Globally-recognised dispute resolution lawyers

The resolution of a disagreement before it flares into a fully-fledged conflict is rare in the highly-competitive global marketplace – which makes effective litigation or alternative dispute resolution critical. Werksmans is acknowledged for having globally-recognised dispute resolution lawyers; a top commercial litigation team focused on resolving matters in clients’ best interests as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our well-known services include all aspects of commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration), insolvency practice, tax-related litigation, and intellectual property related litigation.

International Bar Association

Our dispute resolution lawyers are amongst the country’s most experienced, with vast exposure to an array of matters. Focusing on disputes that either reach the High Court or are resolved by arbitration, the team is involved in many high-profile commercial litigation and arbitration matters in South Africa and internationally. Geared for rapid response, members of our Dispute Resolution Practice can be called upon at short notice to resolve large-scale and complex litigation matters. This includes urgent applications and discovery-driven trial and arbitration matters, with directors also acting for clients in a number of international jurisdictions.

The team is well-represented at the International Bar Association. Director Des Williams, is a former co-chair of the Litigation Committee and currently a member of Council of the Legal Practice Division of the International Bar Association. He is also a director of the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa and the sole South African member of the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce.

Read the Sub-Saharan Africa Overview in The International Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration 2014 * authored by director Des Williams.

Read the South Africa chapter in the International Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration 2014 (11th Edition) *, authored by director Des Williams.

Read South Africa chapter in Getting the Deal Through – Dispute Resolution 2014 **, authored by director Des Williams.

Read the South Africa chapter in the IBA Arbitration Guide ***, authored by director Des Williams.

* This article appeared in the 2014 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: International Arbitration; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London.

** Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through – Dispute Resolution 2014, (published in June 2014; contributing editor: Simon Bushell, Latham & Watkins). For further information please visit

*** Reproduced with permission from IBA Arbitration Guide. For further information please visit

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