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Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr remains at the forefront of major disputes, including in the energy, mining, infrastructure, telecoms and retail sectors. The firm represented ArcellorMittal in a damages action against MTN and Southern Sun relating to the removal and replacement of cellular phone masts at Vanderbijlpark. Other clients include 4 Africa Exchange, Eskom and Tsebo Solutions. Department head Tim Fletcher is β€˜commercial, level-headed and smart from a strategy perspective’; executive consultant Jonathan Witts-Hewinson is β€˜exceptional’ and β€˜his professionalism is unparalleled’; Rishaban Moodley, Eugene Bester and business rescue expert Julian Jones are also recommended. The β€˜very business focused’ Jonathan Ripley-Evans, who β€˜thinks outside the box,’ has joined Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP.

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has a formidable disputes team that is consistently engaged in headline cases, including class actions and public interest matters. It also impresses in investigations and anti-corruption with notable names AndrΓ© Vos and Marelise van der Westhuizen to the fore. β€˜Senior statesman’ Jeffrey Kron is recommended for mining sector disputes, including silicosis class actions, and Aslam Moosajee is noted for banking sector cases. Michael Hart has an outstanding reputation.

Webber Wentzel’s client list highlights its commitment to public interest litigation. It has impressed in freedom of speech disputes for media houses and is recognised for its expertise in regulated industries; it is especially strong in the financial services and telecoms sectors. Procurement-related cases are also a forte of a practice that continues to set the benchmark in the natural resources sector. The team is defending Anglo American against a class action by former goldmine workers alleging that they have contracted silicosis and/or silico-tuberculosis. The department provides a β€˜consistently outstanding’ service, β€˜sound’ advice and β€˜skilled drafting’. Stuart McCafferty, Trevor Versfeld and Nick Alp are three senior names, followed by Vlad Movshovich, who is β€˜smart’ and tenacious. Kathryn Gawith is recommended for audit-specific litigation and regulatory enquiries. Media and tax litigation specialist Dario Milo and Okyerebea Ampofo-Anti provide β€˜practical solutions’ and Moray Hathorn and Pooja Dela are β€˜thorough, tireless and fearless’.

Werksmans Attorneys remains at the forefront of big-ticket disputes, including regulatory, administrative and constitutional law cases. It has a notable record in broadcasting and telecoms, energy and healthcare, and continues to develop its standing in arbitration. The team represented the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa in review proceedings to set aside an award of a tender for the sale and acquisition of locomotives. The group is β€˜aligned to clients’ needs’, β€˜responsive’ and β€˜flexible’. Corlett Manaka leads the team, which includes the highly reputed Des Williams and β€˜hard-core litigator’ David Hertz. Neil Kirby is also recommended for healthcare cases.

Bowmans has a substantial practice, covering South African cases and disputes across Africa. In the largest class action brought in South Africa’s history, the team defended Transnet against around 60β€š000 pensioners who sought billions from two pension funds. Other clients range from listed and unlisted clients to financial institutions and parastatals. Tax disputes and business rescue cases have featured prominently for a team that provides the β€˜highest level of service’ through β€˜impeccable advice’ and β€˜business acumen’. Tim Gordon-Grant is β€˜a very strategic thinker’ and β€˜a very clever guy’; Miles Carter is β€˜a good communicator’, β€˜patient’ and β€˜clearly guides and listens’; Adam Anderson and Cape Town’s James McKinnell are both highly regarded; Perusha Pillay-Shaik is β€˜smart, reliable and entrepreneurial’; and Fahdia Bhayat is β€˜certainly one to watch’.

ENSafrica has excelled in public law and class actions. The firm is recognised for its mining sector work, including silicosis claims, and has a fine record in pension fund class actions and transfer pricing disputes. The team is β€˜friendly’, β€˜commercial’ and β€˜accurate’. John Zieff is a leader in administrative and constitutional law; Sue Hayes is β€˜a smart operator’ in mining sector cases; George van Niekerk is recommended for financial services regulatory matters; construction disputes specialist Armando Aguiar has β€˜excellent business acumen and industry knowledge’; Douglas Molepo is praised for litigation strategy; and Julia Ferraz-Cardoso is β€˜very competent’, β€˜pragmatic’ and a β€˜straight shooter’.

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg lost big name Gerhard Rudolph to Allen & Overy (South Africa) LLP in 2017, but maintains a solid team headed by the β€˜very competent’ Darryl Bernstein and key partner John Bell. The β€˜customer centric and cooperative’ team continues to be recognised for banking, insolvency, construction and technology sector disputes. Sonia de Vries has impressed in power station construction disputes. The firm has also experienced growth in multi-jurisdictional disputes and arbitration.

Clyde & Co LLP now operates a substantial dispute resolution team that primarily represents insurers in big-ticket and headline litigations. The team has acted for insurers in a series of major banking disputes and represented underwriter SHA in a damages claim brought by a British exchange student against Bishops’ Diocesan College relating to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle collision. DaniΓ«l Le Roux and Tony Hardie are outstanding practitioners.

Fasken has a strong focus on construction and administrative law cases, including those involving the review of government tenders. It has experienced growth in energy sector disputes and cases linked to the new mining charter. In construction disputes, the practice acts for a number of major contractors. The team is β€˜highly professional’, β€˜knowledgeable’ and β€˜delivers an excellent service’. Eric van den Berg is recommended for media disputes and Tania Siciliano has a β€˜depth of experience and knowledge of the law’. Nic Roodt, Simon Pratt and Rakhee Bhoora are also highly regarded.

Hogan Lovells (South Africa) has a real breadth of practice and frequent exposure to headline cases. Veronica Vurgarellis leads the team that represented Harmony Gold Mining in a class action brought by current and former mineworkers.

Knowles Husain Lindsay Inc has outstanding senior-level expertise, through Errol Knowles, Mohamed Junaid Husain and Ian Lindsay; the latter is recommended for banking disputes. The team is also recognised for commercial, real estate and constitutional law cases.

Fluxmans is noted for insolvency and business rescue cases with Colin Jeffrey Strime to the fore. The firm also has a solid record in commercial and mining litigation and arbitration. Jones Atunes is also recommended.

Glyn Marais continued to represent Irene Charnley, the ex-director of MTN, in a $4.2bn dispute and damages action brought by Turkcell, concerning the award of a GSM mobile licence in Iran. Riaan Du Plessis leads the department.

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