The BDK Team

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OUR TEAM

Where Experience And Specialisation Matters Most

There are many ways of choosing an attorney but when it comes to choosing a civil litigation or criminal defence attorney, experience and specialisation counts for more than in almost any other area of legal practice.

Who Do I Speak To About

At BDK Attorneys, we believe that, although we will never back down on a good fight, litigation is so much more than that. We stand for values where our clients are treated fairly and with compassion. Afterall, it is our job to navigate you through the stormy waters of your legal issues.

Directors

Piet du Plessis

Director

Area of Practice:

Department: Criminal & Commercial Litigation

BA LLB (University of Pretoria)

Mini-bio:

Piet du Plessis obtained his LLB during 1977, serving his period as a candidate attorney at the same time. He joined the Department of Justice as a Prosecutor at the Johannesburg Magistrate Court in 1978. He practiced as an advocate of the High Court until 1982 when he joined BDK Attorneys as a partner.

Piet specialises in criminal law, with experience on both the defence and prosecution side. He has achieved the right to appear in the highest courts in the country. A privilege which has allowed him to successfully argue several matters in the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Away from work, Piet is a keen mountain biker and red wine connoisseur. Piet is a firm believer that if you have more than one bottle of wine left on the day you die, you are guilty of bad planning.

Phone: 011 838 1214
Mobile: 083 658 1213

Amorette Gangel

Director

Area of Practice:

Department: Commercial Litigation; Civil Litigation; Family Law; Labour Law; Correspondent Attorney Services

LLB (UNISA)

Mini-bio:

Amorette Gangel is the first female Director of BDK Attorneys in the firm’s almost 60-year history. Her legal career at BDK Attorneys started when she was appointed as a candidate attorney in 2014, whilst simultaneously studying her LLB through UNISA. Amorette was admitted as an Attorney in the High Court in early 2018.

Amorette has worked tirelessly to develop the civil law and family law departments within BDK Attorneys and has gained extensive understanding and knowledge working with her mentors, Rudi Krause and Piet du Plessis.

When Amorette is not vigorously advocating for her clients, she spends her free time mentoring candidate attorneys all over South Africa with an emphasis on assisting them with board exam preparation.

Phone: 011 838 1214
Mobile: 084 550 0545

Johan Eksteen

Director

Area of Practice:

Department: Criminal Litigation, Labour & Immigration Law

LLB (UNISA)

Mini-bio:

Johan Eksteen started his career as a police officer in the South African Police Services in 1981 and became an investigator in 1983. He worked at the notorious Brixton Murder and Robbery Unit from 1989 until Nov 1997 when he was medically boarded from the SAPS.

After leaving the SAPS, Johan ran his own business working as a loss adjustor and insurance investigator. In 2007 Johan decided to follow his dreams to become an attorney and decided to take up his studies for a LLB degree through Unisa. He completed his degree in 2011 and started working at BDK in 2012.

In 2021 Johan was appointed as a Director of BDK attorneys, which was achieved through his hard work, diligence and determination to never give up. Johan firmly believes in fighting for the rights of his clients.

Phone: 011 838 1214
Mobile: 082 614 5090

Consultants

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Jannie Kruger

Consultant

Area of Practice:

Department: Criminal Litigation

BA LLB (RAU)

Mini-bio:

Although he has retired as a Director of BDK Attorneys, Jannie Kruger continues to be an active consultant and still represents the firm in prominent matters.

Jannie Kruger attained his BA LLB degree at the Rand Afrikaans University in 1976 and joined the Department of Justice in 1977. Jannie was a state prosecutor specialising in statutory offenses for three years. In 1979, he joined the Johannesburg Bar and practiced as an advocate until 1983. He then joined David Botha and Piet du Plessis at BDK Attorneys, which was also where he also served his articles.

Jannie was a director of the firm until retirement. He continues to act as a consultant for BDK Attorneys, practicing in criminal litigation and offering support and advice from the knowledge gained after 35 years’ experience.

Phone: 011 838 1214
Mobile: 082 658 1214

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Ian Small-Smith

Consultant

Area of Practice:

Department: Criminal & Civil Litigation

B.Proc

Mini-bio:

Ian acts as a consultant for BDK Attorneys, offering expert legal services after more than 21 years in criminal law. Ian is famously known for his ability to resolve complex legal problems and has represented clients in several high-profile cases.

Phone: 011 838 1214
Mobile: 082 560 1718

Ulrich Kruger

Consultant

Area of Practice:

Department: Family and Matrimonial Law, Commercial Litigation, Civil Litigation and Property Law

LLB Cum Laude (University of Free State), LLB (Murdoch University, Australia)

Mini-bio:

Ulrich Kruger is a passionate litigator specialising in all aspects of civil, corporate and commercial litigation.

Ulrich started his career at BDK Attorneys in 2018 after completing his LLB Cum Laude at the University of the Free State in 2017. Ulrich became BDK Attorneys’ first Internationally admitted attorney, when he was admitted in Australia.

Ulrich currently practices as a Consultant at BDK Attorneys, from Sydney, Australia, from where he serves his South African clients alongside the BDK Team.

Phone: 011 838 1214
Mobile: 083 557 3635

Associates

Abrie van der Merwe

Associate

Area of Practice:

Department: Criminal Litigation & Family Law

LLB (University of Pretoria); LLM (University of Pretoria)

Mini-bio:

Abrie is an associate at BDK Attorneys, where he also completed his articles of clerkship. Abrie holds the degrees LLB and LLM in Criminal Law from the University of Pretoria and has also completed a Tax Law course with the University of Cape Town. Before commencing his articles, Abrie worked at the University of Pretoria as an Academic Associate and progressed to Assistant Lecturer whilst studying towards his LLM.

Abrie predominantly runs a criminal law practice, together with family law. Abrie’s skill with Protection Order for both harassment and domestic violence related matters has earned him an esteemed reputation in the field. Abrie’s incredible wit ensures that he represents his clients with vigour and enthusiasm.

Phone: 011 838 1214
Mobile: 083 555 1586

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Neale Quilliam

Associate

Area of Practice:

Department: Labour & Criminal Litigation

MA: Emp. Law (Leicester UK); MA: Sociology (RAU); BAHon (UNISA); LLB (UNISA)

Mini-bio:

Neale Quilliam was born and bred in Johannesburg and after graduating from the Johannesburg College of Education he started his working life in teaching. Following marrying Wendy and expecting their first child, Neale left teaching and entered the commercial world in T&D in the Standard Bank. After the freeing of the labour unions Neale became very interested in Labour Law/Industrial Relations and sought a position where that was happening and was appointed to Murray & Roberts Construction as their HR/IR Manager.

From there, Neale was ‘headhunted’ and offered a position in Air Products SA Ltd as their HR/IR Executive where he remained until his retirement in 2013. During this time Neale was involved in the formation of the National Bargaining Council for the Chemicals Industry as well as the establishment of the Chemicals Industry Sector Education and Training Authority.  He was also tasked with the writing and development of the Air Products worldwide Leadership Development training courses and delivered many of these courses in Singapore and the USA.

Throughout his working life, Neale continued studying and in 2012, he received his LLB from UNISA, which he added to his already awarded, MA (Employment Law; Leicester: UK) MA (Sociology) (RAU) BAHons (UNISA) and TTHD(JCE).

Neale joined BDK Attorneys in 2014 and handles the Labour Law matters in BDK Attorneys but also practices criminal law when required.

Phone: 011 838 1214
Mobile: 082 568 6814

Nadine Meintjes

Associate

Area of Practice:

Department: Family and Matrimonial Law, Commercial Litigation, Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation and Property Law

BCom Law, LLB (University of Johannesburg)

Mini-bio:

Nadine completed her B.Com Law degree at the University of Johannesburg in 2018. She then completed her LLB degree in 2020 at the University of Johannesburg and is currently enrolled in her LLM International Commercial Law degree at the University of Johannesburg. She has also completed a course in Artificial Intelligence in the Fourth Industrial Revolution at the University of Johannesburg. Nadine has tutored both Commercial and Criminal Law and completed Law Clinic as a student legal counsellor at the University of Johannesburg. Nadine has completed full time Practical Legal Training with LEAD in 2021 and has written all 4 board exams, passing all four on her first attempt. Nadine was admitted as an attorney of the High Court in January 2023. She completed an advanced trail advocacy with Silverfox Forensics in 2022.

Nadine is a fearless and passionate attorney. She enjoys working in a multidisciplinary practice and her zealous approach ensures that no stone is left unturned in her endeavours.

Phone: 011 838 1214
Mobile: 083 376 8458

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Gerhard Landman

Associate

Area of Practice:

Department: Criminal & Civil Litigation 

Phone: 011 838 1214
Mobile: 078 450 1828

Candidate Attorneys

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Tristan Moodley

Candidate Attorney

Area of Practice:

Department: Criminal Litigation

LLB (UNISA)

Mini-bio:

Tristan started his career with Candice attorneys in Sandton in 2019 and worked on civil litigation.  He went on to successfully complete his Practical Legal Training course via the full time LSSA-LEAD Program. 

During October 2021 Tristan joined the BDK Family working predominantly in criminal law litigation but he has also gained experience in both commercial and civil litigation.

Tristan is an avid musician and serves as a Lead Guitarist at the Rhema Bible Church North Main Campus. He is a firm believer of the motto made famous by Lewis Hamilton: “You can knock me down, but I get up twice as strong”.

Phone: 011 838 1214
Mobile: 082 653 4017

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Rita Moodley

Candidate Attorney

Area of Practice:

Department: Criminal Litigation

LLB, MTech (Crim), BTech (Crim), Nat Dip (Policing), PCFS

Mini-bio:

Rita began her career as a policewoman in the South African Police Service in the 1990’s stationed at the Durban Flying Squad.  Having worked her way to the rank of commissioned officer she resigned as Lieutenant Colonel and progressed into the corporate arena.  After an illustrious career in crime-fighting, she was determined to pursue her passion for people and the law.  She went on to obtain her LLB and joined the BDK family in 2021.

She has significant experience having served for over 30 years within the legal arena, in both Government and Corporate sectors in South Africa.  Her diverse expertise and skillset spans from strategic and operational law enforcement to corporate strategy, cultural transformation and leadership. Mrs Moodley has contributed to various types of investigations such as criminal, white-collar crimes including ethics and corporate law matters. She has been fortunate to serve, lead and manage diverse teams, collaborated with multidisciplinary task teams and various stakeholders on a range of projects, including cross-continent global projects. 

She is passionate about the law and seeks to make a meaningful difference in society and in people’s lives.

Phone: 011 838 1214
Mobile: 083 557 6735

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Katia Dias

Candidate Attorney

Area of Practice:

Department: Commercial Litigation; Civil Litigation; Family Law; Labour Law; Correspondent Attorney Services

BCom Law, LLB (Rhodes University)

Mini-bio:

Katia began her articles of clerkship in 2022 and is currently registered as a candidate attorney at BDK Attorneys. She completed her schooling at St Johns College where she obtained her CIE AS and A level qualifications. Katia then obtained both her BCom Law degree and LLB degree at Rhodes University during the period of 2017 to 2021. Whilst studying, she attended vacation work programmes and completed legal practice at the Rhodes University Law Clinic whereby she provided pro bono legal services to the Grahamstown community.

Katia is an ambitious legal practitioner with a keen interest in civil litigation, which she is expertly taught under Amorette Gangel. She strives to ensure that her client’s best interests are sought after. It does not matter whether it is day or night, Katia is always ready and eager to assist in any way that she can.

Phone: 011 838 1214
Mobile: 083 557 5901

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Rylan Naidoo

Candidate Attorney

Area of Practice:

Department: Criminal Litigation

LLB (IIE Varsity College)

Mini-bio:

Rylan Naidoo joined the BDK family in 2022. 

Rylan successfully completed his LLB in 2021 at the Independent Institute of Education (IIE) Varsity College Sandton.  He was part of the first class to have graduated with an LLB from a private institution in South Africa.

Rylan is an individual adept at expressing diverse talents from the academic sphere to the sporting arena. His key strength lies in his innate ability to quickly adapt to challenges thrown at him.

As former fraud analyst at Investec, a banking and wealth management group, Rylan served as part of a dynamic team responsible for analysing and identifying financial crime patterns and pro-actively curbing, reporting and investigating matters and or scams, in the financial sector.

His attention to detail and strong work ethic makes him ideally positioned to contribute to his future legal career. He has served in many community outreach programmes especially the underprivileged community.

Rylan’s favourite motto is “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”

Phone: 011 838 1214
Mobile: 083 376 8467

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Jesse Hanekom

Candidate Attorney

Area of Practice:

Department: Criminal Litigation, Labour & Immigration Law

BA Law, LLB (University of Johannesburg)

Mini-bio:

Jesse completed his BA Law, majoring in politics in 2019 and his LLB in 2021, both at the University of Johannesburg. He received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for outstanding academic performance, whilst being the top achiever in politics, international relations, labour law and applied legal studies.

Aside from studying, Jesse was also active in community engagement, where he was part of the University’s Steering Committee, and from his Second to Final Years involved with the Constitutional Students Care Committee, where he later went on to chair the Committee alongside a senior lecturer.

Before joining the BDK Team, Jesse gained valuable experience as a Candidate Attorney, focusing primarily on Employment Law and Administrative Law.

When he is not in a suit and tie, Jesse enjoys playing barista and is a coffee aficionado.

Phone: 011 838 1214
Mobile: 082 496 0325

Paralegal

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Tevin Ismail

Paralegal

Phone: 011 838 1214
Mobile: 082 572 4550

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