Client Centric

“About us” is a bit of a misnomer. Without clients there is no “us”. That is why at Whipping the Cat we place our clients at the centre of everything that we do. We use helpful lawyers, a flexible working environment and process management to streamline our operations. Our services are tailored to suit each client’s needs and are delivered in a way that is relevant to their business. This translates into accurate and affordable services for our clients.


Fixed Fees

We offer all our services at a fixed fee. We don’t charge by the hour or for disbursements like phone calls and photocopying. There are no hidden costs. This gives our clients price certainty. Clients who want a predictable legal budget can opt for our monthly retainer.


Our Name

In the 18th century, master tailors who had learned their skills at one of the high-end tailors situated along the fashion famous Savile Row in London, would often cut ties with the establishment and set up shop by themselves. They were mobile, embraced different types of clients and adapted to their varied tailoring needs. They provided a quality bespoke service to clients who either did not want the inconvenience of travelling to Savile Row or who could not afford the prices. At the time, it was said by the establishment that these tailors were off “Whipping the Cat”.

In a similar vein, now days there is an international trend away from traditional law firms (BigLaw) to companies that provide a quality, cost effective alternative. This movement has variously been referred to as “alternative law” NewLaw or NextLaw. We think Whipping the Cat sounds better!


Social Outreach

Many parents have experienced the trauma of trying to care for a young child while in hospital. Research and our staff’s personal experience confirms that children battling with illness heal faster and cope better when families are close by. The Ronald McDonald House Charity assists families with seriously ill children by providing them with some home comfort, facilities or a place to stay while their child undergoes hospital treatment. By providing RMHC with free legal support services, Whipping the Cat is lending a hand to this non-profit organisation and helping parents while their seriously ill children get the medical care they need.

Our Team

Graeme Wilson

Commercial law, franchising, marketing and sponsorship law

g.wilson@whippingthecat.com

Gail Schimmel

Marketing/advertising law, social media and media law
g.schimmel@whippingthecat.com

Abigail Reynolds

M&A, commercial transactions, corporate advisory
myadvisor@whippingthecat.com

Péru du Toit

Commercial law
p.dutoit@whippingthecat.com

Janey Belchers

Client relationship development 
j.belchers@whippingthecat.com

Ann Peacocke

Ann Peacocke

Team co-ordinator
a.peacocke@whippingthecat.com