Jason Smit

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Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 (0)11 535 8359

Fax: +27 (0)11 535 8759

Email: jasonsmit@werksmans.com


Director Jason Smith is Head of Construction & Engineering, also advising in the Arbitration; Dispute Resolution; Healthcare & Life Sciences; Insolvency, Business Rescue & Restructuring; Technology; and China practice areas. He acts predominantly for contractors and consultants and his client base includes a number of global consulting engineering firms, as well as a number of manufacturers; fabricators; and operators in the power, energy, telecommunications and transport infrastructure sectors. Jason also specialises in the enforcement of demand guarantees and has specific expertise in the upfront negotiation and subsequent interpretation of NEC and FIDIC-based contracts.

  • Arbitration
  • Construction & Engineering
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Insolvency, Business Rescue & Restructuring
  • Media, Communications & Technology
  • Arbitration, Adjudication, Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution, focusing specifically on infrastructure, construction and engineering matters and guarantee-related disputes
  • Front-end negotiation of engineering and construction contracts
  • Tender vetting and reviews
  • General commercial and contractual dispute resolution including mediation, arbitration and High Court litigation
  • High Court actions and applications
  • Arbitrations and alternative dispute resolution
  • Risk-related contract reviews
  • B.Bus.Sci (Hons) (UCT) 1998
  • LLB (UCT) 2000
  • Certificate in Advanced Corporate Law and Securities, UNISA (2002)
  • BA (cum laude), UNISA (2017)
  • Ranked as a leading lawyer in Construction (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business. Clients note: "He sees the issue and doesn't overcomplicate it. He understands that you need a good business solution as much as a legal solution and his level of service is extraordinarily efficient." 
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Construction by Legal 500 (2015,2016,2017 and 2018)