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. He has also dealt with the South African aspects of restructuring and 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 courts and the Labour Appeal Court. Brian has also acted as a labour court judge and was an assessor of the Labour Appeal Court.

Brian is co-author of the South Africa chapter of a number of international comparative employment law publications.

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