Michael Yeates

Michael Yeates


Michael Yeates is a Director in our Employment practice. He has extensive experience in the field of health and safety, employee relations and corporate immigration law both from a litigation perspective and training and development. Michael works in various industries including mining, metals, engineering, retail, financial services and the commercial distributive trade.

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Michael began his career as a Candidate Attorney in 2004 and was appointed as an Associate in 2005. He joined Cliffe Dekker (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr) as a Senior Associate in 2008 and became a Director in 2011.

  • Drafting of various court applications, opinions on all aspects of labour law and immigration law.
  • Providing strategic advice to employers regarding collective bargaining and section 197 transfers.
  • Providing opinions to employers on all aspects of employment law.
  • Advising clients on dismissals/unfair labour practice.
  • Drafting of employment contracts.
  • Representing executives in dismissals/unfair labour practices.
  • Chairing disciplinary enquiries and representing various company's at the CCMA and the Labour Court.
  • Conducting employment audits.
  • Compiling employment law packages for clients.
  • Presenting to clients on various pieces of legislation.


  • BCom LLB HDip (Cyber Law), University of Johannesburg
  • Year of admission as an attorney: 2006
  • Enrolled with the Legal Practice Council


  • The South African Society for Labour Law
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