DTS Attorneys – Law Firm in Port Elizabeth



Qualification: BA LLB (RU), CCPP (UP), PDP (UCT GSB), Introduction to Loss Adjusting (Institute of Loss Adjusters of South Africa), Certificate of Proficiency (Insurance Institute of South Africa), Introduction to Shipping ( Chartered Institute of Ship Brokers), Certificate in Construction Law (Binnington Copeland) Short Course Negotiation Skills (Prof Manie Spoelstra)

Peter Allanson attended St Andew’s College in Grahamstown and then graduated from Rhodes University in 1992 after which he was admitted as an attorney in 1995. He commenced his legal careers at Joubert Galpin Searle Attorneys in Port Elizabeth where he practiced for 10 years gaining valuable exposure in banking, insurance, commercial, property, litigation, practice management and marketing.

Peter left practice and started a property investment and development company from inception focusing on commercial, industrial and residential property developments and management. This expanded to include the ownership, management and marketing of hospitality assets primarily along the Garden Route in South Africa. Here he garnered invaluable experience growing and managing this and other group businesses from scratch.

Peter ventured out of the company in June 2015 and his interest and skills drew him back to business strategy, management, property, legal consultancy to dynamic businesses where he held board positions. The experience Peter gained in the financial and governance aspects of business has been invaluable.

He re-entered private legal practice with DTS Attorneys in June 2018 where he now focuses on commercial and business law and solutions. Mike Searle, Peter’s mentor as a young lawyer, always held the view that to be a good commercial attorney, you need to have been involved in litigation to avoid the pitfalls for your clients. He believes that with this experience coupled with having been in business for some years now, he is well position to see the desired result from a client’s perspective and not just from the perspective that a well-trained lawyer would adopt. At DTS Attorneys he believes that there is a synergy to combine their extensive and well-respected property practice with a commercial offering to the firm’s existing clients and new ones that will be an attractive combination.

His primarily role with be to offer a cost-efficient commercial and business law service to the small to medium enterprises in the region which includes the firm’s aim to become the property law specialist of choice in the Eastern Cape.

Peter is married to Tania and they have two beautiful children in Jack and Kate. Mountain biking is his stress release and travel something he needs to do more of with his wife.

Peter sits on the board of trustees for various trust with interests in conservation and education.


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