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Derik Jaftha Attorneys (Durban)

Phone Number:
+27 (0)31 303 2115
Email address:
Areas Of Practice:
Access to Children, Adoption, Antenuptial Contracts, Anti-discrimination, Arbitration, Association Agreements, Bail, Bail (24hrs / After Hours), Black Empowerment, Blacklistings, Business Law, Childrens Rights, Civil, Commercial, Commercial Drafting, Company Law, Consumer Law, Contracts, Conveyancing, Criminal, Custody, Debt Collections, Deceased Estates, Divorce, Divorce Mediation, Domestic Violence, Drunk Driving, Due Diligence Audits, Employee Benefits, Employment Equity, Employment Law, Estates, Evictions, Family Law, Forensic Investigations, Fraud, Fraud Recovery, General Practice, Government Tenders, High Court Practice, Industrial Relations, Insolvency, Joint Ventures and Acquisitions , Labour Law, Leases, Litigation (Commercial), Litigation (Corporate), Litigation (Criminal), Litigation (General), Litigation (High Court), Litigation (Magistrates Court), Maintenance, Matrimonial, Mediation, Occupational Health and Safety, Partnership Agreements, Road Accident Fund claim / 3rd Party claim, Sale of Business, Sequestrations, Sexual Harassment, Shareholders Agreements, State Negligence, Trusts, White Collar Crime, Wills
Years of Practice:
64 Harvey Road, , Morningside, , Durban
Kwazulu Natal / Durban
Postal Address:
P O Box 10171, Marine Parade, 4056
How to find us:
Situated between Stamford Hill and Windermere Road (accessible from either Argyle Road or Goble Road), opposite Windermere Centre, Morningside, Durban.

We are widely considered as one of the leading labour firms in South Africa. What makes us different is built on three principles: 

OUR KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE EXTENDS OUTSIDE OF LAW - Our experience ranges from criminal investigation, commercial crime investigation, human resources, loss control and risk management, psychology, due diligence auditing and dispute resolution. This allows for ‘out of the box’ advice that motivates a results driven philosophy.

OUR TRACK RECORD - We have achieved landmark decisions in the country’s highest Courts, such as the Labour Court of Appeal, the Criminal Appeals Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein. 

OUR FEE STRUCTURE - Many law firms work on billing the maximum number of hours. We focus on providing value and ensuring that we take into our account our client’s financial situation.

OUR TEAM - Our firm is comprised of a team of talented attorneys who have graduated from highly regarded law schools. All of our Attorneys are admitted to practise in South Africa, and have actively furthered their education through postgraduate degrees. 



We represent clients of every type and size, from multi-national corporations to employees who have been unfairly dismissed. We have represented clients in precedent setting cases that have changed labour legal principles in South Africa.

Our services include:

  • Advising clients on
  • employment contracts
  • disciplinary codes and procedures
  • disciplinary action for incapacity
  • disciplinary action for misconduct
  • retrenchment negotiations
  • conducting of poor work performance investigations and hearings
  • grievance policies and procedures, including sexual harassment and HIV/AIDS.
  • Representing clients at all forums including the CCMA, Bargaining Council and Labour Court
  • Conducting a review on employment law policies and practices to ensure that there is legal compliance
  • Overseeing and managing all of client’s labour related needs
  • Training staff on the latest labour laws and regulations
  • Chairing of disciplinary hearings on behalf of employers



When there is a possibility of strike action looming, we are on standby to launch any urgent applications in order to:

  • interdict unprotected strikes
  • curb strike violence, particularly against non-striking employees
  • evict renegade workers from the workplace

Our goal is to ensure compliance with agreed negotiation and dispute resolution procedures. Therefore, we are ready to assist in order to compel compliance with the Labour Relations Act, any recognition agreement and relevant civil and criminal law.

We also can draft plans to enforce any duty to negotiate in good faith and to ballot in terms of a recognition agreement.



We have extensive experience in:

  • criminal investigation,
  • prosecution and defense
  • representing clients at the initial bail hearing right through to the trial

In addition, we offer services in fraud risk assessments and forensic investigations as well.



The Firm has a thriving civil litigation practice. We represent a variety of clients including a recent R30 million dispute between a Hospital and a Doctor.

Our knowledge is grounded on court room experience. We are ready to assist you on:

  • damages claims
  • insolvency and liquidations
  • breach of contract



We draft wills for clients and administer trusts and deceased estates. We also attend to conveyancing of property, upon request.



We are in a position to draft niche commercial agreements ranging from purchase and sale agreements to business leases.

We advise clients on various commercial aspects including, Suretyship Contracts, Lease and Credit Agreements, and Memorandums of Incorporation.



We are a certified Level 1 Contributor with BEE recognition of 110%

 All our Attorneys are qualified, and duly admitted by the South African High Court to practice law

 We have achieved National SETA accreditation for services

 We are members in good standing of:

  •  KwaZulu-Natal Law Society
  •  Durban Chamber of Commerce
  •  South African Labour Law Association
  •  iLembe Chamber of Commerce
Derik Jaftha
Derik Jaftha, Aslam Moolla, Adrian Moodley, Bonga Sibiya, Jaydene Fitzgerald
Contact Person:
Derik Jaftha or Talischa Towsen

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