Patrick Bracher is a banking and finance lawyer based in Johannesburg.
He has years of invaluable experience and a depth of knowledge in insurance law (pure insurance, regulatory aspects and the commercial side), financial transactions and regulatory law. His knowledge also embraces related financial services such as the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act and the Medical Schemes Act. He advises many of South Africa’s insurers, the South African Insurance Association, Lloyd’s of London in South Africa, the National Credit Regulator and the Council for Medical Schemes. Patrick is the external examiner for the University of South Africa’s post-graduate insurance courses. His commercial knowledge is supplemented by a wide-ranging knowledge of the common law; and practical understanding of the law relating to consumers such as the National Credit Act, Consumer Protection Act, and Protection of Personal Information Act especially from the suppliers’ point of view.
Patrick is known for his clear opinions, practical advice and plain language. He edits most of the publications issued by Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa. He has written countless articles himself and presented many lectures and seminars. He is a constitutional lawyer and he hosts a fortnightly radio programme on the Bill of Rights.
He commenced his legal career in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, straight from high school. While doing his articles, he simultaneously studied law by correspondence through the University of South Africa – one of the world’s foremost correspondence universities. He qualified as an attorney at the age of 22, thereafter gaining extensive experience in most fields of law. He joined the practice in 1988.
The recently published draft Insurance Bill illustrates what can happen if parliament delegates over-extensive law-making powers to the regulator of an industry. .
July 13, 2015
Somewhere out there, unheralded but active, is the Ministry of Silly Legislation.
June 08, 2015
Patrick Bracher discusses the impact the Retail Distribution Review will have on the viability of independent advisers and small brokerages..
February 18, 2015
Norton Rose Fulbright pro bono client, the indigenous Eastern Cape community of Mgungundlovu, has been successful in their 18 years old land claim under....
November 21, 2014