Firm Profile > Norton Rose Fulbright > Johannesburg, South Africa

Norton Rose Fulbright
South Africa

South Africa > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright has a background in insurance litigation, though maintains a substantial team that operates across the dispute resolution space. Moreover it offers dispute resolution teams in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, while being able to tap into the firm's global network for cross-border cases. While remaining at the forefront of commercial litigation, it has achieved further prominence in investigations and anti-corruption, along with international arbitration. Jeffrey Kron is a seasoned litigator with a tremendous record in big-ticket disputes. Former firm South Africa CEO Donald Dinnie has returned to the firm from senior roles outside private practice, providing further firepower in the insurance segment. Tony Chappel is noted for construction and professional negligence disputes, and Andre Vos for investigations and anti-corruption matters.

Webber Wentzel significantly reinforced its insurance litigation credentials by hiring a four-partner team from Norton Rose Fulbright led by Maria Philippides. Moreover, it substantially bolstered its standing in business rescue and insolvency with the recruitment of Julian Jones from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. The firm continues to be at the forefront of headline cases, including class actions in the mining industry. It is making a further impression in business crimes and investigations, cyber-crime cases and international arbitration. Trevor Versfeld has fantastic record in big-ticket cases, as does Nick Alp, notably in class action cases. Vlad Movshovich is gaining considerable market recognition along with emerging talent Sarah McKenziePriyesh Daya leads the group and is noted for cross-border disputes. Stuart McCafferty retired from the partnership in February 2020 but remains a consultant to the firm; he remains close to key client MTN and continues to be strategically involved in a number of class action cases.

Practice head(s):

Brent Botha; Andrew Robins; Andrè Vos; Tony Chappel; Craig Woolley; David Kapelus; Murray Alexander; Malcolm Hartwell; Liesl Williams

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Members of Parakou Shipping Group

South African Marine Insurance Market : mv APL Austria

Seguradora Internacional de Mocambique, S.A.R.L (and other Insurers of mv Macuti)

Members of Yara Group

Airports Company South Africa SOC Limited

Deloitte Netherlands (DNL)

KPMG Botswana

Vedanta Resources Holdings Ltd.

MD Anderson Service Corporation

Rebosis Property Fund Limited

MEB Energy

Chubb Insurance South Africa Limited on behalf of its insured JSE listed private hospital group

Practice head(s):

Priyesh Daya


‘The practice is generally very responsive and attends to matters with the efficiency required by each circumstance. The practice is also excellent in handling matters with sensitivity when required and makes an effort to align with our requirements of work being completed at the right level with meaningful utilisation of junior lawyers.’

I find the team to be very proactive and willing to find solutions within the boundaries we have prescribed.’

‘Priyesh Daya is a very practical litigator with a keen focus on his clients’ operations.’

Key clients

Absa Bank

MTN Group

Anglo American

Cape Gate

Aquila Resources and Aquila Steel


Deloitte & Touché


Consol Glass

BCL Limited and BCL Investments

Palabora Copper

Gijima Holdings

SA Airlink / South African Airways


South Africa > Competition Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has maintained a solid competition practice with several prominent partners in the team. It has achieved further accolades for its work in price regulation and investigations, including the Forex inquiry. It represents a wide range of leading South African and multinational businesses, and has a fine record in cross-border antitrust matters across the continent. Marianne Wagener is noted for regulatory matters and investigations, Mark Griffiths for sub-Saharan Africa antitrust issues and Durban's Rosalind Lake has made a further impression in cartel investigations.

Practice head(s):

Marianne Wagener

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


Gas Users Group

Industrial Gas User Association South Africa

Unilever South Africa

Brookfield Asset Management

Canadian Solar UK Projects


Lagardere Sports

Phakwe Investment Group

ET Solutions


Cell C

Hollard Insurance Company of Namibia


South Africa > Construction Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's construction practice is strongly linked to its illustrious project finance practice, most notably in the renewable energy segment. Moreover, it has a flourishing contentious construction practice, including insurance and professional indemnity-related matters. The sizeable team is spread across its Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban offices. Tony Chappel leads the team and has an excellent record in construction disputes and professional indemnity claims. Gary Rademeyer is a leading front-end specialist with a fine record in renewable energy, gas-to-power, and oil and gas projects; his is also 'a formidable litigator'. Matthew Ash returned to the firm in 2019, adding further senior level expertise to the Cape Town office.

Practice head(s):

Tony Chappel

Other key lawyers:

Gary Rademeyer; Matthew Ash; Sentebale Makara


‘Tony Chappel brings level-headedness and extensive experience to any matter. He understands what clients require from any big dispute and has the insight to guide the matter through large-scale litigation or through a successful negotiated or mediated outcome.’

Key clients

The Energy Group

Ngodwana Energy

Harith General Partners

Juwi Renewable Energies

Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies

WSP Group Africa

South Africa > Employment Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc is active in both public and private sectors, notably prominent in the retail, fast-moving consumables, vehicle manufacturing and higher education sectors. Strong in contentious and non-contentious matters, the team is also growing force in cross-border engagements. Mohammed Chavoos is recommended for business restructurings, business transfers, outsourcing and retrenchments. Cape Town's Jason Whyte is noted for employment litigation and Durban-based department head Murray Alexander is rated for business restructurings, retrenchments and collective bargaining.

Practice head(s):

Murray Alexander

Other key lawyers:

Mohammed Chavoos; Jason Whyte; Brian Denny; Karen Ainslie; Verushka Reddy


‘Always very professional, but at the same time engagements with them are not too formal. They know our business very well and have a wealth of knowledge. Great updates and constant communication with the client while navigating through matters.’

‘They pulled all the stops to ensure that we get the best legal service in difficult and complicated cases.’

‘Mohammed Chavoos is a very skilled lawyer and has in-depth knowledge, applying labour law both at the legal and business level. He is able to coach, guide and lead business managers at a strategic level to critically execute with the right outcome.’

‘Verushka Reddy’s work is at the top level and very thorough. Communication with us is excellent. She is always just a call away and always able and willing to assist.’

‘Murray Alexander is excellent, hugely accommodating, very professional and is always able to find a solution.’

Key clients

TVision and S Child

Hillside Aluminium

National Brands

South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC)

South African Custodial Management Services (SACM)

Thales South Africa Systems

Pioneer Foods

Astron Energy

Tiger Brands

Libstar Operations

South Africa > Mining Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc is deeply aligned with the mining industry, having represented the Minerals Council South Africa, the trade body for the sector, for many years. It continues to be active in disputes connected to the Mining Charter and the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act. The firm is making a further impression in project finance, including green field mining projects. It has experienced additional growth in beneficiation of battery materials such as nickel, cobalt and graphite. ESG-related engagements are another forte for the team. Michael Dale continues to be a recognised leader in mining law, and Georg Kahle is a key figure in mining M&A and mining projects. André Vos and Jeffrey Kron are noted for mining sector disputes including judicial review and class actions.

Practice head(s):

Georg Kahle; Michael Dale

Other key lawyers:

Jackie Midlane; André Vos; Jeffrey Kron; Christina Pretorius


‘The Norton Rose team is highly knowledgeable in their area of expertise and extremely efficient in handling all required matters.’

‘The team is very passionate about the work they perform.’

‘Deep knowledge of mining, knowledge of our business and the required capacity to get large transactions done.’

‘Mike Dale is the industry leader in mining law.’

‘Jackie Midlane is an acknowledged industry leader in banking and finance-related matters.’

‘Christina Pretorius has a keen eye for detail and commerciality. Her advice is both practical and legally sound. She is always a reliable source for legal solutions to challenging problems.’

‘Christina Pretorius has exceptional insight into how to best apply contractual law in the business environment. Her legal acumen is crucial to our strategic business decisions.’

Key clients

Mimosa Resources

RFW Lonmin Investments

Thakadu Battery Materials

Minerals Council South Africa

Vedanta Resources

Dialstat Trading 115

Impala Platinum

Exxaro Resources

Sefateng Chrome Mine

AngloGold Ashanti

South Africa > Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has an outstanding record in project finance, particularly in South Africa's renewable energy programme. The global firm has a major emphasis on renewables. Banking and finance department head Jackie Midlane is a leader in project finance, while Greg Nott is another experienced figure in renewable energy, power, oil and gas, and infrastructure. Cape Town director Lizel Oberholzer  leads the firm's Africa energy practice and specialises in oil and gas projects.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Midlane

Other key lawyers:


‘Jackie Midlane is an excellent finance lawyer who was able to provide us with effective legal solutions to very complex finance and regulatory issues which arose consistently on this project. Her in-depth understanding of finance as well as construction law assisted us greatly on the many complex issues.’

‘Jackie Midlane is an excellent finance lawyer. This was greatly helpful to us on this project owing to the many complex finance issues which arose on this project.’

South Africa > Shipping and transport Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc is a market leader in maritime casualty matters. It has established connections to the marine insurance market and is unique in having a master mariner, Malcolm Hartwell, at director level and as head of the practice. The firm has continued to be at the forefront of casualties off South Africa. Mozambique and other sub-Saharan Africa jurisdictions. It is also prominent in port issues, including development projects, regulatory matters and disputes. Andrew Robinson is another experienced litigator with a strong emphasis on shipping and maritime cases.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Hartwell

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Robinson; Peter Lamb; Carol Holness; Yasmine Wilson


‘NRF have exceptional knowledge of all aspects of maritime law and regulations as well as the unique environment that exists in South African ports. They understand how the ports operate and how best to deal with all parties involved from a very practical standpoint so are able to offer real solutions and sound advice.’

‘They are used to dealing with the varied and unique challenges that the South African shipping environment presents so are good at thinking laterally and looking at a problem from all angles to provide the best advice.’

‘Andrew Robinson has a wealth of knowledge about all maritime matters and his intimate knowledge of the South African ports environment is extraordinary. His experience is invaluable.’

‘Andrew Robinson is very practical and sensible and will present you with all the options and information. He will offer advice as to what he believes is the course to be taken, but ultimately respects our decision and will make it work no matter what it is. He is also very well connected within the legal and maritime communities.’

Malcolm Hartwell is a skilled maritime attorney. His experience as a master mariner is incredibly valuable as he is able to offer insight into matters that may not be apparent to a maritime lawyer from a purely legal background. He is a great source of technical expertise.’

‘Carol Holness understands the complex framework that we operate in as an international oil company and how our internal processes work. Her advice is tailored to take account of these factors and she is able to draw on required inputs from the right part of our business, this adds real value to the support we receive.

Yasmine Wilson is young but is incredibly detailed oriented and organised and is an absolute pleasure to work with. She consistently delivers on time and always exceeds expectations.

Key clients

Members of Parakou Shipping Group

South African Marine Insurance Market : mv APL Austria

Seguradora Internacional de Mocambique

Members of Yara Group

Airports Company South Africa

Deloitte Netherlands

KPMG Botswana

Vedanta Resources

MD Anderson Service Corporation

Rebosis Property Fund

MEB Energy

Chubb Insurance South Africa

South Africa > Banking and finance Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc continues to operate at the forefront of project finance and acquisition finance. In this regard Jackie Midlane has an outstanding reputation. Much of the team's practice centres on the renewable energy and power sectors. Former head of the Africa finance practice Steven Gamble has joined Covington & Burling LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Midlane

Other key lawyers:

Malibuye Cossie

South Africa > Investment funds Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc remains noted for South Africa-based hedge funds, infrastructure and energy funds. Key partner Shawn Barnett has deep and extensive experience in the funds sector, including collective investment schemes.

Practice head(s):

Shawn Barnett

South Africa > Real estate Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc's real estate team remains at the heart of South Africa's renewable energy programme. It represents lenders, sponsors and developers in the roll-out of multiple projects, while also having a pivotal role in social housing programmes and other infrastructure projects. The disposal and unbundling of assets in the mining sector has also featured prominently for the department. The firm has also maintained prominence in lending to real estate developers and investors, along with asset disposals and acquisitions. Pieter Niehaus leads the sizeable team.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Niehaus

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Tatham; Carina van Vuuren; Mieke Janse van Rensburg; Elizabeth McCaul

Key clients

Absa Bank


Standard Bank of South Africa

FirstRand Bank (acting through its Rand Merchant Bank division)

RFW Lonmin Investments

QCP1 Investments

Oneeighty Asset Management Two

United States International Development Finance

Federal-Mogul Motorparts (part of the Tenneco Group)

BMW Group


Nedbank (including Nedbank CIB and Nedbank Capital)

Aveng Africa

Rabie Property Group

Investec Private Bank

Exxaro Resources

JP Morgan Chase

South Africa > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright has cemented its position in the market, following  changes in the team's leadership in 2019. Stephen Kennedy-Good has impressed the market, following his elevation to department head. The group has continued to be prominent in the mining and resources, renewable energy and financial institutions segments. It is also increasingly active in cross-border deals in sub-Saharan Africa. Transactions by private equity funds and other financial sponsors is another forte for the team. Georg Kahle is a key figure for mining M&A.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Kennedy-Good

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Investec Bank

Absa Bank

Glencore Operations South Africa

Barclays Bank

FirstRand Bank

Exxaro Resources

Mimosa Resources

Thakadu Battery Materials

SBV Services

Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa

Tonnjes C.A.R.D International

Thebe Investment Corporation

African Development Bank

Bank of Industry Nigeria

Development Finance Institute Canada

Stichting Fondsbeheer DGGF MKB

Everest Flexibles

PSP Capital

Barrick Gold Corporation


Thebe Renewable Energy Holdings

Astron Energy



South Africa > Tax Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has a significant focus on the taxation of foreign currency instruments and financial instruments. It has a particular niche in representing large multinational underwriters on the tax aspects of warranty and indemnity insurance. It has also experienced growth in tax disputes representing both clients and SARS. Dale Cridlan is an experienced figure in transactions, advisory and disputes matters.

Practice head(s):

Dale Cridlan


‘Quick and responsive advice that focuses on the issue at hand.’

The team is very passionate about the work they perform.’

‘Dale Cridlan is on point with his crisp and considered advice.’


Key clients

McKinsey & Company

Molson Coors

The firm: Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4000 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Areas of practice: Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see

Offices: We have offices in the world’s most important business, financial and regulatory centres and are active in strategically important growth markets. Our offices are located in Amsterdam, Athens, Austin, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Durban, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia), Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Minneapolis, Monaco, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Port Moresby, Québec, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm), San Antonio, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, St Louis, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw and Washington, DC. In Africa, we have alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe

Number of partners (worldwide): 1,000+
Number of other fee-earners (worldwide): 2,000+
Total staff: 7,500+

Global key contacts
Financial institutions: James Bateson
Energy: Anne Lapierre and John Mauel
Infrastructure, mining and commodities: Nick Merritt
Transport: Harry Theochari
Technology: Nick Abrahams
Life sciences and healthcare: Stacey Martinez and Randy Sutton

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial institutions Steve Chemaly
Financial institutions Maria Philippides
Energy Jackie Midlane
Infrastructure, mining and commodities Georg Kahle
Infrastructure, mining and commodities Lilian Githinguri
Infrastructure, mining and commodities Keith Mukami
Transport Andrew Robinson
Technology Rohan Isaacs
Life sciences and healthcare Marianne Wagener
Other offices : Amsterdam
Other offices : Athens
Other offices : Austin
Other offices : Bahrain
Other offices : Bangkok
Other offices : Beijing
Other offices : Bogotá
Other offices : Brisbane
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Calgary
Other offices : Canberra
Other offices : Cape Town
Other offices : Caracas
Other offices : Casablanca
Other offices : Dallas
Other offices : Dar es Salaam
Other offices : Denver
Other offices : Dubai
Other offices : Durban
Other offices : Frankfurt
Other offices : Hamburg
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : Houston
Other offices : Istanbul
Other offices : Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia)
Other offices : London
Other offices : Los Angeles
Other offices : Luxembourg
Other offices : Melbourne
Other offices : Mexico City
Other offices : Milan
Other offices : Minneapolis
Other offices : Monaco
Other offices : Montréal
Other offices : Moscow
Other offices : Munich
Other offices : New York
Other offices : Ottawa
Other offices : Paris
Other offices : Perth
Other offices : Piraeus
Other offices : Port Moresby
Other offices : Québec
Other offices : Rio de Janeiro
Other offices : Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm)
Other offices : San Antonio
Other offices : San Francisco
Other offices : São Paulo
Other offices : Shanghai
Other offices : Singapore
Other offices : St Louis
Other offices : Sydney
Other offices : Tokyo
Other offices : Toronto
Other offices : Vancouver
Other offices : Warsaw
Other offices : Washington, DC
Other offices : In Africa, it has alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe.