Nicholas advises both local and international corporate entities in a variety of industries, including clients in the transport, chemical, manufacturing, metal and engineering, construction, sporting bodies and organs of state. He also advises executives and senior level management on all aspects of employment law and strategy and with a keen interest on the litigious aspect thereof.

His career highlights include amongst others speaking at the 21st International Society for Labour and Social Security Law in 2015, advising the Road Freight Industry during the national road freight strike, representing Cricket South Africa throughout the publicised disciplinary hearing of its CEO, Gerald Majola, and interdicting a number of other profiled strikes in the government sector, construction and engineering, casino and gaming, air, logistics and manufacturing sectors.

  • Labour Court and employment related litigation
  • High Court, CCMA and Tribunal Litigation
  • Chairing and Prosecuting of Disciplinary Enquiries
  • Practical Training on IR related matters and enquiries
  • Interdicting of strike related conduct ,Unlawful Public Gatherings and enforcement of picketing rules
  • Collective Labour Law
  • Compliance Orders
  • Executive Agreements and Employment Contracts
  • Company disciplinary codes and procedures including in the area of Social Media
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Review of Arbitration Awards
  • Individual labour disputes and grievances
  • Retrenchments and redundancies including large scale retrenchments.


  • LLB, LLM (Labour Law), University of Pretoria.
  • Admission as an attorney: 2011
  • Enrolled with the Legal Practice Council


  • South African Society for Labour Law
  • South African Society for Labour Lawyers (Young Lawyers Section: South Africa)
Nicholas Preston comments on Shakes Mashaba and Isegund Gordan having a contract at the same time.
6 August 2014 Employment

Nicholas Preston comments on Shakes Mashaba and Isegund Gordan having a contract at the same time.

Newly appointed Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba arrives back in South Africa after a tour of Mali as the official coach of the senior national team. Isegund Gordan’s contract with SAFA runs until the end of the month, but a employment lawyer says this is perfectly legal that both men can be contracted for the same position at the same time. Director, Nicholas Preston gives comment.

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