Established by William Burne in 1880, Burne & Burne boasts five generations of attorneys.

A well-respected firm of attorneys, they have recently celebrated 142 years in the profession. In addition, Burne & Burne hold the unique position in South Africa of having the largest number of family members admitted to the legal profession – thirteen in all.

Today Burne & Burne is run by Gerald Burne and his son Garth Burne.

Burne & Burne, a long-established and experienced firm of attorneys, specialises in a wide range of services, including:


Conveyancing is the name given to the specialised process of transferring real rights in immovable property from one person to another, which are registered in the Deeds Registry Offices throughout the country. Burne & Burne Attorneys are also on ABSA’s panel and handle the cancellation and bond registration of ABSA bonds.

Estate Planning

This includes the preparation of a Will, formation of Trusts and business interests. Burne & Burne will assist you with sensitive, efficient, and friendly service in the winding up of a Deceased Estate by stepping into the shoes of the deceased and will guide the heirs and all necessary parties through those procedures prescribed by law.


This includes drafting Antenuptial Contracts (before you get married) and Post Nuptial Contracts (after you are already married and want to change your marital regime / expensive process).
Burne & Burne will guide you through the process of authenticating documents for use in this country and abroad (so if you are immigrating or wanting to study in a foreign county and need documents Apostilled, then this is what we do, amongst other Notarial services).


Burne & Burne primarily focus on Civil Litigation in the Magistrate’s Court and High Court in Durban and surrounding areas.

Burne & Burne’s other services include:

  • Collecting of debts (not a debt collecting company).
  • Preparing contracts, sale agreements and leases.
  • Partnership agreements and landlord and tenant disputes.

Family matters such as divorce, custody, children access, and maintenance will all be handled with sensitivity and care.

Gerald and Garth of Burne & Burne and their team strive for the highest level of legal service through honesty and integrity. They aim to maintain the personal touch and create a lasting and trustworthy relationship with their clients. This is what the practice has been known for after all these years.

Our motto is “Our family looking after your family for generations”.

National Wills Week


Getting Married in another Country? What are the Legal Consequences?

This type of marriage may seem awfully romantic and appealing but can turn quickly sour when questions regarding the matrimonial property regime of the parties are raised at divorce or death.

Burne and Burne Attorneys

Garth Burne at the Samsung Store Gateway Networking on the 14 April 2016

Just plain unfair

IMAGINE buying a property and then discovering you are being held liable for rates, refuse, electricity and water charges going back as far as 30 years.

Inherited debt woes for owners

PROPERTY owners face the grim prospect of owing huge sums of money to municipalities in debt incurred by previous owners dating from up to 30 years ago.