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Our Team


The team at Bruno Simão Attorneys is comprised of an innovative group of professionals who, through their vast experience and knowledge, are well equipped to tackle the most complex of legal matters.
With diversity in both their backgrounds and expertise, the team at Bruno Simão Attorneys work together, sharing their expertise and debating their ideas, in order to reach the best solutions for every client’s individual needs in an endeavour to circumvent the costs of litigation through a commitment to deal with any issue properly from the outset.

At Bruno Simão Attorneys we pride ourselves on a culture that recognises the contributions of individuals to the team as a whole and firmly believe that it is the differences amongst us that strengthen and reinforce the team, empowering us, through this team collective, with the ability and requisite skills to tackle any task placed before us to best serve our clients.

In consequence, our objective is to offer our clients a valuable service aimed at maximising their investment in us.


brunoBruno Simão

Founding Attorney

LLB (UNISA), Cert. Corporate Law (UNISA)

Bruno completed his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree at the University of South Africa, whilst simultaneously gaining exposure and experience in the legal field. After an invaluable term with Burden, Swart & Botha Attorneys in Brooklyn (Pretoria) from 2007 to 2011, Bruno founded Bruno Simão Attorneys in Sandton (Johannesburg) in 2012, noticing a gap in the market for a ‘close relation’ legal services offering to corporate entities and their executives, in essence entailing a collaboration between the client and their attorney on the aspects of the client’s business in need of facilitation and legal attention.

Bruno brings to the team a wealth of knowledge and experience from his 10 years in practice. Although this ranges across the board to all facets of the firm’s areas of practice, Bruno’s expertise lies predominantly in litigation, commercial and property law. Bruno has vast experience in these fields, intentionally having acquired extensive knowledge and amalgamating this with a view to offering his exclusive clients an efficient and practical legal solution to their operational needs.

From transactional structuring to disputes, Bruno caters for the resolution of any legal needs in an efficient and pragmatic way, dedicating and committing himself to his clients and exceeding all expectations.


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philipPhilip Bouwer

Associate Attorney


Philip began his legal career in 2013 with Gerings Attorneys and joined the team at Bruno Simão Attorneys in 2015. He is in the process of completing his Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree in the field of competition law and is the head associate in the Commercial Law Department of the firm.

Philip specialises in the fields of competition, corporate, and commercial law, as well as litigation. He has vast experience, knowledge, and expertise in corporate structuring, the negotiating, setting up, drafting, and implementation of commercial agreements and transactions on behalf of his clients, tax law, the resolution of disputes arising from commercial agreements as well as the National Credit Act, no. 34 of 2005. Philip prides himself in his ability to identify the areas of greatest concern to his clients and is instrumental in ensuring that his clients are adequately catered for and protected in all their various commercial dealings.

Philip has established himself as a young academic dedicated to the advancement of the law.

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renatoRenato Bettencourt

Candidate Attorney


Renato began his legal career in 2012. He has completed his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree and is soon completing his articles of clerkship under the auspicious of Bruno Simão, under whom he has received invaluable training and guidance.

Although he has acquired vast knowledge in a broad spectrum of legal disciplines, Renato has developed a passion for litigation. He has become well-versed with the execution process pertaining to immovable properties and is proficient in advising execution creditors and purchasers alike. His primary focus lies in evictions, and disputes arising from property sales and lease, having rendered advice with relation to contractual disputes and going so far as advising on conveyancing and ancillary aspects of property law. He is driven to broaden his knowledge and has delved into commercial law and particularly the negotiating and drafting of contracts together with transactional implementation and administration.

Renato’s core values are based on the principles of honesty, integrity and loyalty, all of which equate to an unquestionable dedication to clients.


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christopherChristopher Abrahams

Candidate Attorney


Christopher is the newest member of the team at Bruno Simão Attorneys. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Political Science, in addition to a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree, both from the University of the Witwatersrand, and is moreover currently pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Law.

Christopher is a dynamic individual who prides himself on his ability to work alongside others. Although he holds firmly to the ideals of teamwork, he has never ceased to pursue individual excellence. Despite his relative youth with relation to the practice of law, he is an extremely hard worker whose ‘never say die’ attitude has proven to be an invaluable asset to all departments of the firm. As a result, he has gained key experience in all departments, especially the Specialised Real Estate Department, and the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Department.

He is quickly developing into a promising attorney. His determination and willingness to learn have provided him with an uncanny ability to nurture the seed of triumph even in the face of adversity.


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nthabyNthabiseng Ntene

Office Manageress


Nthabiseng has four years of experience in the administration and operation of law firms. Aside from the pending Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree, she holds an Executive Secretary Certificate, in addition to several Certificates from the Law Society of South Africa. She joined the team at Bruno Simão Attorneys in 2015.

Nthabiseng is responsible for the day-to-day administration and operation of Bruno Simão Attorneys. This involves both general office administration as well as financial administration and accounting, offering support to all members of the team.

She is focused and dedicated and a crucial part of the firm.

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