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.
  • Chambers Global 2020 ranked Michael as "Up and Coming" in Employment.
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2020 recommended Michael for employment.


  • 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
Consequences for employees recording the activities
30 January 2020 Employment

Consequences for employees recording the activities

Michael Yeates, Director in the Employment practice features on Newzroom Afrika. He discusses an employer's right to privacy and the consequences for employees recording the activities of their employers.

Pros and cons of a shorter work week
16 January 2020 Employment

Pros and cons of a shorter work week

Employment Director Michael Yeates joined eNews Channel Africa to look at the pros and cons of a shorter work week.

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Employers rights to privacy
30 January 2020 Employment

Employers rights to privacy

Michael Yeates, Director in the Employment practice talks about the implications an employee can face for recording an employer.

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