Faan Coetzee has been honoured with the prestigious appointment of Acting Labour Court Judge for the period 21 to 23 December 2010.
Appointments to the Labour Court are made by the Minister of Justice in consultation with the Judge President of the Labour Court. The judge president of the SA labour courts, acts on recommendations from his peers and the person's knowledge, experience and expertise in labour law.
On his appointment, Faan says. "It is an honour and a privilege to be able to assist the judicial process by working on some of the great volume of matters before the court and helping to clear the court role."
Faan also believes that lawyers have an important role to fill in doing pro bono work and assisting the legal profession. "We work hard to run our practices and do our best for clients. But, being able to give back to our communities and the profession is extremely rewarding."
Faan Coetzee is a director in the Employment Law practice with Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.
Over the past 34 years, Faan has advised large corporates, both locally and abroad, on some of the most complex and challenging restructurings, retrenchments, disciplinary matters, transfer of undertakings, collective bargaining issues and individual labour law matters. Faan was Chairman of the Johannesburg Attorneys' Association, examiner for the Attorneys' admission exams and has also served on various sub-committees of the Law Society.
Faan began his career in 1972 as a Lecturer at the University of the North. He joined the City Council of Johannesburg in 1973 as Legal Adviser to the Town Planning Committee and Valuation Department. Faan served on a number of committees of the Law Society and the steering committee for the Small Claims Court when it was first established in South Africa. Faan joined Hofmeyr (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr) in 1974 and became a Director in 1978.