Adela Petersen

Phone: +27 21 405 7337
Mobile: +27 71 624 1598
Cape Town


Adela Peterson is a seasoned attorney with expertise in a broad spectrum of legal disciplines pivotal to both the public and private sectors. Since her admission in 1999, she has developed a specialised focus in local government, administrative, and constitutional law, along with a rich background in employment law. Her practical and advisory capabilities extend across various critical areas, including:

  • Administrative and constitutional law
  • Procurement and supply chain management
  • Employment and labour law
  • Environmental law
  • Urban planning and housing
  • Forensic investigations
  • Legislative drafting (By-laws and Policies)
  • Property management advisories
  • Contractual reviews and drafting
  • General professional advisory services
  • Construction law

Adela’s client portfolio is diverse, representing municipalities, higher education institutions, and organs of state across multiple sectors such as biodiversity, the perishable products industry, the petroleum industry, and the gambling industry.

In her role as Managing Director at Fairbridges Wertheim Becker, Adela’s leadership is guided by a philosophy of integrity, accountability, and unwavering commitment to excellence. Her recognition as a TerraLex Trailblazer in 2024 highlights her exceptional contributions to legal practice and her role in fostering growth and resilience among women in the legal profession.



  • BA (University of Cape Town) (1993)
  • LLB (University of Cape Town) (1996)

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Institute of Commercial Forensic Practitioners