Richard Atkins Associate 021 941 7777

Richard is an Associate in the firm’s corporate, commercial, litigation and employment law departments.

Richard obtained his LLB at the University of the Western Cape in 2019 and joined the firm’s insurance and legal liability department.

He completed his Practical Vocational Training Contract under the direction of John Smit in January 2019. He assisted the insurance and legal liability department on various matters dealing with, inter alia motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall, personal injuries, veld fires, insurance law and other forms of liability.

During May 2021, Richard was transferred to the firm’s branch in Rondebosch. He has since assisted Anton Schelhase, Andrea Keller and Charl May with inter alia arbitration, mediation, commercial litigation, commercial contracting, commercial property transactions, evictions, employment, and labour law litigation.

Richard was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa on 6 August 2021.

Principal Services
  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Litigation
  • Employment Law

LLB - University of the Western Cape

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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.