We are a team of highly regarded lawyers with
extensive experience in advising clients on complex legal matters,
litigating in various forums and drafting legislation.
MEET THE PARTNERS
Bradley has more than 20 years’ experience as a labour lawyer. He has a BA degree in Economics from the University of Cape Town, an LL.B degree from the University of the Western Cape and an LL.M degree in Labour Law from the University of Cape Town.
After completing his master’s degree, Bradley joined Cheadle Thompson & Haysom attorneys as a candidate attorney in 1997.
In 2003 Bradley joined the Employment Law Department of Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs where he later became a partner.
Bradley has been chosen by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers® list of Solicitors for South Africa in the area of Labour and Employment Law. He has also been included in WHO’S WHO LEGAL as a leading practitioner in the field of employment law. He is also a co-author of the leading publication on labour law in South Africa – Labour Relations Law: A Comprehensive Guide (Lexis Nexis) and a co-author of Strikes and the Law (Lexis Nexis).
Bradley acted as a Judge in the Labour Court on several occasions and is a past National President and honorary member of the South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW).
Liezl-Mari is the Managing Partner. She has more than 12 years’ experience as an attorney, specialising in both commercial litigation and labour law. She is also a conveyancer and notary public.
Liezl-Mari started her career as a corporate tax consultant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Deciding to pursue a career in law, she joined Cliffe Dekker for her articles and as an associate and senior associate. Thereafter, she worked at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs and then Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes where she started a labour law department and also practiced commercial litigation.
Liezl-Mari has represented clients in various forums, including the various divisions of the High Court, Supreme Court of Appeal, private arbitrations, Labour Court, Labour Appeal Court as well as the CCMA and Bargaining Councils.
Jeannette holds a BComm (Law) and LLB degree from the University of Stellenbosch. In 2013 she joined the firm as a Candidate Attorney, was appointed as an Associate in 2014, as a Senior Associate in 2016 and as a Partner on 1 March 2019.
She specialises in all areas of labour law and has acted for a broad client base including state owned enterprises, government entities, non-profits organisations, trade unions, companies, universities and individual employees.
She has experience in appearing in the Labour Courts, CCMA and bargaining councils of various industries and sectors; negotiation, chairing and representation in disciplinary hearings; providing training to clients and conducting investigations including investigations of serious misconduct by senior managers.
Jeannette represents clients in high court litigation including matters relating to commercial law, administrative law, enforcing restraints of trade and urgent applications interdicting unlawful, unprotected and/or violent strikes and protests.
She has also assisted in the drafting of legislation, collective agreements, by-laws and regulations.
Halton Cheadle is an attorney with 40 years’ experience. His areas of expertise include labour law, constitutional law, administrative law and municipal law.
He also has extensive experience in legislative drafting and has participated in the drafting of the Bill of Rights in the final Constitution, various labour statutes including the Labour Relations Act, 1995, the National Economic Development and Labour Council Act, 1994 and the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996. He recently drafted the Minimum Wage Act, as well as the amendments to the Labour Relations Act and the Code of Good Practice: Collective Bargaining, Industrial Action & Picketing and the Accord on Collective Bargaining & Industrial Action.
He has also participated in the drafting of other laws such as the Special Pensions Bill, the Electoral Bill, and the Public Administration Management Bill, 2014. He has also drafted labour laws as part of labour law reform in Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.
Halton has also been involved as author and editor of various books and journal articles on labour and constitutional law.
He has been an acting judge in the High Court and the Labour Court and has experience as an arbitrator.
Halton is the first South African to sit on the ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (CEACR), International Labour Organisation, Geneva.
He is an Emeritus Professor of Public Law at the University of Cape Town.
Darcy du Toit
Darcy was admitted as an attorney in 1974 after completing his law degree at the University of Cape Town. He obtained a doctorate in law at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands in 1979 and joined the Law Faculty at the University of the Western Cape in 1991.
From 1997 to 2001 he served as Dean of the Faculty and from 2001 to 2017 as a senior panellist of the Motor Industry Bargaining Council.
After his retirement from the University in 2011 Darcy joined BCHC as a consultant, while remaining an Emeritus Professor involved in a number of academic projects relating to work in the 4th industrial revolution. These include his role as coordinator of the Labour Law 4.0 niche area at UWC Law Faculty and as co-investigator of an international research project, FAIRWORK in the Platform Economy in the Global South, based at Oxford University in the UK.
Internationally, he has served inter alia as a Vice-President of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law and member of the advisory board of the European Labour Law Network. He is also an honorary life member of the SA Society for Labour Law (SASLAW).
Darcy’s publications include articles and chapters in books dealing with employment equity, strike law, workplace democratisation, domestic work (contributing to the adoption of ILO Convention 189 of 2011 on domestic workers) and more recently on digital platform work.
He is also the author, editor or co-author of a number of books on labour law, including Labour Relations Law (now in its 6th edition) and Labour Law Through the Cases (now in its 34th edition).
Keagan obtained both his BCom (Law) and LLB degrees from the University of the Free State and was admitted as an Attorney in May 2018. He practiced as an attorney in the Free State before joining BCHC in May 2021.
He is currently studying towards his Masters in Labour Law at the University of Stellenbosch.
Sarah obtained her LLB degree cum laude in 2018 whereafter she joined the BCHC team as a Candidate Attorney. She got admitted as an attorney in August 2020 and was retained as an Associate at the firm. Prior to her completing her LLB she worked in the recruitment industry.
Sharon is currently a Candidate Attorney. She obtained her LLB (HON) from the University of Forth Hare and an LLM degree from the University of Stellenbosch. Prior to joining BCHC she worked as a paralegal specialising in trademarks.
Hanél is currently a Candidate Attorney. She obtained her BA LLB at the University of Stellenbosch.
Kristen is currently a Candidate Attorney. She obtained her LLB and LLM (Labour law) degrees from the University of Cape Town.
ACHIEVEMENTS & ACKNOWLEDEMENTS
Human Rights Award
Halton received the Edgar Brooke’s Human Rights Award, University of Natal.
Rush McKnight Labour Law Lecture
Halton was invited to deliver a lecture at the Rush McKnight Labour Law Lecture, Distinguished Law Lecture Series, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, United States.
Best Lawyers® list of Solicitors
Bradley was included in the Best Lawyers® list of Solicitors for South Africa. He has been included every year since then.
Who’s Who Legal
Bradley was included in WHO’S WHO LEGAL as a leading employment lawyer. He has been included every year since then.
UWC Honorary Membership
Darcy was honoured by the University of the Western Cape for his significant contribution to labour law. To mark the occasion Juta published Labour Law into the future: Essays in honour of D’Arcy du Toit. The contributing authors are internationally recognised and leading researchers in the field of labour law.
Member of SASLAW
Bradley was made an honorary member of SASLAW.
Darcy and Halton were made honorary members of SASLAW.