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Penny has been specialising in real estate for more than 20 years. She has a particular interest in property development, working closely with property developers, town planners, surveyors, and project managers.

Over the years she has been involved in several new developments in Johannesburg and surrounds.  Developments such as Arts on Main, Main Street Life, Revolution House, The Main Change, Rocket Factory and Craftmen's Ship, all situated within the Maboneng District on the east-side of Johannesburg CBD were unique in that they focused on the redevelopement and rejuvenation of the inner city and consisted of residential and mixed-use developments.  The precinct has been hailed as a creative take on history, architecture, art and nature, and the epicentre of the Joburg inner-city renaissance.

She also assisted with the re-development project in Vrededorp known as The Exchange, which consisted of over 200 residential units and used to be an old telephone exchange owned by Telkom, which is the reason for the name.

Penny provides legal advice to property developers for all aspects of a real estate project from “cradle” to “grave” such advice consists of advice related to subdivisions, consolidations, servitudes and sectional title developments.  

She acts for corporate real estate companies as well as companies with large real estate portfolios such as :

  • First National Bank

  • BP Southern Africa

  • One Property Holdings

  • Telkom

  • The Enigma Group; and

  • Zenprop Holdings


Penny has been involved in a number of new developments in Johannesburg:

  • Industrial developments such as Newport Business Park in Kyasands, The Stewards Industrial Park and Apex Industrial in Benoni 

  • Sectional and full title residential developments such as Ballantyne, West End  and Anika in Bryanston, Eternity in Rivonia, and Ascot Estate/The Stewards in Benoni


Recently the firm received the Property and Construction Team of the Year award from African Legal Awards for our involvement in the Maboneng District mixed-use development, one of Penny’s projects.


She provided legal advice to the developers in respect of subdivisions, consolidations and sectional title development regarding the buildings acquired and re-developed within the precinct



Real Estate




20172019 Recommended in Legal 500 Real Estate
Property and Construction Team of the Year award from African Legal Awards

20182024 Recognised in The Best Lawyers in South Africa for Real Estate Law




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Penny Chenery

Director, Head of Real Estate & Member of the Management Board


+27 11 775 6334


+27 11 286 6900

Practice area:

Real estate

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