Jose joined Perrott van Niekerk Woodhouse & Matyolo Inc in 1998 as an Associate and left in 2013 where he held the position of Equity Director. He joined Norton Rose Fullbright SA in 2013 as an Equity Director until 2017. He joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr as an Equity Director in 2017.

Jose has extensive experience in assisting clients with strikes. He has in the past assisted a large number of corporates, including Shoprite, Freshmark, Engen and LSG Sky Chefs with strike management. He has successfully brought applications interdicting unprotected strikes, and unlawful and violent conduct during strikes. 

He assists local and international companies conducting business in South Africa and advises clients on all aspects of employment and labour law. 

He services a number of corporate clients in various sectors including the petroleum, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, consumer goods, services and retail sectors. 

Jose has acted as a Judge in the Labour Court.

Jose's experience includes:

  • Litigation in the CCMA, Labour Court, Labour Appeal Court and High Court.
  • Strike management.
  • Review applications. 
  • Drafting employment related contracts, policies and codes of conduct. 
  • Providing advice and making submissions in respect of proposed changes to legislation.
  • Business restructuring and transfers.
  • Disciplinary enquiries. 
  • Providing advice on minimum standards compliance.
  • Drafting variation and exemption applications.
  • Providing Legal and strategic advice.
  • Providing advice on employment equity and unfair discrimination. 
  • Providing training in respect of arbitrations and disciplinary enquiries.
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2020 - 2022 recommended Jose for employment.


  • BA, University of Cape Town
  • LLB, University of Cape Town
  • Year of admission as an attorney: 1998
  • Registered with the Legal Practice Council


  • The South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW)
Racism in the workplace
4 October 2018 Employment Law

Racism in the workplace

Employment Director Jose Jorge appeared on SABC's Morning Live to discuss racism in the workplace.

Social media racism and racism in the workplace
21 July 2017 Employment Law

Social media racism and racism in the workplace

On 19 July, Employment Directors Samiksha Singh and Jose Jorge appeared on The Afternoon Express on SABC to talk about social media racism and racism in the workplace.

COIDA for domestic workers
15 April 2021 Employment Law

COIDA for domestic workers

Employment Law Director Jose Jorge joined Lunch with Pippa Hudson on Cape Talk for a discussion around registering your domestic worker for COIDA. In it, he looks at how to ensure you properly register your domestic worker or gardener for the compensation fund, and explains the obligations around the recent ruling.

Employer liability in terms of section 60 of the EEA
22 February 2021 Employment Law

Employer liability in terms of section 60 of the EEA

Employers have duty to eliminate unfair discrimination in their employment policies and procedures. The case of PSA obo AG v The Department of Agriculture highlights the risks to employers who fail to take the necessary steps to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace. Listen to Jose Jorge in discussion with Adv Craig Bosch about this topic.

9 April 2020 Employment Law


Employment Director Jose Jorge joins The Honest Truth with Benito Vergotine to unpack COVID-19 Temporary Employee / Employer Relief Scheme (TERS) and what it means for companies and employees.

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