Bisset Boehmke McBlain is a law firm with extensive experience, providing clients with exceptional legal services for more than 160 years. We are a results-driven team of knowledgeable attorneys, all of whom are well-versed in finding solutions to the legal and commercial challenges posed by our complex modern society.
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Henry Tredgold opens a practice as an attorney at 93 Longmarket Street, Cape Town, in January of that year. The offices were located behind the City Hall on property now forming part of the Woolworths head office. He was later joined by Henry Hull.
The firm Tredgold and Hull registers their first transfer of fixed property on 9th April 1870.
William (Bill) Bisset enters into articles of clerkship with Tredgold.
Henry Hull passes away and Henry Tredgold is joined by Robert Mclntyre, an attorney who previously practised in Oudtshoorn. At the same time Bill Bisset became a junior partner in the firm Tredgold Mclntyre and Bisset.
Mclntyre returns to Oudtshoorn, Tredgold retires owing to ill health and Bill Bisset is joined by one W.A. Hofmeyr. Later, Bill’s younger brother, Arthur (“Artie”), joins the firm after completing his Law Certificate Examination in 1904.
Not much is known about the firm in the early years of the last century. However, we do know the following about our nominal predecessors. Bill Bisset was a Springbok rugby player and later WP rugby administrator and international rugby referee. He was also president of the Cape Law Society for two periods. Artie Bisset represented WP at cricket from 1902 to 1922 and captained the team in the latter part of that period.
Herman Boehmke was born in King Williams Town. For many years he was the chair of the regional board of Barclays Bank (now FNB).
Godfrey McBlain flew as a pilot of the Royal Flying Corps in World War I. By all accounts he was an early success for which he was awarded a DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross) and OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his efforts. He was also president of the Cape Law Society for a period of four years in the 1950s.
Subsequent to these gentlemen the firm was served by partners of longstanding, including Cedric Cronwright, Emrys Rogers, CJ (Gugu) Louwrens, Carl Pohl and David Macdonald, the latter three each having served periods as President of the Cape Law Society.
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