Lawyer Profiles


Werksmans is acknowledged for having one of South Africa’s top commercial litigation teams focused on resolving matters in clients’ best interests, as quickly and efficiently as possible.


    • All aspects of commercial litigation
    • Alternative dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration)
    • Insolvency practice
    • Tax-related litigation
    • Intellectual property related litigation



Our litigation services area is both broad and deep, and our Dispute Resolution practice is among the country’s largest and most experienced. Focusing on disputes that either reach the High Court or are resolved by arbitration, our lawyers are involved in many high-profile commercial litigation and arbitration matters in South Africa and internationally.

Geared for rapid response, the Dispute Resolution team can be called upon at short notice to resolve large-scale and complex litigation matters. This includes urgent applications and discovery-driven trial and arbitration matters. Directors have also acted for clients in a number of international jurisdictions.

The team is well-represented at the International Bar Association. Director, Des Williams, is a former co-chair of the Litigation Committee and is currently a member of Council of the Legal Practice Division of the International Bar Association. He is also a director of the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa and was recently appointed as the sole South African member of the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce.


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