Louis Rood


Cape Town


  • Apart from general commercial and contract disputes, Louis has extensive experience in trade mark and intellectual property litigation, land use planning, insurance law, damages claims, defamation, water law, fire claims and the law of nuisance.
  • Louis has written and had published over 50 articles in law journals and other media.



Career Overview

  • Louis has over 40 years litigation experience in the Magistrates Court, High Court, Supreme Court of Appeal, other courts such as the Water Court, tribunals such as the Advertising Standards Authority and arbitrations.
  • More than 15 of his cases appear in the South African Law Reports.


  • BA LLB (University of Cape Town) (1972)


  • Admitted as an Attorney (1975)
  • Director of Fairbridges (1981)
  • Chairman of Fairbridges (2005 – 2015)
  • Consultant at Fairbridges (2016)
  • Director of the international network of independent law firms TerraLex (2003 – 2015) serving as its Senior Vice-Chair, Regional Vice-Chair for Africa & Middle East, Chair of its Nominating Committee, Chair of its Special Committee on Corporate Governance, and a member of its Remuneration Committee, Meetings Committee and Executive Committee.
  • Cape Law Society presented Louis with an Award for a Lifetime Contribution to the Profession (2012)
  • The National Heritage Council also presented him with a Golden Shield Award as South Africa’s Heritage Ambassador (2013)
  • TerraLex International Lawyer of the Year Award (2013)
  • Currently a Director Emeritus of TerraLex.