Labour Law

The firm is a leading South African labour law firm and counts amongst its directors and professional staff some of South Africa’s foremost labour lawyers.

We have played a pioneering role in shaping and developing the South African labour regulatory environment over the last three decades. Over this time our lawyers have advised on key legislative reform processes including the overhaul of the South African labour legislative framework in 1994, and the 2002 amendments to the Labour Relations Act and Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

Current and former directors and lawyers of the firm have and continue to serve as judges of the Labour Courts and contribute widely to labour law literature in both South Africa and abroad.

Our clients include trade unions; national, provincial and local government departments; bargaining councils; NGOs; statutory bodies; specialist government agencies; small business enterprises and multinational corporations.

The firm offers a national and international labour law service with specialist labour lawyers operating from both our offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Our specialist services include advice and litigation in relation to the following:

  • all aspects of unfair dismissal
  • retrenchments
  • unfair labour practices
  • collective bargaining and industrial action
  • organisational rights
  • contracts of employment
  • basic conditions of employment
  • grievance procedures and disciplinary processes (including representation and presiding functions in disciplinary hearings)
  • employment equity and affirmative action
  • skills development
  • occupational health and safety
  • insolvency and business rescue from an employment law perspective
  • alternate dispute resolution
  • employee benefits

Through our specialised expertise, we have successfully litigated in several precedent setting cases over the years, many of which continue to serve as the leading authorities on specific labour related topics.

The firm is also ranked by both Chambers & Partners Global and Legal 500 for its expertise in labour and employment law.