Employment and Benefits

‘has the capacity to handle multi-jurisdictional employment mandates’ – Chambers and Partners, 2022

  • Overview
  • Significant Matters


The drive by governments in Sub-Saharan Africa to stimulate employment, protect workers’ rights and address historical imbalances has produced a variety of distinct regulatory systems for employment in the region. This is made more complex by a strong culture of collective bargaining, and an overlap between labour and social issues, between strikes and social protest across the region.

We have been at the forefront of employment law in the region for many years.  We offer a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience in the fields of industrial relations, employment, employee benefits and pensions law in Africa that is hard to match.

According to Legal 500 we have, ‘a tremendous record in South Africa and East Africa, providing “excellent turnaround times”, “a professional service” and an “in-depth understanding” of clients’ businesses and subject matter’.

We keep our clients at the forefront of developments in employment laws, regularly contribute to employment law publications and provide training and present lectures in a variety of forums.

We deliver the following specialist employment law services across both the public and the private sectors in the African countries in which we operate.

Chambers and Partners, 2022

‘has the capacity to handle multi-jurisdictional employment mandates’

‘distinguished employment group with tried and tested expertise in both transactional and contentious mandates’

‘demonstrates prowess in significant employee transfers and redundancies, as well as handling ESOP structuring for both listed and non-listed companies’

‘well placed to handle terminations and claims, including wrongful dismissal, as well as advising on employee incentive programmes’

‘Recognised for its adept handling of employment issues arising from corporate restructuring’

‘possesses a strong employment disputes practice and is also recognised for its experience in industrial relations and collective bargaining’

Legal 500, 2021

Client feedback includes:

‘Very strong employment law team that complement each other’

‘understanding of our business and practical and pragmatic approach’

‘Availability, knowledge and going the extra mile’

Significant Matters