Belinda  Scriba

Belinda Scriba


Belinda Scriba is a Director in our Dispute Resolution practice. She is a member of our Business Rescue, Restructuring & Insolvency sector. Her extensive experience includes litigation and arbitration (international and local) in the areas of insolvency and business rescue, corporate and commercial contractual disputes, Companies Act disputes, maritime, and international trade. She has more recently trained and qualified as a mediator.


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Belinda completed her articles in 2004 and thereafter went to England for two years, predominantly to travel. In England Belinda worked as a corporate private mergers and acquisitions professional support paralegal at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. She joined Hofmeyr Herbstein and Gihwala as an Associate in April 2007 and was promoted to Senior Associate in 2012. Belinda was appointed as a Director in 2017.

  • Advising international and local clients on the aspects of South African maritime and admiralty law, both from a litigious and commercial contract drafting perspective.
  • Representing international clients in launching or defending maritime proceedings, including proceedings with the view of preserving assets located in South Africa though ship arrests.
  • Advising clients in terms of litigation or applications relating to the Consumer Protection Act, the National Credit Act, the Promotion of Access to Information Act and the Companies Act.
  • Representing clients in seeking the recognition of foreign judgments and bankruptcy/re-organisation proceedings.
  • Advising clients on business rescue proceedings, either as creditors or the entity requiring rescue.
  • Assisting clients in defending or bringing insolvency proceedings. Advising major public institutions on maritime concession rights.
  • Acting for and advising clients on commercial disputes (contractual and otherwise).
  • Captain Bob Deacon Shipping Law Award: Best Maritime Law Student of 2007.


  • BCom Law, LLB, University of Stellenbosch
  • Year of admission as an attorney: 2004

  • Mediation in Motion, University of Cape Town: 2020

  • Registered with the Legal Practice Council


  • Mediation in Motion
The state of business rescue in South Africa
22 July 2021 Dispute Resolution

The state of business rescue in South Africa

Belinda Scriba, Director in our Dispute Resolution practice joined Newzroom Africa to discuss the state of business rescue in South Africa. One of the major concerns raised is that the country may not have enough business rescue practitioners for the companies already in business rescue, let alone those rescues that are anticipated as a result of the latest civil unrest experienced in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

WEBINAR | Navigating Business Rescue, Restructuring & Insolvency during COVID-19 | Part 2
5 May 2020 Business Rescue, Restructuring & Insolvency

WEBINAR | Navigating Business Rescue, Restructuring & Insolvency during COVID-19 | Part 2

Topics discussed included the impact of COVID-19 on South African economy, Directors’ liability when trading in financially distressed or insolvent circumstances, current legislative amendments and regulations that have been put in place in South Africa (including the impact on general court proceedings) and case law update.

Digital progression of South Africa's courts
14 September 2021 Dispute Resolution

Digital progression of South Africa's courts

Belinda Scriba, Director in the Dispute Resolution practice joined Cape Talk to discuss the digital progression of South Africa's courts, particularly amid Covid-19 and lockdown. She especially highlights the challenges and solutions in electronic tracing of case files and legal documentation

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