Our Occupational Health & Safety team

delivers clear and precise legal advice. Our skilled representation is tailored to the individual situation of clients in the industrial, construction and mining sectors as well as generally to the requirements of a wide range of industries.

Occupational Health & Safety

We assist manage all workplace health and safety issues ranging from risk management and training to dispute resolution, representation, compliance and audits.

Our services include:

  • Advising on all aspects of occupational health and safety and compensation for occupational injuries and diseases.
  • Advising on interpretation, implementation and compliance relating to OHSA and the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act.
  • Drafting legally compliant health and safety policies.
  • Assessing existing company policies against legislated obligations.
  • Chairing incapacity hearings related to ill health or a workplace injury.
  • Conducting workplace health and safety audits.
  • Assistance in developing health and safety standards in the workplace.
  • Advising on the prevention of claims by independent contractors.
  • Providing legal representation at occupational health and safety investigations, inquiries, inquests, compliance audits and legal proceedings.
  • Developing customised solutions and training material for staff and employee education.
  • Training for managers to make sure that employers are compliant with the law.
  • Assisting clients with developing customised health and safety solutions and training material for their staff and employees.

Practice Area Rankings

  • Chambers Global 2014–2019 ranked our Employment practice in Band 2 for employment.
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2009–2018 ranked our Employment practice in Tier 2 for employment law.
  • Our practice was identified as leading in The International Who’s Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers 2013.

Ranked Practitioners

  • Chambers Global 2018-2019 ranked Fiona Leppan in Band 2 for employment. Chambers Global 2016–2017 ranked her in Band 3 for employment. The Legal 500 EMEA 2012–2018 recommended her for employment. Best Lawyers International 2018-2019 listed Fiona for labour and employment law. IFLR1000 2012 recommended Fiona as a leading lawyer. Who’s Who Legal 2017–2018 identified her as a leading labour & employment practitioner. She was identified in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2014, and in The International Who’s Who of Management Labour and Employment 2011–2018.

  • ILO Client Choice Awards 2015-2016 named Michael Yeates the exclusive South African winner in the employment & benefits category. In 2018, he was named the exclusive South African winner in the immigration category.