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Global Guide 2022
South Africa Employment
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8 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by ENSafrica

ENSafrica houses the largest and most experienced of the leading employment teams in Africa and is renowned for its involvement in high-level matters throughout the continent.

Our key differentiator is our leveraged approach to teamwork, which sees all our team members – from senior executives to candidate attorneys – working together on matters. This means that you benefit from the best possible service, at the best possible rates.

Our dedicated employment team advises African and international companies in all major industries on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment law, as well as pension and employee benefits, such as the employment of expatriates, global mobility and cross-border matters. We also advise on all aspects of collective labour law, including dealing with trade unions, organisational rights issues, and industrial action.

We are well known for our expertise in transfers of business, restructuring, retrenchments, outsourcing, executive terminations, collective bargaining disputes and discrimination law, and we are the recognised industry leader in employment-related insolvency, liquidation, distress and business rescue matters.

We also have a strong litigation and restraint of trade work reputation, with our own internal counsel and most practitioners appearing personally in litigation matters rather than using external counsel.

Chambers Review

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Employment - South Africa
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What the team is known for

With one of the largest employment teams in South Africa, ENSafrica has experience across a plethora of employment issues, including industrial action, lockouts and employee misconduct. The firm is additionally noted for its expertise in employment issues stemming from corporate restructuring, as well as executive terminations and unfair discrimination cases. The team has notable experience handling issues relating to the outsourcing of labour, including Section 197 regarding automatic employee transfer. The firm's dispute resolution practice is also highly respected and has significant expertise in employment disputes. Its enviable roster of clients includes major South African and international companies, with particular activity in mining, infrastructure and telecoms. ENS remains actively involved advising clients on the employment repercussions emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Work Highlights

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  • A team led by Pareen Rogers and Fritz Malan advised Comair on the employment aspects of its restructuring, including during its voluntary business rescue and subsequent purchase by an investment consortium.

Notable Practitioners

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Peter le Roux
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Peter le Roux
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Senior Statespeople

Peter le Roux is a revered lawyer who is valued for his decades of experience in the field. He continues to assist the firm's clients with issues relating to discriminatory wage gaps and restructuring, among others.
"He is the most amazing attorney and human being that you will come across, whatever highest accolade that could be bestowed on him I would support."

Brian Patterson
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Brian Patterson
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Band 1

Head of employment Brian Patterson is sought out by high-profile South African corporates for his counsel on the employment consequences of business rescue proceedings and large-scale business restructurings. He also provides accomplished advice on employment disputes.
"Brian Patterson has a hugely impressive employment practice." "He is a seasoned and well-respected practitioner."

Fritz Malan
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Fritz Malan
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Band 2

Fritz Malan is well versed in labour relations, including collective bargaining and disputes, representing significant energy and telecoms companies, among others. He also stands out for his work relating to corporate restructuring.
"He is one of the most impressive lawyers I have dealt with. I liked his ability to keep things simple but authentic." "I found Fritz Malan to be very knowledgeable and engaging."

Dion Masher
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Dion Masher
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Band 2

Dion Masher has developed a prominent name for himself as an employment litigator. He acts for a number of blue-chip South African clients on wage freezing, discrimination and labour disputes.
"Dion Masher is an exceptional attorney; he is hugely experienced in the management of industrial relations, business transfers and restructuring and all forms of individual labour law." "He is a magnificent employment lawyer and goes from strength to strength each year."

Joe Mothibi
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Joe Mothibi
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Band 2

Joe Mothibi is a highly regarded lawyer with a wide-ranging employment law practice covering both advisory and contentious mandates. He possesses deep experience of employee and executive termination, as well as advising on the employment aspects of restructuring transactions.
"Joe Mothibi has vast experience in his field and is very thorough with his work."

Ross Alcock
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Ross Alcock
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Band 3

Ross Alcock maintains a notable employment practice, offering particular expertise advising on retrenchment and the employment considerations of corporate transactions and restructurings. He is also well positioned to advise on outsourcing matters.
"I rate Ross Alcock extremely highly. I can call him on an ad hoc basis, set out my problem for him to consider, and get great real-time feedback that I can act on."

Stuart Harrison
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Stuart Harrison
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Band 3

Stuart Harrison is an accomplished lawyer with an extensive labour and employment law practice. He offers clients holistic advice on wage disparity issues, executive termination and discrimination cases, as well as employee benefits and labour relations.
"Stuart Harrison is a very seasoned practitioner; he's a very experienced and well-respected guy."

Muzi Khoza
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Muzi Khoza
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Up and Coming

Johannesburg-based Muzi Khoza assists both public and private sector clients with a range of labour law issues, including high-level disciplinary action, litigation and workforce restructuring.
"He is a really outstanding adviser and goes above and beyond for his clients." "Muzi Khoza has a magnificent work ethic and is an extremely collegial attorney."

Ranked Lawyers at
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Peter le Roux
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Peter le Roux
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Senior Statespeople
Brian Patterson
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Brian Patterson
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Band 1
Dion Masher
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Dion Masher
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Band 2
Fritz Malan
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Fritz Malan
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Band 2
Joe Mothibi
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Joe Mothibi
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Band 2
Ross Alcock
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Ross Alcock
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Band 3
Stuart Harrison
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Stuart Harrison
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Band 3
Muzi Khoza
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Muzi Khoza
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Up and Coming

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