Appointment of Tim Fletcher as the new Chairperson

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Fletcher as the new Chairperson, effective 1 April 2022. Tim succeeds Thabile Fuhrmann, who enjoys the firm’s collective gratitude for her calm and caring leadership as she helped steer CDH through the challenges of the global pandemic.

6 Apr 2022 1 min read CDH Alert Article

At a glance

  • Tim Fletcher has been appointed as the new Chairperson of CDH, effective April 1, 2022, succeeding Thabile Fuhrmann.
  • The past two years have brought significant changes to the legal services industry due to the pandemic, with a shift towards technology and remote work. CDH acknowledges the need to be agile and adapt to a hybrid way of operating.
  • Tim's extensive experience as a dispute resolution attorney and his previous roles within CDH, including Head of the Dispute Resolution practice, make him well-suited to guide the firm through the next four years. He is excited about the new challenge while continuing his responsibilities as a director and Head of the Dispute Resolution practice.

The past two years has seen huge changes in the provision of legal services and the needs of the firm’s clients, as lockdown forced the legal sector to embrace technology and get comfortable with a new way of working. It is uncertain if define a new normal, although all indications are that it will be some kind of hybrid.

CDH must be agile, as COVID-19 remains very real and has proven to be anything but predictable. The partners of CDH are confident that Tim has the qualities and experience to guide the firm through the next four years, and the varied challenges that will undoubtedly be faced.

Tim has more than thirty years’ experience as a dispute resolution attorney and those skills will be put to good use in his new role. He is not new to management having served the firm on various committees and having spent the past 10 years as Head of the Dispute Resolution practice area where he showed deep care for the people in his broader team and for his clients, strong administrative skills, and a dedication to excellence, all tempered by his quick sense of humour. Tim does admit to a few apprehensive moments, but he is clearly excited to face this new challenge.

While holding the position of Chairperson, Tim will continue his duties as a director in our firm and as Head of the Dispute Resolution practice.

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