Rika Odendal Associate 072 355 8475

Rika Odendal is an esteemed Associate within the Family Law and Litigation Department at our firm.

Having commenced her career with the predecessor of BDP Inc. in 2004 as an Assistant, Rika's expertise flourished as she actively contributed to the Corporate and Commercial Department until 2010. It was during this time that she transitioned to George de Beer's Family Law Practice, assuming the role of Senior Assistant, and igniting her profound passion for family-related matters.

Her academic journey began at the University of South Africa in 2017, where she embarked on her LLB Degree and Clerkship simultaneously, solidifying her dedication to legal excellence. In November 2021, she proudly obtained her LLB degree from the University of South Africa.

Rika's commitment to the legal profession culminated in her admission as a Legal Practitioner and enrolment as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa in September 2022.

With a focused interest in Family Law, particularly in safeguarding children's rights and parental rights, Rika has honed her expertise in these areas. Under the mentorship of George de Beer, she has amassed invaluable experience in family-related issues, domestic relations, general litigation, and the meticulous drafting and negotiation of various contracts and legal documents over the past decade.

In April 2024, she participated in and completed the Family and Divorce Mediation training through FAMAC, the FAMILY MEDIATORS ASSOCIATION OF THE CAPE.

Rika Odendal's journey from Assistant to esteemed Associate within the Family Law/Litigation Department at our firm exemplifies not just professional growth, but a steadfast dedication to legal excellence in family law.

Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • General Litigation
  • Trusts
  • Drafting and Reviewing Contracts (including Commercial Contracts)

LL.B (University of South Africa)

Admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa

Legal Practice Council
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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.