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Caveat Legal

Caveat Legal makes quality legal services more accessible to business. It is a panel of carefully selected specialist attorneys and tax advisors, who are available for consulting work.

Caveat Legal makes quality legal services more accessible to business. It is a panel of carefully selected specialist attorneys and tax advisors, who are available for consulting work. The panel members have gained experience at South Africa's top law firms and hold expertise in a variety of specialist fields, including commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance law, financial services law, commercial property law, technology, media and telecommunications law, regulatory law, competition law, international trade and investment law, intellectual property law and employment law.

Because we don't carry the overheads of the large firms, our rates are highly competitive.

Our panel members are available for ad hoc legal work, fixed-period secondments, legal project work and training on compliance with legislation.

The panel members have gained experience at South Africa's top law firms and hold expertise in a variety of specialist fields, including commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance law, financial services law, commercial property law, technology, media and telecommunications law, regulatory law, competition law, international trade and investment law, intellectual property law and employment law.

Yvonne Wakefield, Founder and CEO

Having completed her BA (law) and LLB at Stellenbosch University and a diploma in International Law at Antwerp University, Yvonne joined Bowman Gilfillan Inc in Cape Town as a candidate attorney. After concluding her articles, she was admitted as an attorney in the Cape High Court. Later that year she was admitted as an advocate, and went on to undertake her pupilage at the Cape Bar, where she practised until taking time off to have children. During her time away from practice, she taught and assessed at UCT’s law faculty, completed a Masters degree in commercial law and tax at UCT, and qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales. Yvonne enjoys ongoing involvement as an external examiner at UCT’s law faculty for its final year Integrated Assessment Project. Yvonne has, over time, become increasingly concerned about the rising cost of legal services. She believes that, whilst the large firms offer a good quality of service, their overheads make it almost impossible to keep their fees at a level that is affordable. As a result, many businesses either cannot or will not seek assistance from them. Yvonne also noticed that a number of experienced attorneys seek alternatives to the pressurised and less flexible environments offered by the large firms, and wish to continue to work at the same level, but with flexibility and autonomy. Yvonne founded Caveat Legal in 2011 to address these two needs, and its management team strives for excellence in providing a good fit between its clients and panel members.

Carine Bryer, COO

Having completed her BCom (law) and LLB at Stellenbosch University, Carine joined Webber Wentzel in Johannesburg as a candidate attorney. After concluding her articles, she was admitted as an attorney in the North Gauteng High Court. That same year she commenced her MBA at the University of Western Australia, which she achieved with distinction. On returning home, Carine joined Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs and subsequently took up an in-house legal position within the capital markets. Carine’s belief in the founding principles and unique vision for the legal services provided by Caveat Legal led her to join the team in 2014.

  • Corporate & commercial law
  • Financial services law
  • Banking & finance law
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Technology & blockchain law
  • Regulatory law
  • Intellectual property law
  • Employment law
  • Tax law
  • Competition law

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