Johan Beyers > The Chambers of Alexander Nissen QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

The Chambers of Alexander Nissen QC
Keating Chambers


Specialises in construction, engineering and commercial disputes, often of substantial commercial value and involving complex technical, factual and legal issues. He is admitted to appear in the Courts of both South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho, and has held acting positions as High Court judge and magistrate in the Magistrate’s Court, and appointments as appeal arbitrator, arbitrator and legal expert. Johan has extensive experience of a wide range of disputes and advisory work relating to infrastructure and building projects. Significant cases have included long term retainers as counsel on an underground tunnelling project in Lesotho and a large marine quarrying and breakwater project in South Africa, both arbitration disputes of considerable commercial value. He has advised international and South African contractors and employers on large engineering, building and mining projects in South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, the Middle East, Scotland and South America. Johan is presently reading for an MSc degree in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution at King’s College, London.


Admitted as attorney of the High Court of South Africa (1991); admitted as advocate of the High Court of South Africa, enrolled as practicing member of the Cape Bar (1992); admitted as advocate of the High Court in the Kingdom of Lesotho (2010); joined Keating Chambers as an International Member (2017).


Fluent in English and Afrikaans, and a basic knowledge of Dutch, Flemish and German.


Co-founder and current chairperson of The Society of Construction Law for Africa; International Board Member – SCL International; Arbitration Foundation of South Africa; South African Development Community Lawyers’ Association (SADCLA).


Johan particularly enjoys fishing, both flyfishing and offshore angling, sailing, diving and competitive shooting. He has had a life long interest in model aeronautics and builds composite drones in his free time. He also has a black belt grading in two different martial arts and plays viola and the guitar.