Des Williams

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Director

Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8234

Fax: +27 11 535 8634

Email: dwilliams@werksmans.com

ABOUT

Director and Head of Arbitration Des Williams is deeply experienced in commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including international litigation; arbitration; and mediation. He has been involved in many of the largest and most complex litigation and arbitration matters in South Africa and is named in numerous publications for his expertise in litigation and arbitration; construction law; and insurance and reinsurance. Des has been the sole South African member of the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) since 2011 and is a former co-chair of the Litigation Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA).

  • Arbitration
  • Construction & Engineering
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Media, Communications & Technology
  • Mining, Environmental & Resources
  • Commercial litigation (domestic & international)
  • Arbitration (domestic & international)
  • Telecommunications, media and technology law
  • Mining law
  • Building and Construction law

 

  • BA LLB LLM (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Higher Diploma in Company Law (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Higher Diploma in Tax (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • 1979: Director, Werksmans
  • 1994-2005: Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution department
  • 2005: Chairman, Werksmans
  • 2015: Director, Werksmans

 

  • Chairman of Werksmans 2005 - 2015
  • Co-chairman of International Bar Association Litigation Committee 2007-2008
  • Member of Council of the International Bar Association Legal Practice Division Council 2009-2011
  • South African member of the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce 2011-2018
  • Chairman of Council of the International Chamber of Commerce South Africa (ICCSA) 2016-2018
  • Vice-chairman of AFSA International (a division of the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa).
  • Ranked as a leading lawyer in: 
    • Dispute Resolution and Construction by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (2014 – 2018)
    • Commercial Litigation and in Arbitration by the International Who's Who Legal 
    • Insurance & Reinsurance by the International Who's Who Legal 
  • a highly recommended lawyer in Dispute Resolution by Legal500
  • a leading lawyer in Commercial Arbitration by Expert Guides 
  • a leading commercial litigator in Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Litigation Lawyers 
  • one of the world's leading arbitration specialists in The International Who's Who of Arbitration
  • a leading commercial litigator in The International Who's Who of Commercial Litigators 
  • a highly regarded individual in Litigation Lawyers Around The World by Who's Who Litigation Guide 
  • inclusion in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders (2017)
  • Ranked by Legal500 for Dispute Resolution for 2018.