Our extensive dispute resolution experience

covers the full range of insurance disputes where we apply our knowledge to resolve issues in their early stages where possible in an effort to avoid litigation and preserve valuable business relationships.

Clients cite the team’s strengths as “strong leadership, attention to detail, an exceptional level of professionalism, good planning and a high standard of execution.”

Chambers Global 2019

Insurers have shown their confidence in us by retaining us to represent them in arbitrated or litigated disputes.

Our clients include the top five life offices, a number of large short-term insurers, brokers and various financial services providers in South Africa and abroad.

Our Service

  • Drafting of arbitration clauses and agreements
  • Disputes over insurance and reinsurance cover
  • Claims handling, monitoring and coordination
  • Complex insurance-related litigation
  • Directors and Officers (D&O) insurance, fiduciary, professional liability, and fidelity cover
  • Product and general liability cover
  • Environmental liability cover
  • Claims related to insurance and reinsurance intermediaries
  • Class action proceedings
  • Cover and contribution litigation
  • D&O and professional liability cover and defence
  • Products liability defence
  • Environmental claims
  • Suits between health insurers and providers
  • Disability or regulatory issues arising out of personnel policies

We have been involved for the defendant in numerous actions in the full range of claims faced by short-term insurers and brokers including policy based:

  • Personal injury claims
  • Professional indemnity claims
  • Fraud claims
  • Motor claims
  • All other delictual claims

Assisting insurers and brokers in contractual disputes over:

  • Claims
  • Existence of cover
  • Limits of cover

Sector Rankings

  • Chambers Global 2018 - 2019 ranked our practice in Band 2: Insurance

Ranked Practitioners

  • Tim Fletcher is the National Practice Head for the Dispute Resolution team. Chambers Global 2019 ranked Tim in Band 3 for dispute resolution. Chambers Global 2015–2018 ranked Tim in Band 4 for dispute resolution. The Legal 500 EMEA 2016–2018 recommended him as a leading individual for dispute resolution and recommended him from 2013–2016. Best Lawyers International 2008–2018 listed Tim for insurance law and litigation. The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2015 identified Tim as being among the world’s leading asset recovery lawyers. He was named as the exclusive South African winner of the ILO Client Choice Awards 2017–2018 in the litigation category. Who’s Who Legal 2018 identified Tim as one of the world’s leading Insurance & Reinsurance lawyers.

  • Best Lawyers International 2015–2016 listed Roy Barendse for arbitration and mediation.

  • Best Lawyers International 2018 listed Allan Hannie for corporate law.

  • Chambers Global 2011–2018 ranked Johan Latsky in Band 3 for corporate/M&A. Chambers Global 2012–2019 ranked him in Band 1 for capital markets: equity. The Legal 500 EMEA 2012–2018 recommended Johan for commercial, corporate/M&A. Best Lawyers International 2009–2018 listed him for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law. Who’s Who Legal 2012–2013 identified Johan as a leading lawyer for corporate/M&A. ILO Client Choice Awards 2014 named him as the exclusive winner of the M&A category in South Africa.

  • Best Lawyers International 2018 listed Charl Williams for mergers and acquisitions law.