Petr started his career as a Customs and Excise Officer at SARS: Customs in 1996. He was deployed across a wide range of customs and excise positions and offices before being appointed as a Tax Lawyer / Legal Advisor in 2007 at SARS Head Office in Pretoria. During this time Petr was exposed to numerous matters relating to the entire scope of customs and excise.

Petr served his articles at the State Attorney in Pretoria in 2011, joined Shepstone & Wylie as an Associate in 2012 and was appointed as Partner in 2015. In 2016 he joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr as a Director.

  • Assist clients with Customs and Excise:
  • internal remedies and litigation
  • drafting and obtaining of tariff-, valuation- and origin determinations in various sectors from SARS
  • audits, notices of intentions to demand, letters of demand, detentions and seizures by SARS
  • legal advice and opinions
  • licensing / registration
  • high level audits verifying client compliance
  • refunds and other repayments
  • Specialises in Customs & Excise legislation including tariff, valuation, origin and other fields in customs & excise law
  • Almost 25 years’ experience in customs and excise and related environment
  • Management
  • During tenure at SARS:
  • Legal Advisor / Litigation
  • Risk analysis
  • Cargo examination
  • Checking and stops
  • Passenger Hall
  • Excise
  • Licensing and Registration
  • Projects


  • B Proc, University of South Africa
  • LLB, University of South Africa
  • Admitted as an Attorney: 2012
  • Customs courses up to law enforcement and checking course
  • Registered with the Legal Practice Council