Practice Areas

Corporate & Commercial Contract

This is the focus of our firm and makes up the bulk of work.

Our professionals have been involved in various corporate transactions and have advised, among others, private corporations, banks, parastatals and various government departments. We are therefore in a position to advise and assist all participants in the commercial sector from government departments, entrepreneurs launching new ventures right through to global enterprises.

We draft all manner of commercial contracts including:

• Sale of Business Agreements

• Distribution Agreements

• Shareholders Agreements 

• Loan Agreements

• Non-disclosure Agreements

• Franchise 

• Lease Agreements

• Restraint of Trades 

• Memorandum of Understanding

• Confidentiality Agreements

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Company Secretarial

We are able to assist with the registration of companies, name reservations, issuing of shareholders certificates..

We are able to assist with the registration of companies, name reservations, issuing of shareholders certificates, annual returns submission and general company secretarial administration related to the Commission for Intellectual Property and Companies (CIPC)

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Employment Law

We are well placed to provide clients (whether government departments, employers, employees or unions) with expert advice in relation to all labour related issues.

We cover all employment legislation including the Labour Relations Act, the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, the Employment Equity Act, Skills Development Act, Bargaining Council Agreements, Sectorial Determinations, associated subordinated legislation.

We are able to draft all manner of documents related to employment including:

• employment contracts;

• employment policies and procedures guidelines

• operational polices 

• disciplinary codes

We are also able to provide clients with assistance in regard to the:

• chairing of disciplinary hearings 

• incapacity hearings and poor work performance investigations

• remuneration

• restraint of trades

• redundancies, restructuring, wage negotiations and industrial actions.

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Intellectual Property Trademark & Design

We have extensive experience in all matters that relate to Intellectual Property.

For over 10 years Rory Richardson managed the VIRGIN brand.  Virgin is now one of the most recognisable brands in the world and a fantastic example of how effective brand management can lead to unprecedented business success.

Our expertise in this field includes:

• Trade mark applications and renewals

• Design application and renewals

• Copyright advice and protection

• Patent, trade mark, copyright and design litigation and protection

• Licensing

• Franchising

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Litigation Arbitration Mediation

Our firm has extensive litigation experience in relation to all our specialist fields.

We are able to assist clients with all manner of litigation in the Magistrates Courts and High Courts of South Africa

It is increasingly becoming the trend worldwide to refer disputes to either mediation or arbitration and South Africa is no exception. This is often far more expedient and cost-effective than litigating through the courts. With our commercial and legal backgrounds, we are suitably qualified either to act as mediators / arbitrators or to assist clients involved in any mediation / arbitration proceedings.

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