Year of Admission
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Second floor, West Court Chambers
Christiaan J (Chico) Bresler was called to the Bar in 2002, after practicing as a litigation attorney at Hofmeyr, Herbstein & Gihwala Inc (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc).
Chico has a commercial law practice. He has experience in all facets of commercial litigation, including administrative law, banking law, building and construction disputes, business rescue, company law, competition law, contractual disputes, insolvency, insurance, medical and pharmaceutical related matters, property disputes, restraints of trade, shareholder and director disputes, shipping and freight forwarding disputes, tax and unlawful competition.
Chico has appeared in numerous courts, both of first instance and appeal, and in various other tribunals and forums, including arbitrations, where he has both appeared on behalf of clients and has sat as arbitrator.
He is a graduate of the Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg) and holds B.Com (Law and Economics), LLB and LLM (cum laude) degrees. While completing his studies, Chico clerked for a High Court judge and competed abroad in an international moot court competition, where he placed second overall.
Chico assists in pupil training and routinely lectures the Bar’s pupils on court practice and etiquette. He is a longstanding member of Group 21 transformation committee and the introducer and draftsperson of its assistance fund policy to aid and support the practice development of previously disadvantaged members. Chico also guest lectures law students at the University of Johannesburg and lectures the Group 21 junior members on practice sustainability and tax related matters. He is a contributor to the South African Medical Chronicle publication, where he writes on legal matters.
Chico is married to Hanna. They have four children.
Some of the more prominent and reported cases in which he has appeared include:
BMW FINANCIAL SERVICES (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD V HARDING AND ANOTHER 2007 JDR 0497 (C)
HANSA SILVER (PTY) LTD AND OTHERS v OBIFON (PTY) LTD T/A THE HIGH STREET AUCTION CO 2015 (4) SA 17 (SCA)
HERR V INNOMET PROJECTS (PTY) LIMITED 2016 JDR 0979 (SCA)
HOUGH V BMW FINANCIAL SERVICES (SA) (PTY) LTD 2007 JDR 1294 (C)
POCOCK v DE OLIVIERA AND OTHERS 2007 (2) SA 90 (W)
POCOCK v DE OLIVIERA AND OTHERS 2010 (1) SA 514 (W)
WHOLESALE HOUSING SUPPLIES (PTY) LTD V CELESTE BRAMLEY AND ANOTHER 2008 ZAGPHC 283
Areas of Practice
General commercial litigation (including insolvency, insurance and arbitration)
B.Com (Law), LLB and LLM (cum laude)
English and Afrikaans