dispute resolution

Complex working relationships among individuals, companies and other organisations means that disagreements are inevitable. This is particularly true when people from diverse cultures work together in a competitive marketplace. Thus the risk that cross-border business activities will result in disputes giving rise to litigation or arbitration in unfamiliar jurisdictions is real.

We are proud to be regarded as one of the pre-eminent dispute resolution teams in Africa. Our services include litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. In addition, the size of our team means that we are able to offer a high degree of specialisation across a variety of areas.

According to the Legal 500 (2015), we have “a wealth of experience ranging from high-profile cross-border disputes to major business rescue cases”; show “business acumen” and “industry knowledge”; and have “extensive experience representing public sector bodies and parastatals".

We are proactive in resolving disputes in the best interest of our clients, emphasising the need to be efficient and expedient in the chosen course of action.

We are well-placed to offer clients outstanding legal advice and provide professional and efficient legal service, whether in a court room, arbitration, tribunal hearing or other dispute resolution forum.

Our commercial litigation specialists analyse disputes to identify creative solutions. If formal litigation is ultimately unavoidable, our approach is to try to resolve disputes in the most cost-effective way possible.

Arbitration is a common method of dispute resolution in Africa. International arbitration is favoured by many foreign investors in Africa and domestic arbitration is also common place in the employment, construction and engineering sectors. A number of our lawyers are members of the Association of Arbitrators and have experience in both domestic and international arbitrations.

Our clients include large national clients in African jurisdictions where we have representation as well as multinationals and international law firms acting on their behalf. 

Specialist Services

  • Commercial disputes including contractual issues, international trade matters, employee benefits, pensions and medical aid, and competition/ anti-trust issues
  • Litigation
  • Arbitration - international and domestic
  • Alternative dispute resolution including mediation
  • Administrative, public law and regulatory matters as well as constitutional advice and litigation
  • Bankruptcy, insolvency, restructuring and corporate recovery
  • Corporate risk including forensic and white collar crime, fraud prevention and training
  • Tax litigation
  • Specialist sector experience in construction, information technology, insurance and banking, maritime and transport, real estate


In association with Bowman Gilfillan Africa GroupMember of Lex MundiMember of Employment Law Alliance