Jacques van Wyk

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Location: Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 405 5142

Fax: +27 11 535 8512

Email: jvanwyk@werksmans.com


Director Jacques van Wyk advises in the Business Crimes & Investigations; Construction & Engineering; and Labour & Employment practice areas. He has over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of employment law and employment litigation – including corporate restructures; commercial employment transactions arising during mergers and acquisitions; executive employee terminations of employment; and drafting employment contracts and letters of appointment. Jacques also has deep experience conducting employment law compliance audits; due diligence investigations; and occupational health and safety compliance audits. He has represented clients in all employment law fora in relation to a wide range of employment law disputes.

  • Business Crimes & Investigations
  • Construction & Engineering
  • Data Privacy
  • Labour & Employment
  • Commercial employment transactions arising during mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate restructures
  • Executive employee terminations of employment
  • Drafting employment contracts and letters of appointment
  • Drafting of disciplinary codes and procedures
  • Drafting grievance procedures
  • Restraints of trade
  • Advice on selection and recruitment
  • Chairing disciplinary enquiries and appeals
  • Employment law compliance audits and due diligence investigations
  • Advice on dismissals related to misconduct, poor performance, ill-health and operational requirements
  • Occupational health and safety compliance audits


  • BA LLB (UCT)
  • 1999 - 2008: Director, Cliffe Dekker
  • 2008 - 2009: Director, ENS
  • 2009: Director, Werksmans
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Labour and Employment by The Legal500 (2010–2014, 2018 and 2019)
  • Named as an endorsed lawyer in Labour and Employee Benefits by PLC Which Lawyer
  • Ranked as a leading lawyers for Employment by Chambers Global (2017 - 2019)
  • Co-authored 'Labour Law in Action ‑ A Handbook on the new Labour Relations Act ‑ 1997' with Frances Anderson