Macgregor Erasmus Attorneys Inc. is an innovative Law Firm that redefines the role that Lawyers ought to play by providing quick, pragmatic and robust legal solutions and representation which is bespoke to Multinational Corporations, Blue-chip companies, Large, Medium, Small, Micro-enterprises and to a wide range of Entrepreneurs and Individuals.
The firm is a specialist Employment and Commercial Litigation Practice which holds a National presence, and is represented by an array of leading entrepreneurial Lawyers who are dynamic, versatile, resilient and are at the core modern, creative thinkers.
In addition to its Legal standing, the Firm has a particular interest in the development and growth of young local Artists and Entrepreneurs and the preservation of Culture in the communities located in the surrounds of two of its offices which are situated at historically significant sites at The Point, Durban and Bo-Kaap in Cape Town.
Founded by two specialist Employment Lawyers who hailed from and left the constraints of one of the Largest Law Firms in Southern Africa, the Firm was created with a unique and contemporary spin on the mechanics, operation and practice of Law in an emerging market. This vision has been adapted and shared by their young Directors to create a true corporate meritocracy dedicated to excellence in the practice of Law.
What We Do
The firm litigates in the Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Appeals, Labour Appeal Court, Labour Court, CCMA, Bargaining Councils and various Statutory Legal and Quasi-Legal Tribunals.
In doing so the Firm offers advice, drafting and representation on all aspects of Employment law, including pensions law, benefits, contracts, employment policies, restraints of trade, dismissal law, restructuring, equal work for equal pay issues, occupational health and safety, COIDA and employment equity.
The firm is particularly renowned for its management of Collective Labour law matters as well as its success in managing large, medium and small scale strikes, the handling of violent strikes as well as unlawful conduct during strikes. It handles wage negotiations as well as large-scale Retrenchment Exercises across a broad range of industries with a particular focus on the Retail, Motor, Manufacturing, Mining, Construction, IT, Tech Development and Medical sectors.
The Firm provides training on a wide range of issues ranging from compliance, legal insight on Employment Law, Industrial Relations, Occupational Health and Safety, POPIA and FICA.
The firm’s most popular Employment Law course is “Effective discipline in the Workplace” – a module designed to train Chairpeople and Initiators on how to manage workplace discipline properly and cost-effectively.
Occupational Health and Safety
The firm dispenses advice on Occupational Health and Safety and Compensation for injuries and diseases sustained and/or acquired within the workplace. It also drafts new and reviews existing Occupational Health and Safety Policies, conducts investigations on Health and Safety Incidents on site, conducts compliance audits and provides representation at legal proceedings.
Forensic Legal Services
Both the Employment and Commercial Practitioners are involved in large, medium and small scale forensic matters, offer legally managed Forensic services, working closely with leaders in the Forensic field.
Internal Disciplinary Enquiry Services
The firm provides a host of services in this regard which includes general advice on discipline within the workplace, drafting of charges, initiating and chairing Disciplinary Enquiries.
Litigating in Africa
The Firm provides Representation in Employment Law disputes in SADC Countries, dispensing advice covering a range of legal issues, in conjunction with local in-country attorneys including in Tanzania, Lesotho, Swaziland, DRC, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi.
The Firm dispenses advice and is involved in litigation on various banking and finance matters which include Retail and Commercial banking recoveries, Commercial asset finance, Retail, Business and Debt restructuring transactions.
Commercial, Corporate Advice and Agreements
The Firm offers advisory services in Contract and Business Law for all Commercial transactions including sales of business, shares and members’ interests and all compliance requirements for all range of legislation that impacts businesses.
Correspondent services range from ad hoc instructions to full scale trial services dedicated in various Labour Court, High Court and Magistrate Courts in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Commercial, Corporate and General Litigation
The firm litigates in the Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Appeals, High Courts & Magistrates Courts.
In doing so it covers areas involving Commercial recoveries, Sectional Title disputes, Companies Act litigation (shareholder and directors), Contractual disputes, Construction and Building disputes, Property disputes, Administrative Law, Political Party disputes, Local Municipal disputes, Local Government litigation, Restraint of Trade matters, Exposure recoveries, undertaking Liquidations, Sequestration, Curator Applications and Business Rescue proceedings.
Advice on the provisions of the Companies Act, National Credit Act, Insolvency Act, Consumer Protection Act and commercial agreements.
Matrimonial, Divorce and Family Law
The Firm dispenses advice and services covering a wide range of Family Law issues.
The Firm drafts Antenuptial agreements and Wills. It also offers Family Litigation services (both in court and via mediation) including both opposed and unopposed divorce matters, proceedings related to care/custody and contact/access of children, settlement agreements and parenting plans arising from divorce, maintenance proceedings, legal proceedings related to domestic violence and post-divorce matters including the relocation of minor children to other countries.
Workplace Compliance, Due Diligence and Verification Exercises
The Firm conducts inspections and prepares workplace compliance, due diligence and verification exercises and reports which are specifically targeted at the areas of Occupational Health and Safety, COIDA, Employment Equity, POPIA, FICA and sufficient union representativity within the workplace differentiates the Firm from others within the field, who have long resisted or have simply outsourced this type of work.
Advice and litigation on various insurance issues and disputes.