Richard Marcus

Richard Marcus


Richard Marcus is a Director in our Dispute Resolution practice as well as in the Business Rescue, Restructuring and Insolvency sector. Richard has extensive experience in various aspects of corporate and commercial litigation, including urgent applications and arbitrations, including company and contract law disputes, insolvency and business rescue, and intellectual property.

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Richard began his career in 1988 as a Candidate Attorney. In 1992 he joined Findlay and Tait as an Associate and in 1995 moved to Syfret Godlonton-Fuller Moore, first as an Associate and thereafter as a Director. Richard became a Director of Cliffe Dekker (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr) in 1998.

Richard’s experience includes:

  • Representing liquidators and creditors in major insolvencies, including listed companies.
  • Resolution of shareholder, joint venture, company law and contractual disputes, with particular knowledge of the Companies Act.
  • Extensive experience in urgent applications to protect commercial rights, including the protection of confidential commercial information and processes.
  • Active in the sphere of Business Rescue and Restructuring.
  • Representing international and local corporations in unlawful competition matters, including intellectual property disputes, and unlawful competition restraints.
  • Qualified Arbitrator and Mediator – Success in resolution of Disputes through Mediation


  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2014 recommended Richard for dispute resolution.
  • International Client Choice Awards 2018 – Client Choice Restructuring – South Africa


  • BA LLB, University of Cape Town
  • LLM, Trinity Hall, Cambridge University (England)
  • Year of admission as an attorney: 1989


  • SARIPA – South African Restructuring and Insolvency Practitioners
  • Accredited Mediator - Africa Centre For Dispute Settlement
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.