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Webber Wentzel

Dispute Resolution

7 ranked lawyersBand 1South AfricaGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

One of South Africa's legal powerhouses, with a broad disputes practice that excels in commercial matters as well as constitutional and public law litigation. Examples of truly ground-breaking work include cases concerning transgender rights, government broadcasting and tax policy. Commercial work ranges across industries, including construction, media, healthcare, financial services and shipping, with a number of sector-specific investment fund clients. Cross-border work rounds off the firm's abilities, with considerable experience handling disputes touching on the African continent and further afield, including international arbitration.

Strengths

Sources laud the team as "top notch," adding that the group shows "effort, expertise, attention to detail and understanding of quite complex relationships."

Work highlights

Acted for the liquidators of Small and Medium Enterprises Bank of Namibia on various contentious matters related to a large-scale fraud conducted by certain members of the bank's senior management.

Notable practitioners

Dario Milo operates a practice focused on media and telecommunications and is considered by sources to be an "expert in his field." Interviewees further praise him as an "excellent litigation lawyer" who is "procedurally brilliant" with "great depth of knowledge." He handles cases relating to defamation and media freedom, among other issues.

David Scholtz has amassed a wealth of disputes experience over his many years of practice, which he continues to place at the disposal of the firm's clients. In addition to commercial litigation, he demonstrates considerable expertise concerning construction and insolvency disputes.

Kathryn Gawith is best recognised for her contentious work in the area of professional liability, with particular proficiency acting for auditors and insurers. She has notable experience acting on high-profile matters relating to insolvent companies and those under business rescue.

Nick Alp is credited by market commentators for his "major role in this space." He is notably recognised for his work on class action disputes, in addition to single-plaintiff litigation and arbitration. His broad practice encompasses corporate investigations and white-collar crime, as well as commercial disputes.

Stuart McCafferty is a longstanding figure in the country's disputes market with a notable reputation for his handling of litigation and arbitration suits, as well as class actions. Product liability is an area of particular strength, in addition to commercial and contractual disputes. He currently serves as a consultant.

Trevor Versfeld is exceptionally well regarded in the arbitration and litigation space. He acts for a range of high-profile clients in the banking, financial services and telecommunications sectors, among others. He is routinely engaged by international clients and on mandates involving international parties, with expertise spanning commercial and contractual issues, as well as those related to fraud allegations and insolvency.

Sources endorse Vlad Movshovich as a "very strategic litigator" who is "willing to listen" and has an "eye for detail." He has a broad disputes practice which sees him advocate in domestic and international arbitration proceedings on contractual and asset recovery disputes, among others.

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Overview

Our litigation and arbitration group specialises in complex, multi-jurisdictional, commercial, regulatory and constitutional disputes. They provide advice to national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and government entities. The group has considerable practical experience in advising on international law, including customary international law, international agreements (such as bilateral investment treaties), international trade, nonbinding international guidelines (such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinationals) and all aspects of investor-state arbitration. In addition, they regularly assist their clients in their dealings with governments, organs of state and public bodies, including in relation to public procurement. This includes providing advice on access to information, administrative decision-making processes and ensuring adherence to best practice and compliance with the Constitution as well as other legislation.

Contact: Trevor Versfeld, Partner ([email protected])

Dispute Resolution

Webber Wentzel

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Location

90 Rivonia Road, Sandton

PO Box 61771, Marshalltown, 2107

Johannesburg

Gauteng

South Africa

2196

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South Africa

Dispute Resolution


David Scholtz
Senior Statespeople
Kathryn Gawith
Band 3
Stuart McCafferty
Senior Statespeople
Trevor Versfeld
Band 1

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