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Helen Westman, Partner

Helen Westman

Partner

Languages

English

Practice areas

  • Commercial agreements
  • Commercial and IT
  • Commercial litigation
  • Construction and engineering
  • Corporate
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Litigation and dispute management

Practice notes

Helen is a Partner, with Right of Appearance in the High Court of South Africa, at our Melrose Arch office.

Helen has served as the Registrar to the Honourable Ms Justice Satchwell at the South Gauteng High Court where she managed chambers, assisted with legal research, and gained valuable insight into the administration of motion court, urgent applications, civil and criminal trials and appeals.

Helen has a particular interest in construction law, insolvency law, business rescues, competition law and corporate law. Her practice experience includes advising clients on various aspects of commercial law and general litigation where she has represented individuals, as well as corporate clients, in both the Supreme Court of Appeal, the High Court and the Magistrate Court. Helen has also represented clients in complex construction arbitrations and commercial arbitrations.

Helen has an interest in employment law and has provided training to international and local clients, drafted various policies and procedures, as well as employment contracts and restraint of trade agreements. Helen has appeared in the CCMA and Labour Court and chaired numerous disciplinary and incapacity hearings on behalf of clients.

As a way of giving back to the community, Helen attends at the SASLAW pro bono office situated at the Labour Court and provides legal assistance to those individuals that cannot afford legal representation.

Helen’s expertise extends beyond South Africa’s borders in that she also manages a variety of litigious matters throughout Africa on behalf of clients. By way of example, she recently defended her client in an employment law dispute in Botswana.

Helen’s client base is mainly in the security industry, construction industry and telecommunications industry.