Patrick Bracher is an insurance 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, 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 administrative law, constitutional law and 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 has written countless articles and presented many lectures and seminars. He is a constitutional lawyer and he hosts a fortnightly radio programme on the Bill of Rights.
In the Actritas Star Lawyers survey, published in January 2018, Patrick was designated as a "Star Lawyer". The Star Lawyer designation is based on feedback from 4,300 clients over a three year period. "He understands long-term insurance, his advice and opinions are always valuable."
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.