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The Professionals
Richard Gerald Pearton - Director
Richard obtained BA and LLB degrees between 1975 and 1979 respectively from the University of Natal, Durban.  He then worked as a public prosecutor after serving in the military. He served his articles at Thorpe & Hands under Roy Phillips where he became a professional assistant and thereafter a director.
Richard is a well-known figure in the legal profession with over 30 years of experience in property and commerical litigation. He represents some of the largest corporate landlords in South Africa, including a number of listed companies
Areas of Expertise:   
Property Law 
Property litigation  
Commercial Law 
Commercial Litigation 

Robin Topping - Director

Robin joined Thorpe & Hands in 2018 as an Associate, after having completing his articles and practising for two years at his previous firm. He attained his BA Degree from the University of South Africa, whereafter he obtained his LLB at the University of KwaZulu Natal in 2013.
Robin was appointed as a director at Thorpe & Hands in March 2021 after his outstanding run as an associate. He specialises in civil and commercial litigation. He also has a wide variety of expertise in commerical litigation, corporate law, property law and sectional title management, insurance litigation, labour law and criminal law.
Robin has a national client base that extends from KwaZulu-Natal to Gauteng and the Western Cape.
Areas Of Expertise:
- General Civil and Commercial Litigation
- Insurance Law
- Criminal Law
- Debt Collection
- Labour Law
- Property Law and related Body Corporate matters
- Commercial drafting
Andrea Shanae Coopasamy - Associate
Andrea who matriculated in 2012, obtained her LLB in 2016 with distinctions in various subjects, from UKZN Howard College. She is also a member of the Golden Key International Honours Society. She served her articles in 2017 and was admitted as an attorney in 2019. Andrea has joined Thorpe and Hands as an associate dealing particularly with civil litigation, matrimonial matters and debt review.
Andrea's areas of interest lie in the fields of labour law, insurance litigation, personal injury and property law.

Caitlin Lee Geduld - Candidate Legal Practioner

Caitlin obtained her LLB in 2020 holding distinctions in many subjects from the University of
the Free State. She is also a member of the Golden Key Honour Society. She is currently
serving her articles. Caitlin has a particular interest in family law and labour law.




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