Litigation and Arbitration

‘enlisted as counsel by a multitude of clients … drawing further respect for its involvement in international arbitration’ – Chambers and Partners, 2022

  • Overview


As on other continents, various methods of resolving conflicts are available to the parties to disputes in Africa. These include both litigation and alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation and arbitration.

We provide a professional and efficient legal service, whether in a court room, arbitration/ tribunal hearing or other dispute resolution forum.

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.

If formal litigation is ultimately unavoidable, our approach is to try to resolve disputes in the most cost-effective way possible. We have developed significant experience in commercial litigation.

As a result of the time that it takes to get to trial, as well as the appeal procedures involved, arbitration is regarded as a speedy and effective means of resolving disputes. 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, non-government entities, governments, state-owned entities and financial institutions.

Chambers and Partners, 2022

‘a well-regarded team and a rounded contentious practice’

‘enlisted as counsel by a multitude of clients for its advice on IP, tax and insolvency litigation matters, drawing further respect for its involvement in international arbitration’

‘leverages its African network to adeptly provide representation to clients on multi-jurisdictional matters’

‘long-standing experience in a broad spectrum of commercial disputes, with the team showing notable expertise in medical negligence claims, public procurement disputes, issues relating to the South African Revenue Service and construction disputes’

‘maintains excellent standing for its ADR practice, with notable experience in arbitrations across Africa’

‘excellent reach and high visibility in such cross-border disputes, which include matters in the natural resources sector’

Legal 500, 2021

Client feedback includes:

‘The team is multi-disciplinary in that each member brings in his/her specialty’

‘have a unique ability to work as a team while making in-house legal advisors an integral part of the team’

‘very firm in protecting the interests of the client, even where it risked their own popularity as a law firm’