Julia Penn


Cape Town


  • Acting for a private hospital group defending medico-legal claims, conducting risk assessments, investigating and representing professionals at inquests, representing hospital staff against complaints,
  • Advising both health care professionals and others on the running of their practices from both an ethical and legal corporate governance perspective, including advice on building websites and preparing indemnity clauses
  • Drafting indemnity clauses and contracts for events and businesses
  • Representing companies in the healthcare and food and beverage sectors in respect of trademark infringement and licensing disputes
  • Assisting franchisors in franchise disputes, including trademark infringements and advising on the drafting of franchise agreements
  • Representing pharmaceutical distributors in professional negligence claims
  • Representing local municipalities in personal injury claims and risk assessments
  • Representing local municipalities in land use, evictions, housing issues and policy drafting



Career Overview

  • Julia has experience and specialises in all spheres of medical and health law.
  • Her practice includes medical law and malpractice, professional indemnity, insurance and personal injury litigation as well as corporate governance and regulatory compliance of health professional’s practices, marketing and advice on other commercial aspects.
  • She has represented major hospital groups in inquest proceedings; defended medical professionals and hospitals in civil claims and represented medical professionals in complaints by their regulatory and governing bodies.
  • Stemming from her work in the Medical and Health sectors, Julia also specialises in assisting a range of professionals with advice on corporate governance in respect of running their practices and businesses, marketing and advertising, indemnities and ensuring overall legal and ethical compliance with relevant legislation and professional bodies.
  • Julia provides advice of this nature to a range of individuals and companies, from health care practitioners to beauty therapists, chefs, sports events and even wildlife tour guides.
  • Her expertise also extends to advising insurance companies on policy response, interpretation and wording.


  • BA (English Literature & Law) (University of Cape Town) (2005)
  • LLB (University of Cape Town) (2007)
  • Certificate in Medical Law (University of Pretoria)(2010)
  • LLM Masters in Medical Law and Ethics (Distinction) (University of Edinburgh) (2013)


  • Articles completed at Fairbridges (2008 – 2009)
  • Admitted as an Attorney (February 2010)
  • Associate at Fairbridges (2010 – 2014)
  • Senior Associate at Fairbridges Wertheim Becker (March 2014 – 2016)
  • Director at Fairbridges Wertheim Becker (March 2016)