Karien Norval is the Finance Director of Cheadle Thompson & Haysom. She specialises in media, administrative and constitutional law. Karien advises a diverse range of clients that include newspapers, private individuals and trade unions on various aspects of media and communication law.
Karien has extensive litigation experience in media law with special focus on the law of defamation. She has represented various publications and high profile individuals in this respect. She also provides regular pre-publication advice to various media clients throughout the country.
Karien also advises clients on equality issues and its relevance under South African law, and has specialised expertise in Equality Court litigation under the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act.
She has also recently successfully represented the Bengwenyama-ya-Maswazi community in litigation that ended in the Constitutional Court concerning the awarding of mining rights.
Karien is ranked by Chambers & Partners Global for her expertise in media law.