Karien Norval is an expert in media and communications law, and has extensive litigation experience. She has represented various publications, trade unions and high-profile individuals in precedent-setting defamation litigation in the High Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court. She also specialises in public-sector and NGO laws, constitutional and administrative law and has advised and litigated on behalf of clients in the Equality Court under the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act.
Karien is experienced in operations and project management due to her management role in the firm, and her management of the Land Rights Management Facility, established by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform to provide legal and mediation services to labour tenants, farm dwellers, communal property institutions, restitution claimants and other land reform beneficiaries in nine provinces.
She received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1982 and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1986, both from the University of Stellenbosch.
Karien is ranked by Chambers and Partners Global and by Best Lawyers, international ranking entities, for her expertise in media law in South Africa.