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Venns | Litigation And Dispute Resolution


We do our best to resolve all our clients' disputes promptly by giving solid, practical advice at the outset with a view to avoiding unnecessary litigation. Disputes that cannot be resolved in this way are only pursued in court with a view to achieving results and adding value. Clients are assured of our integrity, confidentiality and cost-effective practical results. Our specialised Litigation Department comprises four directors, two executive consultants, one associate and seven professional assistants. In addition the department has various specialised units dealing in particular areas of law.

Complex working relationships among individuals, companies and other organisations mean that disagreements are inevitable. We are proactive in resolving disputes in the best interest of our clients, emphasising the need to be efficient and expedient in the chosen course of action. If formal litigation is ultimately unavoidable, our approach is to try to resolve disputes in the most cost-effective way possible.

We provide a professional and efficient legal service, whether in a court room, arbitration/ tribunal hearing or other dispute resolution forum. Whether you are the plaintiff, defendant, applicant, respondent or interested third party, it is important to know your rights, options and recourses available in litigation proceedings.

Venns litigation and dispute resolution team has extensive experience in advising medium and large business, corporations, individual persons, non-government entities, governments, state-owned entities, financial institutions, and regulatory bodies in respect of a wide range of disputes that require proactive and effective solutions.

Our dedicated team focuses on dispute avoidance and risk management, with an emphasis on early assessment of the matter and a careful consideration of all aspects before taking action, in order to ensure that we adopt the right strategy to meet your expectations. This means that counsel and advice is obtained before any litigation process is considered.

We regularly partner with specialists across the firm, meaning that we can assist with all aspects of all matters across all sectors ensuring that your legal requirements are handled quickly and seamlessly.

We act in, and advise on, all aspects of commercial litigation and dispute resolution, both before and after the start of any litigation process, including:

  • advising on alternative dispute resolution processes, including mediation
  • advising on, and representing clients in, settlement negotiations
  • assisting with administrative appeals and court applications in relation to decisions by regulatory bodies, including reviews of such decisions
  • furnishing opinions to clients on all aspects of dispute resolution, litigation disputes, interpretation of law and generally on all matters of law
  • representing clients before the statutory ombuds of various industries
  • representing clients in arbitrations and regulatory tribunals
  • representing clients at creditors meeting and insolvency enquiries and interrogations
  • representing clients in all courts throughout South Africa

We act in, and advise on, all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution, both before and after the start of any litigation process, and in a variety of areas including:

  • Administrative law
  • All aspects of Contracts (interpretation and drafting)
  • All aspects of Company law
  • Arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution
  • Banking Law
  • Building, construction and engineering disputes
  • Business Rescue
  • Business fraud
  • Commercial, contractual and company disputes
  • Constitutional law
  • Criminal law
  • Defamation and media law
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Environmental law
  • Evictions (both residential and commercial)
  • Financial recoveries for companies and individuals, repossessions, and foreclosures
  • General litigation
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance law
  • Liquidations & Sequestrations
  • Land claims, property and will disputes
  • Matrimonial, custody and Family matter
  • Product liability
  • Tax

Our services include dispute resolution and opinion work across a range of specialisations, some of which include:

  • Contentious banking and finance matters.
  • Class or group actions in South Africa.
  • Commercial disputes of all kinds.
  • Liability and risk issues.
  • Business rescue, restructuring and insolvency.
  • Corporate fraud forensic investigations.
  • A wide range of insurance disputes.
  • Product liability

Mohammed Motala


Mohammed Motala is a Director at Venns and Head of the litigation department. He specialises in commercial and financial litigation.

Hiresen Govender


Hiresen litigates extensively on behalf of the public sector and insurers, and has dealt with several high-profile, high-value matters. He brings an enthusiastic and practical approach to solving client problems, and has specialist skills in administrative, procurement, insurance and maritime law.

Craig Blackmore


Craig is a director in the Litigation department and leads the Specialised Recoveries team. This team is primarily tasked with debt collection for corporates and individuals alike. He is also an experienced attorney in criminal law. However, over the past five years, his practice has developed to focus more on general litigation where corporate entities form the basis of his client base.

Nida Jooste


Nida Jooste is a director in our litigation department. Her practice has a strong focus on banking and finance law, foreclosures, specialised debt collection and disciplinary and regulatory compliance for legal practitioners. She has acted for clients in a variety of sectors and industries, including private individuals as well as commercial entities including Banks.

Andries Geyser

Executive Consultant

Andries Geyser's legal skills are varied, with experience in most fields, however his preferred areas of practice include commercial work, insolvency enquiries and litigation.

Doc Louw

Executive Consultant

Practises in our Litigation division and predominantly in the banking law, commercial and general civil litigation fields including matrimonial and related disputes. He is currently a member of the Board of Governors of Cordwalles Preparatory School.

Joe Askew

Professional Assistant

Joe Askew, is a professional assistant in our Litigation Division.

Bakhulule Nomandwayi

Professional Assistant

Bakhulule Nomandwayi was admitted as an attorney in 2020 after completing articles at Venns.

Mhlengi Ngcobo

Professional Assistant

Mhlengi Ngcobo was admitted as an attorney in 2022 after completing articles at Venns.

Lervashni Padayachee

Professional Assistant

Lervashni Padayachee was admitted as an attorney in 2022 after completing articles at Venns.

Asandile Ndlela

Professional Assistant

Asandile Ndlela was admitted as an attorney in 2022 after completing articles at Venns.