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Our lawyers provide legal expertise for all your litigation matters
We have successfully guided our clients through litigation against the country’s largest law firms and companies. Our greatest compliment comes from our colleagues in South Africa’s traditional law firms who regularly recommend their clients to us in conflict situations. They recognise the experience, value and confidence we provide to clients faced with large litigation.
Whilst we consider alternate dispute resolution procedures, clients are often forced to proceed with litigation and require a strong team who can provide clarity and support in the litigation process.
We are located opposite the Western Cape High Court but we are also experienced in High Court litigation in different jurisdictions across the country. Our experienced approach to strategy, gathering evidence from third parties and trial preparation ensures that our clients are properly protected and prepared for the litigation process.
Our clients range from large corporates (including listed companies) to small business and individuals. We are geared toward managing large litigation matters but we are equally adept at handling matters that only focus on legal issues.
Common questions we’re often asked regarding Litigation:
Litigator vs Lawyer
The terms are often used interchangeably. In a nutshell – a litigator is a specialist type of lawyer that handles the litigation process ie: the process of taking legal action against another person, group or business to solve a dispute.
The actual litigation process can include investigation, trials, settlements, appeals and more. While not all litigation ends up in court, a litigator will be well prepared to handle that aspect should it reach court.
When do I need to bring in a litigation lawyer?
If alternative methods of dispute resolution have been exhausted and no agreement has been reached, litigation is typically required to resolve the issues between parties.
What happens when a case goes to litigation?
The process typically plays out as follows:
– The plaintiff (or applicant as it may be) appoints an attorney to represent them.
– The plaintiff’s attorney issues summons.
– The defendant is served with a summons, and must answer that summons within a prescribed period;
– The defendant answers the summons and has time to plead to the issues.
– Either party may take various technical points to the other’s papers.
– Thereafter, the parties’ attorneys prepare for pre-trial and discover documents from each other.
– The parties attend a pre-trial where the matter is given a trial date.
– The trial date is confirmed and the case is presented at trial.
How long does a litigation case typically take?
This all depends on the scope and nature of the dispute between the parties, and the court’s own backlog.
Typically, a case decided by a judge in a court of law could take a minimum of eighteen months.
Often though (again depending on the nature of the dispute) the process could take up to two years or even longer.