David Hertz

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Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8283

Fax: +27 11 535 8683

Email: dhertz@werksmans.com


David Hertz is the Chairman of Werksmans Attorneys, with deep experience in the Africa; Dispute Resolution; Financial Services Regulation; and Infrastructure, Energy & Projects practice areas. He specialises in several disciplines, including arbitration; mediation; alternative dispute resolution (ADR); competition law (in particular unlawful competition); corporate law; and corporate fraud. David is consistently recognised in international rankings. He has been named as a leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business for the past 11 years, and as a leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution by The Legal500 for the past eight years.

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Infrastructure, Energy & Projects
  • arbitration
  • mediation
  • alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
  • competition law, in particular specialises in unlawful competition
  • corporate law
  • corporate fraud
  • insurance
  • intellectual property
  • litigation relating to flotations/listings
  • stock exchange and public documents
  • mergers, acquisitions, management buy-outs and take-overs
  • mining law
  • resources law
  • BA LLB (Wits)
  • 1993: Director, Werksmans
  • Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution department
  • 2015: Chairman, Werksmans
  • Consistently recognised in international ratings.  Named as a leading lawyer in 
    • Dispute Resolution by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (2008 ‑ 2020)
    • Dispute Resolution The Legal500 (2015 - 2018)
    • Commercial Litigation by The International Who's Who Legal (2007 ‑ 2013)
    • Competition / Antitrust IFRL1000 (2017)
    • Named as a highly recommended lawyer in Dispute Resolution by The Legal500 (2010 - 2017)
    • Named as a leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution by The Legal500 in 2019
  • Named as a leading commercial litigator in The International Who's Who of Commercial Litigators (2013);
  • Ranked as a "highly regarded" practitioner for Competition, Energy & Infrastructure and Project Development in IFLR1000 (2018).
  • Lifetime achievement award for commercial law by SAPSA in 2019.
  • Nominated as one of the most outstanding litigation lawyers by Acrita's in 2019.