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Lionel Trichardt

Principal and Owner at Lionel Trichardt Attorneys



Lionel Mark Trichardt matriculated from Bertram Secondary School with distinctions in History and Business Economics.  He obtained his LLB in 1996 and his B. Juris Degree in 1994 at Vista University, Port Elizabeth Campus.


Lionel also attended the School for Legal Practice in East London from January 1997 – June 1998.


Employment history

Lionel completed his candidacy at J.J. Yingwana and Associates in 1998 and was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court in June 1999.

Lionel briefly had his own firm and joined Du Preez, Potgieter and Trichardt form March 2001 to May 2011.In June 2011, Lionel restarted his own private practice.

Awards received

Certificates for outstanding performance in:

  • Magistrate’s court practice
  • Human rights practice
  • Labour dispute resolution
  • Insolvency

Skills portfolio

  • Leadership skills
  • Project leader of Vista Law Society
  • Involvement in Street Law Project
  • Conflict Resolution Course
  • Estate agents course
  • Served a three week internship with C.A. Friedlander Incorporated in Cape Town under the auspices of the Integrated Bar Project
  • Local Government: Forensic investigations, Labour and Civil litigation

Daunee Lee-Anne Simpson

Professional Assistant



Dauneé Lee-Anne Simpson attended the Aeroville Senior Secondary School and matriculated in 2005. She worked while studying towards her law degree.


Dauneé obtained her LLB Degree in 2012 from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). She joined the firm in 2013 as a Candidate Attorney and was admitted to the High Court as an attorney in 2016.



Employment History

Daunee worked for Y&T Furniture from 2004 until 2012 and fulfilled several administrative and financial duties.

Skills Portfolio

  • Administration Experience
  • Finance Management Experience
  • Drafting and exchange of pleadings and notices and drafting of affidavits;
  • Opposed and unopposed applications in both the commission conciliation, mediation and arbitration;
  • The drafting and taxation of Magistrates Court party and party and attorney and client bills of cost;
  • The drafting of various contracts, i.e. lease agreements, deed of sale, employment contracts;
  • Administration of deceased estates and the drafting of Liquidation and Distribution accounts;
  • General aspects of the administration, accounting procedures and planning in an Attorney's office;
  • General aspects relating to evictions in terms of the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from Unlawful Occupation of Land Act 19 of 1998.
  • The indexing and paginating of Court files;
  • Criminal Court : Magistrate and Regional Court litigation;
  • Maintenance Litigation

Lelani Smit (nee Gerber)

Professional Assistant



Lelani Smit completed her LLB through UNISA in 2014 and was admitted as attorney in 2016.


She completed her Practical Legal Training in 2015 and passed her Attorney’s Admission Examination in the same year.  She attended Framesby High School where she matriculated in 2006.


Lelani achieved a multitude of Distinctions in her UNISA LLB.

Employment History

Before joining Lionel Trichardt and Associates, Lelani was a Candidate Attorney at Francois Roux Attorneys from 2015-2016 and worked as an Office Assistant at Labuschagne Van Der Walt Attorneys for a few weeks.  Prior to her legal career, Lelani was a sales representative, office assistant and a product promoter.

Skills Portfolio

  • Leadership skills
  • UNISA Community/ Street Law Activist (Group Leader – 2012)
  • Problem-solving
  • Computer: End-user Applications
  • Analytical thinker
  • Administrative
  • Civil and Criminal Law
  • Academic Achievement
  • Practical legal training course of the LSSA - Achiever Certificates:
  • Attorneys Bookkeeping
  • Criminal Court Practice
  • Professional legal ethics
  • Labour Dispute resolution
  • Legal Cost

Vuyani Kevin Zwide

Candidate Attorney



Vuyani matriculated from Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School in 2012 and completed his LLB degree at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in 2014.

Employment history


Vuyani worked as a call centre agent for the Foschini Group and also worked in a community law project for UWC between 2012 and 2014 until the programme ended. He is a Candidate Attorney at LTA and joined the firm in April 2017




Office and Administrative Personnel

Lionel Trichardt employs administrative staff in its Somerset East office.



Lynette Lombard (white)

  • Office Manageress and Personal Assistant to Lionel Trichardt
  • Litigation Typist

Sonja Basson (white)

  • Litigation / Recoveries



Jonneline Jonas (coloured)

  • Receptionist
  • Collection and Recovery Department



Ilona Trichardt& Vanesssa Mapaling (coloured)

  • Messengers and general office administration

Affirmative Action


Lionel Trichardt and Associates employs its staff along BEE and employment equity principles and to this end it has two coloured and one black member of its legal staff.



Daunee Simpson LLB (coloured) :

Professional Assistant

  • Consultations
  • Legal Research
  • Opinion Drafting
  • Court Appearances



Vuyani Kevin Zwide (Black): Professional Assistant

  • Consultations
  • Legal Research
  • Opinion Drafting
  • Court Appearances



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