Michael Bagraim | Consultant – BA LLB

Michael Bagraim is a graduate of Rhodes University where he earned his BA in Political Science and his LLB. He was admitted as an advocate in 1982 and as an attorney in 1986. He found his passion within the field of Labour Law and has been practising in that area exclusively since 1986. In this capacity he has become an acknowledged leader in this precarious field of the law. He has been the litigant on numerous ground-breaking legal disputes and lectures at various institutions on Workplace Management and Labour Legislation.

Michael opened Michael Bagraim & Associates in (date) as a niche group of attorneys offering specialist services in the field of Labour Law. As such, he has built up an impressive clientele and a reputation for being the ‘go to’ man on issues pertaining to Labour Law. He is the official legal advisor for the Trade Union Directory and is a former member of the Department of Trade and Industry Task Team that was responsible for assessing labour legislation and the development thereof.

He currently advises nationwide corporations on the restructuring and management of their labour forces.




Brandon Schiff | Partner LLB

Brandon matriculated from Herzlia High School in 2001 and thereafter attended the University Of Cape Town (UCT) to study the Four Year Undergraduate Programme in Law. During his university career, Brandon was actively involved in various student organisations including being the Chairman of the South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS UCT), the Treasurer of the Law Students Council and student representative on the Law Faculty Board.

He graduated from the School for Legal Practice in 2007 and thereafter completed his articles at Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes. Brandon was admitted as an attorney in 2008. In 2009, Brandon graduated from the University of the Free State with a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning.

He is currently one of the Labour Law Attorneys at Bagraims Attorneys.





Shafika Fakier | Personal Assistant / Junior Bookkeeper

Sharifa joined the Bagraims team in 1995 and took up the position of receptionist. Her duties expanded to include general secretarial work and in 2001 she completed an intensive Labour Law Course at the University of the Western Cape, which allowed her to assist the attorneys with the preparation of court documents as well as being able to advise clients herself.She currently hold the position of PA/Secretary and her attention to detail and pride in her work has made her an indispensable part of the Bagraim legal family. In 2005 she obtained her paralegal diploma from Intec College and has also completed a course in Pastel in 2006. Sharifa has now also been appointed as a Junior bookkeeper for Bagraims.



Umelda Elisma Antonie | Receptionist and Administration co-ordinator

Before moving into the legal fraternity, Umelda’s first love was nursing, where she worked first at the ACVV Zonnebloem Old Age Home and thereafter as a private nurse at Floreal Guest House. It was in 2000 that Umelda joined Bagraims as a Filing Clerk, whereafter she completed a Receptionist Skills Course.She currently holds the position of Receptionist and Administration Co-ordinator. She is also Bagraim’s First Aider. Umelda has enjoyed the growth she has achieved at Bagraims and hopes to move forward with the firm firmly behind her.