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Labour Law

  • Employment contracts, including conditions of employment
  • Negotiation of collective agreements
  • Wage negotiations
  • Dispute resolution
  • Representation in CCMA and Labour Courts

Nicci joined Austen Smith in 2016 as a Consultant in South African Labour Law. Nicci’s academic qualifications include BA(UNP), LLB(UNP), LLM(UKZN). With regard to her professional qualifications, Nicci is an Admitted Attorney and Accredited Instructor of the Law Society of South Africa, she is currently a Commissioner of the CCMA since 2000 and is a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg. Nicci is acknowledged as One of the Top Published Researchers at UKZN and is the Author of Labour Law Principles and Interactive Exercises (Whitear-Nel & Sullivan) (2000)

Melanie completed her articles of clerkship with Austen Smith in 1999 and was admitted to practice as an attorney in the same year. Melanie practices in the High and Magistrates’ Court, the Land Claims Court and the Labour Court and specialises in labour law, land claims, evictions and general litigation.  Melanie represents a significant number of farming clients, advising them, particularly, on labour-related land issues. Since July 2004, Melanie has practiced as a consultant to the firm.