Below is some of the work we’ve been doing at van der Want attorneys in the past six months:

Commercial law, mining law and legal-regulatory advice

  • Prepared an appeal responding submission to an appeal under the National Environmental Management Act acting on behalf of a company awarded a prospecting right in the Northern Cape
  • acted for an advertising agency in respect of a commercial dispute with a well known actor
  • advised National Arts Festival, Grahamstown (Makhanda) in respect of various commercial, company secretarial and regulatory issues
  • advised Grahamstown Foundation NPC in relation to various contractual and regulatory issues
  • advised a participant in Strate in respect of legal issues arising from its securities lending and borrowing operations
  •  advised the local branch of a foreign bank in respect of its South African operations’ contracts
  • advised a multi-national mining company’s South African operation in relation to various commercial contracts and mining regulatory issues
  • advised a mining company in respect of overlapping rights under the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002
  • advised a water engineering company subcontracted to provide works and services to a contractor in Botswana in an adjudication convened in terms of the JBCC contract and Adjudication Rules
  • advised a company in respect of its service arrangements with the City of Johannesburg
  • Acted for and advised the national advertising regulator in respect of various commercial and regulatory issues

Commercial litigation

  • Settled a commercial arbitration between our client, a BEE mining contractor against a major South African mining company’s coal operations
  • acted for a non-profit organisation in litigation against MTN, Vodacom and Absa for allowing an unauthorised SIM port (cell companies) and in respect of the fraudulent opening of a bank account which led to client being defrauded
  • acted as correspondent attorneys for a major Durban law firm in various matters in the High Court, Gauteng Local Division Johannesburg, and in the Johannesburg and Randburg Magistrates Courts
  • Obtained judgment for our client, a paint manufacturing company, in respect of recovery of a debt owed to it by one of its clients

Family law, divorce, children, minor litigation 

  • acting for parents of children enrolled in a private school they discovered was not registered as a school. We sued school and its owner for damages on behalf of the parents and the children. The litigation is ongoing
  • represented various parties in divorce proceedings in the Johannesburg High Court, the Johannesburg Regional Court and the Randburg Magistrates Court
  • acted for the respondent in a Children’s Court matter in Pretoria in a dispute over the primary residence of a child.
  • drafted wills and living wills for various clients
  • drafted leases of commercial and residential property for various lessors and advised individuals on landlord / tenant disputes
  • acted for the mother of three children in a maintenance enquiry and subsequent trial where the father sought to reduce the maintenance he pays for the children
  • represented an individual in respect of a property dispute
  • Representing an individual in the domestic violence court, Randburg

Employment law

  • representing an estate agent in relation to a labour dispute with her employer and acted for her in litigation against the employer