fully geared to provide our clients with a full range of advice and services relating to commercial agreements, sale agreements, establishment of Companies and Trusts and building contracts.

Construction Law

We have Professional Staff that are able to assist with the specific disputes that arise in the construction industry.

Insolvency Law

In addition to being able to draft the necessary applications for sequestrations and liquidations we are equipped to handle all aspects of liquidation, insolvency and restructuring matters.

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Insurance Law

In matters of insurance law, our team offers assistance in insurance-related services according to clients’ particular requirements. We can advise on coverage options, liability, indemnity insurance and draft policy wording. Should litigation result from an insurance related matter, we can assist and advise.

Legal opinions

We have the capacity and resources to provide you with quality legal opinions incorporating all the latest legal developments.

Notarial matters

We have professional staff who are qualified and experienced to attend to all aspects relating to Notarial deeds and contracts such as Antenuptial contracts, notarial cessions, servitudes, leases, notarial bonds, etc and the notarising of documents, apostille services and all other work relating to Notarial practice.


Our Arbitration team is able to resolve disputes covering a broad spectrum which includes urgent applications and discovery driven trial and arbitration matters.

Administration of Deceased Estates

Due to the fact that Bax Kaplan Russell Inc. is an established law firm we deal with a large volume of deceased estates. Our policy with deceased estates is always to deal with compassion and a high degree of professionalism with the family of the deceased. We strive to keep to deadlines and shall always try our best to finalise the estate in the shortest time possible. All our professional staff are geared and trained to assist clients with advice relating to their wills and the eventual preparation and signing thereof. Our policy is to always be available on short notice and also after hours to assist clients herein. Our policy is also to make it very clear to clients that they have a free choice when appointing an executor.

Estate Planning and Trusts

Estate Planning and Trust must be correctly established and carefully managed. We have the staff and systems in place to do just that.


We have numerous professional staff who) are able to draw up your will. We also offer to keep it in our fire-proof vault for safe keeping at no charge to our clients.

We also work closely with an extensive network of attorneys who specialise in additional areas of law to ensure we can provide you with the correct legal advice, no matter what needs may arise.