Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution

In an ideal world, disagreements would be resolved before flaring into fully-fledged conflicts. This is rare in the highly-competitive global marketplace – which makes effective litigation or alternative dispute resolution key.

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.

Contact Director  Corlett Manaka, Head of our Dispute Resolution practice area

Download our Dispute Resolution practice area overview

Read the Sub-Saharan Africa Overview in The International Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration 2014 * authored by director Des Williams

Read the South Africa chapter in the International Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration 2014 (11th Edition) *, authored by director Des Williams

Read South Africa chapter in Getting the Deal Through – Dispute Resolution 2014 **, authored by director Des Williams

Read the South Africa chapter in the IBA Arbitration Guide ***, authored by director Des Williams

*  This article appeared in the 2014 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: International Arbitration; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London.

** Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through – Dispute Resolution 2014, (published in June 2014; contributing editor: Simon Bushell, Latham & Watkins). For further information please visit www.GettingTheDealThrough.com.

***Reproduced with permission from IBA Arbitration Guide. For further information please visit www.ibanet.org.