Cathleen Breedt is a practicing attorney with right of appearance in the High Court.
She specializes in the following fields:
- civil litigation,
- contractual drafting and disputes,
- corporate and commercial law,
- debt collection,
- debt prevention, and
- matters involving the National Credit Act
Cathleen attained her Law Degree (LLB) from the University of Johannesburg in 2009. She commenced service of Articles of Clerkship in 2010 and was admitted as an Attorney in June 2012.
On 15 February 2013, Cathleen was admitted to appear in the High Court by virtue of the Right of Appearance Act 62 of 1995.
Cathleen Breedt joined the Vermeulen Attorneys team in August of 2018 and currently serves as director of the firm.
Cathleen is passionate about assisting businesses in navigating the legal landscape with as little possible interference to their operations and has used her experience as debt collection attorney in formulation of methods in which companies may prevent bad debt rather than just focusing on the collection thereof. She is passionate about using her experience to assist especially small businesses in becoming as feasible and streamlined as possible having regard to the legalities and legal issues it may encounter. When litigation does arise, her experience in this area gives her the edge in driving matters to conclusion in the swiftest possible manner.
A further passion of Cathleen is the National Credit Act and the intricate workings thereof.
Years in active practice
Area of Operations
Corporate law, Contract Law, Collections, Litigation
LLB Degree – University of Johannesburg
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Toxicity in the workplace – are you experiencing this?
A toxic or hostile work environment is not simply left at the door but may seep into every aspect of your life and influence not only your mental health and stability but may and most likely will cause problems with your physical health and even your relationships outside of work.
Section 10 of the South African Bill of Rights as contained in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa states:
“Everyone has inherent dignity and the right to have their dignity respected and protected”
The infringement of ones right to dignity and respect can take various forms including harassment, bullying and passive-aggressive behaviour.
If you have been forced to make arrangements with your clients and have them pay off an account instead of settling it once off, get an acknowledgement of debt. This serves as a contract and will have all the payment terms in. Interest rates, payment amount, pay date, banking details, terms for when they default, etc.
In simple terms, credit is considered to be reckless if it is clear from the outset that the Consumer will not be able to afford the repayments, or if no affordability test was done at all.
In our case study (below), the affordability test was indeed done, but it was clear that she would not be able to afford the repayments. It, therefore, seems that the credit was granted recklessly.
I Have Received A Summons – What Does This Mean?
Having a Sheriff serve a Summons on you could often be a very scary thing! This is especially true if you know nothing about a Summons and what to do with it. In this article, Kaylee Tree discuss a few important points to remember once you have received a Summons. #Summons #DebtCollection #LetUsHelpYou #StayCalm
Before You Say, “I Do”, Read This
Most people who have a traditional wedding and a normal wedding, are never sure when they actually need to conclude the Ante-nuptial Contract, if they choose this route. In this article, Elsabe Sentle discusses what a traditional marriage is, as well when the right time to conclude an Ante-nuptial contract is in such an instance.
SURETY – A LIFE LONG SENTENCE?
Often people who sign as surety in a contract, end up with major financial headaches to deal with. In this article, Director Cathleen Breedt looks at all the important things to know about sureties, and also provides tips on how you can ensure surety does not enslave you. #Surety #ContractualFreedom #SouthAfricanLawOfContracts
Your child’s unwarranted fear, hostility, and lack of desire to have a relationship with you as their Parent could just be bigger than you thought! In this article, Monique van Rooy discusses Parental Alienation as a syndrome, and its recognition by the World Health Organization in May 2019. #ParentalAlienationSyndrome #PAS #Children #FamilyLaw
Online Applications for Protection Orders
One of the biggest downfalls in fighting gender-based violence is the court’s approach, or lack thereof, to this “second pandemic” known as gender-based violence. In this article, Leigh-Ann Loch discusses the possibility of the application for protection orders going online. Let’s hope government sees this proposal through! #EndTheSilence #VermeulenAttorneysStandsWithYou #VermeulenAttorneysAgainstDomesticViolence
Whilst the divorce process may prove to give you many headaches, surely the biggest headache of all is not being able to find your spouse to serve divorce papers on them. In this article, Director Chante Mouton discusses the procedure to be followed when you cannot find your spouse, and want to divorce them. #FamilyLaw #Divorce #SubstitutedService
Get Your Debtors To Settle Their Account! Here Are Some Tips From A Debt Collector.
A payment arrangement may be a good option when someone owes you money. However, there is nothing fun about having to hold your breath every month in the hope that they will adhere to the payment arrangement monthly and settle their account in total, at the end of it all. In this article, Kaylee Tree provides tips on how you can get your debtor to settle their account. #PaymentArrangements #PayBackTheMoney #DebtCollection