Timothy Smit

Timothy Smit

Director

Timothy Smit is a Director in our Dispute Resolution practice and has practiced exclusively in commercial dispute resolution since his admission as an attorney. Tim specialises in High Court litigation, private mediations and arbitrations and forensic investigations. Tim has successfully resolved disputes concerning administrative law reviews, complex shareholder agreements, professional indemnity claims, D&O claims, construction and engineering claims, product liability claims, subrogated recovery claims, public liability, medical malpractice and contractual issues. Tim has also investigated performance complaints and claims of fraud against directors and designated officers of companies.

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Tim was admitted as an attorney in February 2011. Tim joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc as a Senior Associate in 2017 and was promoted to Director in the dispute resolution practice in 2019.

  • Representing a major telecommunications provider and major outsourcing group in prosecuting and opposing administrative review proceedings relating to state tenders.
  • Representing a major international retail group in general commercial issues regarding perfection of securities, retail and real estate disputes.
  • Representing insurers, brokerages, underwriters and individuals in professional indemnity claims, D&O claims, construction and engineering claims, product liability claims, subrogated recovery claims, public liability claims and claims of medical malpractice.
  • Representing a minority shareholder of a joint venture in prosecuting derivative action proceedings against a large multinational company.
  • Representing the shareholders of an eminent fintech company in the favourable settlement of a complex dispute between shareholders relating to the sale of a fintech subsidiary.
  • Acting for a major international motor vehicle manufacturer in regard to product liability claims.
  • Representing a major private hospital group in defending claims of medical malpractice and in prosecuting construction related disputes.
  • Providing coverage advice to major insurers.
  • Conducting fraud and under-performance related investigations for major corporations.
  • Assisting a director of a major South African bank in respect of a claim brought by the shareholders of the bank against the directors of the bank for shareholder value diminution.
  • Pursuing actions against former directors to have those directors declared delinquent.

Education

  • B Comm, University of Witwatersrand
  • LLB, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Year admitted as an attorney: 2011
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