Kathleen Louw

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Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8321

Fax: +27 11 535 8621

Email: klouw@werksmans.com


Kathleen Louw is a director at Werksmans Attorneys in the firm’s dispute resolution department. Kathleen specialises in contractual disputes, arbitration and international litigation. She has experience in the regulatory fields of various sectors, including financial services and mining and has represented clients in their engagements with regulators (specifically the Department of Mineral Resources) on various matters. Kathleen has experience in mining litigation, specifically in relation to internal appeals, reviews and mandamus applications. Kathleen has acted for industry leaders in the mining, retail and transport sectors of the economy. She has been involved in a number of high-profile matters over the years in her area of specialty in the context of both arbitration and court proceedings.

  • Arbitration
  • Construction & Engineering
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Mining, Environmental & Resources
  • General commercial litigation
  • Contractual disputes
  • Sale and lease
  • Corporate governance 
  • Shareholder/director disputes
  • Law of delict and contract
  • Administrative Law


  • a public transport operator on its contractual obligations in respect of its relationships with various specialised entities who design, construct and operate aspects of the South African rapid rail system;
  • various mining houses and companies (including their subsidiaries) in respect of their global supply of raw materials, their contractual obligations in respect of their relationships with subcontractors and their interaction with the Department of Mineral Resources;
  • the plant leasing component of a group of companies in respect of their customised short and long term leasing of heavy earth moving equipment within the mining, civil and construction sector;
  • an entity involved in ongoing litigation in respect of an African based airport construction related dispute against established South African construction company, in ongoing litigation;
  • a well established manufacturer of glass solutions in South Africa in respect of ongoing franchisee litigation;
  • a well established primary tissue paper manufacturing company and its various subsidiaries in respect of construction related disputes; and
  • a company that facilities the housing of cellular and wireless, radio and television broadcast, microwave and two-way radio communications equipment in respect of their multi-tenant leasing model, specifically in relation to commercial lease disputes. 
  • LLB, Stellenbosch University (2004)
  • Masters Degree in International Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, University College London (2015)
  • Diploma in Prospecting & Mining Law (2017)
  • 2012: Senior Associate, Werksmans
  • 2016: Director, Werksmans 


  • Lectured Introduction to Legal Studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (2010).