Stephen Duffett

A born and bred Capetonian, Stephen matriculated at Rondebosch Boys’ High School and completed his BA.LLB. at the University of Stellenbosch in 1981, after which he prosecuted in both the Magistrate’s and Regional Courts and worked as a State Attorney.

Stephen joined De Klerk & Van Gend in 1991. He became a director of the firm in 1993, and was appointed as Chairman of the firm in June 2020. Stephen is a seasoned commercial and litigation attorney, with 40 years of court experience. Stephen specializes in High Court Litigation, Commercial Law, Contract Law, Education Law, Matrimonial & Family Law, including Surrogacy and he has extensive experience in Wills and Estates. His clients range from corporations, listed companies and financial institutions, to private individuals.

Stephen is in his eighth year of serving on the Western Cape Education Council, an advisory body to the MEC for Education. For nine years he was chairperson of the National and the Western Cape Chapter of the Governing Body Foundation, a voluntary association that advises hundreds of schools nationally and in the Western Cape, inter alia, on legislation, provincial regulations, case law and other educational matters. Stephen was chairperson of Rondebosch School Governing Body for seven years and also chairperson of the Rondebosch Old Boys’ Union for six years.

As a strong proponent of social responsibility, Stephen is actively involved, on a pro bono basis, in a number of charitable Trusts and Public Benefit Organizations.

Stephen is a keen sportsman, and, apart from being an experienced scuba diver, has completed in excess of sixty marathons, with a permanent number for Two Oceans Ultra Marathons, and to date has completed 18 Argus Cycle Tours

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