More about Trudie Broekmann Attorneys


Trudie Broekmann is a commercial attorney with twenty-something years’ practice experience, both as an attorney in private practice and in the role of in-house legal advisor.  She is an expert on new business legislation, such as the Consumer Protection Act, Companies Act, National Credit Act and the Protection of Personal Information Act.

She is regularly quoted as an expert in the press. She advised the Department of Trade and Industry on setting up the National Consumer Commission and the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, created compliance tools for a large supermarket group, and regularly provides agreements and opinion work to clients ranging from listed corporates to medium-sized businesses to NGOs and various state bodies. She has extensive experience in providing  seminars on these topics.

Trudie has an interest in NGO and trust law and applying the Constitution to achieve public benefit. She and her husband are garagiste winemakers and she loves travel, movies, reading, entertaining and spending time on Table Mountain with her dog, Lucy.

Our senior associate, Gerhard van der Merwe

Gerhard is an experienced litigation attorney with the right of appearance in the High Court and has more than ten years’ experience in private practice. He’s originally from Senekal and matriculated from Paul Erasmus High with 7 distinctions.  He then graduated from University of the Free State with an LLB degree, obtaining over 75% for his LLB thesis. Gerhard is known in our firm as a walking library of legal knowledge- and he doesn’t hesitate to put that knowledge to work to find innovative solutions for clients. His background is in High Court litigation, debt collection on behalf of one of the major banks as well as the National Credit Act and he is keen to apply this knowledge and background to advance and protect consumer rights.

Gerhard is a foodie, so he is regularly spotted in a selection of Cape Town restaurants.

Our receptionist and PA, Raquel September

Raquel has been in the legal support field for 14 years. She’s all “can do” attitude and she makes everything in the office run like a well-oiled machine.

She is mom to two daughters and a son who range in age between 16 and 2. She’s got extensive parenting skills! She loves swimming, hiking, beach walks and spa days. She regularly brings incredible cake along to the office- we may share with clients if you consult with us at the office. She’s named for Raquel Welch in case you wondered.