Patrick Bracher is a financial services lawyer. He specialises in financial services (especially insurance), related commercial transactions and corporate governance, telecommunications and media, constitutional law, public interest law and consumer protection law.
His expertise includes highly specialised knowledge of insurance law. His involvement in the licence application, roll-out and operation of South Africa’s third cellular telephone licence developed his skills in telecommunications, corporate funding and a wide variety of commercial transactions. He is known for his clear opinions, practical advice and plain language. Patrick advises the South African Insurance Association, Lloyd’s of London in South Africa, National Credit Regulator and the majority of South Africa’s major insurers. He is an external examiner for the University of South Africa LLM (Insurance Law) course.
He writes many and edits virtually all the publications issued by the Group’s South African offices. He has given many lectures to clients, major corporations and seminars. Patrick 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 in 1965. 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 experience in most fields of law. He joined the Group in 1988. Patrick holds an Attorneys Admissions diploma (Unisa).