Profile »MsBernadette Furnell

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Title Ms
First Name Bernadette     Send Email
Surname Furnell
Gender Female
HPCSA Reg No PS0104701
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Membership Profile

Membership TypeMember with Registration as a Medico-Legal Practitioner
Date Joined2014-03-17
Available as an Expert Witness?Yes
Available as a Medico Legal Attorney?No
Available as an Medico Legal Advocate?No
Profile VisibilityPublic

Samla Verified Medical Mediator

Samla Verified Medical Mediator?No
Health Sector Commercial Mediator?No
Technical Medico-Legal Mediator (Personal Injury)?No
Technical Medico-Legal Mediator (Clinical Negligence)?No
Name of institution/s in which I was trained in mediation.
Name of authority that has (authorities that have) accredited me as a mediator.
I would like to be invited to observe Medical MediationsNo
I am willing to provide my services free of charge for pilot projectsNo
My normal fees for mediation services per hour R0.00
My normal fees for mediation services per day R0.00

Contact Details

Cellphone Number (083) 580 7454

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Work / Business Info

Work Tel No 0215533327
Work Address95 Sea Hare Circle
Atlantic Beach, Melkbosstrand
City/TownCape Town
ProvinceWestern Cape


Highest Education LevelMComm Industrial Psychology (Master's Degree)
Highest Education LevelBA LLB (Master's Degree)
Highest Education LevelBA LLB(Qualification Type Unknown)


  • Industrial Psychologist
  • Attorney

Additional Info ...

Fields of InterestLoss of income assessments, employability.
Short CV  



Education / Qualifications

Stellenbosch University (2006 - 2008)

MComm (Industrial Psychology) cum laude


UNISA (2005 - 2006)

Hons BA (Industrial Psychology) cum laude


University of Cape Town (1990 - 1994)

BA LLB –  Dean’s Merit List


Professional Registration / Membership

HPCSA (PS  0104701)

SIOPSA (S 13552007)


Legal Practice Council

(non-practicing roll)


Contact details


95 Sea Hare Circle

Atlantic Beach


Cape Town 7441

South Africa



+27 21 553 3327

+27 83 580 7454









Skills / Medico-Legal Expertise

  • Investigative & Research Driven
  • Analytical & Critical Thinking
  • Rigorous Evaluation of Evidence
  • Excellent Communication Skills(written and verbal)
  • Languages: English and Afrikaans
  • Meticulous Attention to Detail
  • Objectivity
  • Sensitivity & Empathy
  • Knowledge of Delictual Law
  • 14 years’ Experience
  • (Medico-Legal Expert)
  • 24 years’ Experience
  • (Law and Psychology)
  • Compiled 600+ reports
  • Negotiation of Joint Minutes
  • Involved in High-Value Quantum Cases
  • Courtroom Experience
  • Well-Regarded Expert















Bernadette  Furnell    
Industrial Psychologist & Medico-Legal Expert

Professional Profile

  • Experienced Medico-legal Expert and Director of Furnell & Associates, an Industrial Psychology consultancy firm focusing largely on loss of income claims.
  • Qualified Attorney and Industrial Psychologist with extensive experience in the assessment, investigation and reporting of personal injury cases involving: clinical/ medical negligence, road traffic accidents (Road Accident Fund), train accidents, public liability claims and resultant loss of support claims.
  • Worked with both Plaintiffs and Defendants.  Developed a unique understanding of the complexities of medico-legal work, the value of collecting credible evidence and the ethical standards and guidelines that guide this field of practice.
  • Established in the medico-legal field as an independent and objective expert witness who has gained considerable High Court experience and is highly regarded in her field of expertise.
  • Corporate consulting (ad hoc): Organisational development and human resource initiatives within large multi-national companies.




Work Experience


Furnell & Associates (Pty) Ltd (formerly Atkins & Furnell)               

 Director – Industrial Psychologist & Expert Witness                                                                

Medico-legal assessments (personal injury, loss of income).                             


UNISA & Varsity College      

Part-time lecturer/tutor (whilst studying)                                                         Roman-Dutch and Family Law & Industrial Psychology.

September 2002–July 2003

Equillore Dispute Settlement Solutions (formerly The Arbitration Forum)  Branch Manager – Cape Town & Bellville offices.     





Work Experience - continued


February 2002–July 2002 (short contract)

Kruger & Co Attorneys                                                                                         Attorney – Settlement and litigation of personal injury claims.                                                        


January 2000–January 2002

Equillore Dispute Settlement Solutions (formerly The Arbitration Forum)  Regional Sales & Marketing Manager – Western Cape.                                                     


January 1997 –December 1999

Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes Attorneys                                                 Attorney – General litigation (contractual and lease disputes, personal injury claims and family law disputes).                                                                                                                                                                        




Dr David Bass

Head of Medico-Legal Unit

WC Department of Health (retired)

Cell: 082 550 2612


Suzette van der Merwe – Attorney & Director

Mac Robert Attorneys - Cape Town

Cell: 083 561 7501


Deborah Atkins – Industrial Psychologist

Deborah Atkins & Associates

Cell: 082 453 9105


Wahida Parker – Managing Director

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

Former CEO of Equillore

Cell:  082 872 4803


Further references are available upon request.

Refer to website for more insights into my business.

Date: September 2021

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