Brian Patterson

Brian Patterson

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Brian Patterson is head of ENSafrica’s employment department. He specialises in integrated employment solutions, international split employment contracts, global mobility, executive terminations, restructuring and retrenchments, transfers of business, employment equity and unfair discrimination, collective bargaining, employment-related pension law matters, and drafting and enforcement of restraint of trade agreements, as well as the law relating to confidentiality and privacy.

Brian has done extensive African employment law work and significant international employment law work in the United States and the United Kingdom, and for many overseas law firms. He is qualified in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Brian has acted for numerous African and international clients and has provided advice to corporate clients in most sectors, including the financial services, retail, hospitality/gaming, pharmaceutical, mining, metal engineering, ITC and chemical industries. He has also dealt with the South African aspects of restructuring/mergers of multinationals in respect of a number of jurisdictions.

In addition, Brian’s experience includes giving tactical and strategic individual and collective employment law advice, and he has extensive litigious and corporate employment law experience. He also engages in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms when necessary.

Brian has been involved with some of the leading employment law cases reported in southern Africa since the inception of employment law, and he has personally argued many matters in the Labour Court and the Labour Appeal Court. Brian has also acted as a judge of the Labour Court and was an assessor of the Labour Appeal Court.

Brian is co-author of the South African chapter of the International Labour and Employment Compliance Handbook and The Employment Law Review and has contributed articles in many local and international publications. He is a regular speaker on employment and labour law issues and has appeared on many television programmes over the years.

Brian is recognised as a leading/recommended lawyer by: Chambers and Partners Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers (2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014) – employment (South Africa); The Legal 500 Guide to Outstanding Lawyers (2016, 2015 and 2014) – labour and employment (South Africa); Who’s Who Legal (2016 and 2014) – labour and employment (South Africa); Best Lawyers (2017 and 2016) – labour and employment (South Africa).

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