Dispute Resolution: Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation
We offer a complete service in methods of dispute resolution. Our lawyers work together with clients to identify and execute the most advantageous business-oriented solutions, either by pursuing or defending arbitration or litigation proceedings, or through alternative methods, such as mediation. Our Dispute Resolution specialists are skilled in identifying the correct approach to disputes in order to influence outcomes more positively and manage risk most effectively.
Companies continually have to manage the risks inherent in doing business locally, nationally and internationally.
Our lawyers operate in many spheres including banking, industrial, tax, liquidation, insolvency, construction, product liability, media, aviation, insurance, forensic, contract, mining and minerals and environmental law.
Each lawyer has particular specialities and the work is distributed by the practice heads according to the capacity and areas of expertise of the lawyer concerned. Our lawyers have extensive experience in all aspects of dispute resolution and are in a position to deal with any issue, no matter how complex.
Some areas of specialisation include:
We act for a number of airlines, airport operators, suppliers to the airline industry and regulatory authorities, providing them with dispute resolution services both in respect of arbitration and litigation and with general advice in aviation matters.
- Construction and Engineering
We have been involved for many years in this very specialised area of legal practice, servicing our clients which include a number of the big names in construction and engineering in both South Africa and internationally. As a result, we have long-standing relationships with experts in these fields.
Contractual disputes arise daily throughout our economy and assisting our clients in the successful resolution of these disputes is an essential part of our skill set throughout the many specialities in which we practice.
In the course of acting for our substantial clients both in the banking sector and in other commercial sectors we have often dealt with forensic investigations in the context of corporate fraud, Anton Pillar type discovery procedures and increasingly with regard to computer-based data.
- Insolvency, Liquidation and Restructuring
Insolvency and liquidation are an inevitable part of commercial practice and we have considerable experience over many years in representing our clients in this sphere, particularly as creditors where our role is to ensure that our clients achieve the best result.
- Insurance Dispute Resolution
We deal with insurance dispute throughout the sector including Short-Term Insurance, Life Insurance and Pension Fund matters. We act for a number of insurance companies and large brokerages and we have a great deal of experience in managing insurance disputes across the spectrum from aviation disputes all the way through to professional indemnity claims.
- Professional Negligence
We have dealt with many disputes in the field of professional negligence both acting for the plaintiff and acting for the defendant and including matters where we act for professional indemnity insurers. These matters are invariably technical and our very experienced lawyers are well equipped to find the most appropriate dispute resolution process and to manage that process to a successful conclusion for our clients.
- Product Liability
Product liability claims are an inevitable thorn in the flesh of manufacturing industries. We have dealt with product liability claims on behalf of our major manufacturing clients over a long period of time and we have substantial experience in this field dealing with minor claims of individual consumers which can generally be successfully negotiated or appropriately discouraged to substantial claims which include the risk of adverse publicity.