Our firm is an innovative, young and dynamic grouping of four attorneys with a desire to approach the practice of law in an innovative way that is both personal and professional. We have a vast range of expertise and individual skills that are complimented within our practice.

The People

The four attorneys are:

Gareth Brimelow who did his articles in Johannesburg and has been practising for many years, largely specialising in litigation and commercial agreements he lends a great deal of experience and wisdom to the team.

Carlo de Oliveira spent many years as an attorney and as a legal advisor for a corporate, before re-joining the profession. His expertise range from litigation to conveyancing, and include commercial work and innovative solutions to complex problems.

Nicola de Oliveira has been practicing for over 10 years in the areas of civil, commercial and matrimonial litigation. Nicola is also a conveyancer.

Anthony Ekerold went to work for a corporate when he finished his articles, he then opened his own practice until he was convinced to join this formidable team. Anthony specialises in labour law and commercial agreements and heads up our commercial department.


At the core of our practice is the ability and desire to provide all of our clients with the best service and we achieve this by ensuring that:

We are always available to our clients when they need us;

We have built a working relationship with our clients thereby ensuring that we have an understanding of our clients’ specific situations and requirements.

We find the most cost effective innovative and practical solutions.


This department is headed by Carlo and Nicola de Oliveira, Nicola is a qualified Conveyancer and Carlo has a great deal of experience in the area of conveyancing more particularly in assisting with the negotiation of more complicated transactions.

Commercial Law Department

Anthony Ekerold specialises in commercial law, this includes commercial contracts, sale and purchase of businesses, companies and close corporations, partnerships and joint ventures, credit applications, leases and franchises, trading trusts.


Our firm provides advice on legislation which affects the operation of your business, your contractual obligations and documentation.

Gareth Brimelow has specialised knowledge of the New Credit Act as well as the Consumer Protection Act.

Anthony Ekerold has specialised knowledge of the Companies Act and is able to assist with the drawing of Memoranda of Incorporation as required by this Act. He also specialises in Labour Law and is able to assist in ensuring that you are compliant with the relevant legislation.


Gareth Brimelow and Nicola de Oliveira head up the litigation department

We attend to all civil litigation including, but not limited to, disputes arising out of commercial contracts, debt recoveries, personal injury claims, motor vehicle accident claims as well as divorces. We also attend to repossessions, applications for the liquidation of companies, and sequestration of individuals, where appropriate.

We report regularly to our clients in all matters however if you require specialised reporting we are more than happy to accommodate you.

Family Law

Nicola de Oliveira practices in the field of Family Law which includes ante nuptial contracts, divorce and arrangements in respect of minor children in terms of the Children’s Act, including contact and care arrangements.

Divorces can also be effectively mediated and we believe that in the right circumstances it is the most amicable and cost effective mechanism for resolving a matter which is generally fraught with acrimony.

Criminal Law

Gareth Brimelow and Carlo de Oliveira handle the various aspects of criminal law, bail applications, plea bargains and representation in Court.

Industrial And Labour Relations

This department is headed by Anthony Ekerold, he is in a position to assist you with whatever industrial and/or labour relations query you may have, not only with reference to the law but also in drawing from experience to find a rapid practical solution.

Debt Recoveries

Gareth Brimelow and Nicola de Oliveira attend to the debt collections generally as a part of our service following successful litigation.

Wills And Estates

We confirm that we attend to the drawing and drafting of wills and the winding up of deceased estates.


What we have set out above is a broad outline of the major services BDE ATTORNEYS provides, whilst the list is by no means exhaustive, it gives an indication of what services we provide. The kind of service we provide is personal, cost effective, timeous and we constantly strive for better service at every level.