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Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Employment

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What the team is known for

Well-respected department with expertise in corporate restructuring, executive dismissals and anti-corruption matters. Acts for an enviable roster of public sector clients, as well as major corporate entities in the mining, utilities, manufacturing and financial services sectors, among others. Increasingly active in corporate investigations and collective labour bargaining, as well as anti-bribery and regulatory work, with an established practice covering workplace discrimination and employee conduct. Regularly involved in high-profile and ground-breaking employment cases in South Africa.

Strengths

Interviewees highlight the team's quality: "The firm is well resourced with professional people. They have strong expertise in the labour law field and have a very good success rate in litigation. They are responsive and actively involve the client in everything they do."

Work highlights

Acted for South African Broadcasting Corporation on an application to the Labour Court regarding irregular appointments made during the tenure of its previous CEO.

Notable practitioners

Head of the employment department Aadil Patel is lauded by interviewees as "commercially astute," and they add that he "balances advice on legal principles with offering risk-based, practicable solutions." He provides counsel to a number of high-profile clients on ongoing employment issues, restructurings and investigations, as well as advising on collective settlements.

Fiona Leppan is a seasoned practitioner with a focus on labour law issues. She is routinely engaged by employers to assist with collective bargaining and industrial action and has considerable experience appearing before the Labour Courts. She additionally advises on employment law matters such as disciplinary proceedings and dismissals.

Gillian Lumb acts for a range of high-profile domestic and international clients in the technology, financial services and banking industry sectors. Her practice focus covers unfair labour practices and dismissals, executive benefits, and issues concerning the classification of employees.

Hugo Pienaar operates a notable employment and labour law practice, with particular recognition for his advocacy before the Labour Courts and advice concerning collective action. He acts for broad range of South African corporates, including those from the manufacturing, broadcasting and pharmaceutical industries.

Imraan Mahomed is a well-regarded practitioner with experience covering a range of employment matters, and possessing an "excellent grasp of the law," according to sources. He provides counsel to his clients on labour relations, as well as executive dismissals and workplace investigations.

Michael Yeates continues to build his already notable reputation in the area of employee transfer and business restructuring, as well as workplace health and safety. Sources are impressed by his "very thorough" and "sound advice," and appreciate that he "makes himself available."

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Overview

Employment law has become increasingly complex with greater legislative intervention. Keeping abreast of changes in legislation is demanding and non-compliance with legal obligations can be costly in financial terms as well as having a negative impact on employee relations.

We act for clients of all sizes across a spectrum of industries. Our clients include local, national and international companies as well as all levels of government. Our team’s broad commercial insight and approach to developing a deep understanding of a client’s needs enables us to deliver pragmatic advice to support the client’s business objectives. We focus on delivering proactive solutions to the challenges our clients face in the management of their people resource. We advise clients on all contentious and non-contentious areas of employment law.

Our Employment team has extensive experience in wide-ranging employment issues relating to large-scale restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, redundancies, business transfers, pension benefits and international secondments. We advise on collective disputes, disciplinary hearings, employee benefits and incentives, occupational health and safety, and skills development. We also specialise in other contractual, common law and statutory employment related causes, such as restraints of trade and claims based on unlawful employer/employee behaviour.


Members

Patel, Aadil (Head of Department)

Jorge, Jose

Preston, Nicholas

Rapuleng, Thabang

Singh, Samiksha

Stansfield, Gavin

Yeates, Michael

Yeates, Michael

Employment

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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Location

Johannesburg Regional Office

1 Protea Place

Sandown

Sandton

Gauteng

South Africa

2196

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

South Africa

Employment


Aadil Patel
Band 2
Fiona Leppan
Band 2
Gillian Lumb
Band 3
Hugo Pienaar
Band 2
Imraan Mahomed
Band 2
Michael Yeates
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