Our Divisions

Our Divisions Simplified solutions to complex legal needs

We are a leading full-service law firm in the Western Cape. Our client-driven philosophy enables us to constantly re-evaluate our service to best provide them.

At BDP Attorneys, our clients are our priority, and because we are solution-driven, we offer a broad range of services to meet their demands. Our professionals understand that it can be intimidating to decide which services you need, and that is why we can assist you in making the right choices, simplifying what may seem complex.

We will advise and involve, as necessary, the right team members to ensure that you experience continuous service and see the results you expect from us.



Our attorneys have litigated in many high-profile cases in all divisions of the South African Courts. Once a lawsuit enters the court, our attorneys will do everything in their power to ensure you receive the best ruling and get the outcome you deserve.

Whether you need assistance in corporate litigation or simply require a litigator to help you settle an employment or civil dispute, our team is here for you.

We specialise in the following:

  • Litigation across all areas
  • Dispute resolution
  • Advising clients on the merits of their case
  • Preparation of court documents
  • Legal representation
  • Lodging of appeal or review applications

Contact Fred Van der Westhuyzen or George De Beer, directors of our Litigation Department on 021 941 7777. For general enquiries contact us at accounts@bdplaw.co.za

Property Law

We understand that being involved in any kind of property transaction can be a very exciting yet overwhelming experience.

We ensure that you understand every step of the transaction, from the valuation right through to the title transfer and bond registration. You will receive regular updates throughout the conveyancing process to ensure you are kept in the loop at all times.

We specialise in the following:

  • Commercial property transfers
  • Residential property transfers
  • Transfers of immovable property
  • Drafting of legal documents
  • Conveyancing
  • Bond registration and cancellation
  • Guidance and advice regarding property transactions

Contact Chris Nel , director of our Conveyancing Department on 021 941 7777. For general enquiries contact us at accounts@bdplaw.co.za


Corporate and Commercial Law

We believe that commerce is the lifeblood of any country and its economy. Our services include assistance with registration of all forms of corporate entities, registration of NGO’s and associations not for gain, and the drafting and settling of commercial agreements.

Our attorneys are not only able to provide clients with corporate governance and arbitration support, we can assist you in the structuring of your business, offering our advisory services to you whether it concerns mergers and financing or commercial litigation.

We specialise in the following:

  • Structuring and re-structuring
  • Company Registrations
  • Negotiating and drafting contracts
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Drafting of client agreements

Contact Chris Nel, director of our Litigation Department on 021 941 7712. For general enquiries contact us at accounts@bdplaw.co.za

Deceased Estates

Preparing for the future is a vital part of every family. Drafting a will and testament should be the first step. Our attorneys can ensure your family’s future is secure, and your legacy lives on with our all-encompassing solutions.

Dealing with the administration of a deceased estate is never a pleasant experience for family members. We understand that the entire process can be much easier to deal with if it is handled in a manner that is as quick and hassle-free as possible.

We specialise in the following:

  • Administration of deceased estates
  • Guidance and advice
  • Executorship of deceased estates
  • Submission of required documentation to the Master of the High Court
  • Preparation of all relevant documents
  • Formation of trusts
  • Drafting of trust deeds
  • Registration of trusts with the Master of the High Court

Contact Charl May, deceased estates expert on 021 941 7745. For general enquiries contact us at accounts@bdplaw.co.za


Dispute Resolution

Dispute resolution offers an alternative to litigation procedures in certain instances. We can advise on the best course of action to follow.

Our expert advisory and mediation services can help you find the best solutions without setting foot inside a courtroom.

We specialise in the following:

  • Arbitration
  • Appeals
  • Class actions
  • Cost consultancy
  • Mediation

Contact Fred Van der Westhuyzen, director of our Litigation Department on 021 941 7757. For general enquiries contact us at accounts@bdplaw.co.za

Family Law

Family law matters often veer into emotional territory, where finding the best solution is overshadowed by the emotional weight of the decisions at hand. Our attorneys can help your family find the best possible solutions in these difficult times.

We are here to guide you through the legal processes that need to be addressed regardless of the emotions that surround them. While divorce proceedings are never easy, concerns such as maintenance and the rights of the child need to be addressed to ensure a better future. With the necessary mediation, many of the discomforts of these legal proceedings may even be illuminated entirely.

We can also assist you when it comes to planning your family’s future together, from antenuptial contracts through to adoptions, to make sure you’re ready for the next step.

We specialise in the following:

  • Adoption
  • Child Rights
  • Divorce and Maintenance
  • Nuptial services
  • Drafting of legal documents

When you need nothing but the best. BDP Attorneys is ready to assist with all your bespoke family law requirements

Contact George De Beer, family law expert on 021 941 7777. For general enquiries contact us at accounts@bdplaw.co.za


Insolvency Law

When debt and insolvency threaten your business, finding a way to keep its existence going is never easy. In this regard, we can assist with business rescue, sequestrations and liquidations etc.

Our business advisors can help you find the best way to close this chapter, or how to move to the next one.

We specialise in the following:

  • Liquidation of companies and close corporations
  • Sequestration of individuals and partnerships
  • Preparation of claims
  • Debt recovery and advice
  • Insolvency litigation
  • Debt restructuring
  • Asset recovery

Contact Fred van der Westhuyzen, director of our Litigation Department on 021 941 7777. For general enquiries contact us at fred@bdplaw.co.za

Contact George De Beer, director of our Litigation Department on 021 941 7777. For general enquiries contact us at accounts@bdplaw.co.za

Insurance Law and Legal Liability

Whether you are struggling with third party legal claims or need corporate advice for delictual matters, our insurance department is able to assist clients in a wide variety of situations.

Our understanding of both the insurer and insuree allows us to ensure closure in legal matters with the best possible outcomes.

Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience in insurance law and insurance litigation, ensuring the best legal advice and assistance at all times.

We specialise in the following:

  • Advice and guidance pertaining to insurance law
  • Drafting of agreements and policies
  • Insurance advice
  • Insurance dispute resolution
  • Advice on product liability
  • Personal accident and disability
  • Asset and business insurance
  • Professional indemnity insurance
  • Warranties and indemnities

Contact Christo Potgieter or John Smit, directors of our Insurance and Legal Liability Department on 021 941 7777. For general enquiries, contact us at accounts@bdplaw.co.za


Attorney Realtor Hub Members

As a proud member of the Attorney Realtor Hub, BDP’s property experts can now assist you with every step in your real estate journey, from finding the right property through to the final title transfer.

Attorney Realtor Hub is a collection of innovative attorneys and conveyancers who work together to offer clients comprehensive property service.

Contact Chris Nel, director of our Conveyancing Department on 021 941 7740. For general enquiries, contact us at chris@bdplaw.co.za

Sports Law

Our Sports Law Division is an amalgamation of BDP Attorneys' various practices. We developed into a full-service law firm that have joined forces to establish a new legal service provider for sports law. Our practice exemplifies an outspoken, multidisciplinary approach by providing a range of trusted services to our clientele.

We are proud to have clients among sports bodies, associations, clubs, unions, sponsors, players, professional sport leagues, agents, and regulators on various matters.

The work is focused on sporting clients for high-profile litigation, contractual, governance and regulatory disputes.

Our group of attorneys bring an inter-disciplinary and international approach to our representation of our clients calling upon our extensive worldwide resources.

These are not only in litigation, but in disciplines such as intellectual property law, labour law, regulatory and compliance, trusts, corporate and commercial law, property law, insurance law, insolvency law; family law; legal liability; business finance; operational finance; internal policy assessment; internal risk review; brand protection and reputation management. The list continues to complete the full suite of the law profession.

  • Training Compensation & Solidarity Contribution
  • Dispute Resolution in National and International Sport Tribunals
  • The drafting of Rules and Regulations
  • Employment Contracts & Contractual Disputes
  • Overdue Payables (incl. transfer fees and sell- on fees)
  • Sponsorship acquisition & Endorsements
  • Player care and representation
  • National and International Football Transfers
  • Disciplinary and anti- doping proceedings
  • Sports contracts

Contact Lyrique Du Plessis, our Sports Law Director on 076 329 2511.

Contact George De Beer, Director of our Litigation Department on 083 450 4514.

Contact Jandré Smit, our Financial Manager on 021 941 7706.

For general enquiries, contact Lyrique Du Plessis at lyrique@bdplaw.co.za


Labour and Employment Law

The fair labour practice jurisdiction allows for a labour law dispensation that pays due regard to the needs and interests of both employer and employee. Neither employer nor employee benefits from a static employment concept where their respective rights and obligations are cast in stone at the commencement of the employment relationship. What the employer bargains for is the flexibility to make decisions in a dynamic work environment in order to meet the needs of the labour process. What the employee exacts in return is not only a wage, but a continuing obligation of fairness towards the employee on the part of the employer when he makes decisions affecting the employee in his work” (WL Ochse Webb & Pretorius (Pty) Ltd v Vermeulen 1997 ILJ 361 (LAC):365I-366A.)

Against this backdrop, the continuous harmonious relationship between employer and employee is of cardinal importance in any workplace. We believe that continued engagement between employer, employee and organised labour, where applicable, is the best means towards achieving said harmonious relationship and this forms the cornerstone of our advisory and litigious position. Our Labour and Employment Department has over 15 years’ experience in labour and employment advisory and litigation related services.

We specialise in the following:

  • Unfair dismissal and unfair labour practice disputes
  • Retrenchment
  • Sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Strikes / lock out disputes
  • All forms of discrimination in the workplace
  • Contracts of employment
  • Restraints of trade
  • Employee Share Schemes
  • Workplace policies
  • Staff training
  • Workplace investigations
  • Disciplinary hearings
  • Mediation, Conciliation and Arbitration
  • Labour Court and Labour Appeal Court Litigation

Contact Charl May, labour expert on 021 941 7745. For general enquiries contact us at accounts@bdplaw.co.za

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Andy Alexander

  • LLB at the University of the Western Cape – 2020
  • Commenced Articles of Clerkship in June 2021


Andy holds an LLB from the University of the Western Cape. He is currently completing his articles of clerkship at BDP Attorneys under John Smit and Rosshin Rossouw.

Gaenor Michel

  • BA (language and culture) – Stellenbosch University – 2013;
  • BA Hons (philosophy) (cum laude) – Stellenbosch University – 2014;
  • LLB – Stellenbosch University – 2017;
  • MA (philosophy) (cum laude) Stellenbosch University – 2020;
  • Commenced articles of clerkship – November 2020.

Gaenor holds a BA, a BA Hons (cum laude), an LLB and an MA (cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch. Her MA thesis focussed on wrongful life delictual actions and the ethical desirability thereof. She is currently completing her articles of clerkship at BDP Attorneys under Christo Potgieter and John Smit. Gaenor is also a registered PhD student at Stellenbosch University, working towards a PhD in the field of Bioethics.