Shamima Gaibie heads the Labour Law department at Cheadle Thompson & Haysom and specialises in employment law, pension law, commercial law, constitutional law and public sector law.
Shamima has extensive experience representing employees, trade unions, bargaining councils, pension funds, the National Economic, Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) and other public bodies, government departments and employers in numerous significant matters.
Shamima has litigated in all courts, including the Labour Appeal Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court. She also represented COSATU in the precedent-setting Constitutional Court case of Sidumo & COSATU v Rustenburg Platinum Mines Ltd.
She has also advised a wide range of international and local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on regulatory, employment and commercial matters.
Shamima has served as an acting judge in both the Labour Court and the High Court. She lectures in the Labour Law Masters programme at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand.
Shamima has authored numerous legal articles in various texts and journals, and has addressed many conferences on legal matters. She is a regular presenter at the Annual Labour Law Conference and the LexisNexis Current Labour Law Seminars.
Shamima is currently the National President of the South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW).