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.

Kath completed her articles of clerkship with Austen Smith and was admitted as an Attorney in 2002. She joined the partnership on 1 March 2005. She has specialised in family law and matrimonial law with a general civil litigation practice in both the High Court and Magistrate’s Court and has handled Plaintiff claims against the Road Accident Fund. She has handled labour matters, representing clients in the CCMA and the Labour Court and drawing contracts and disciplinary procedures and policies. She is also a Conveyancer.

Heidi studied towards her LLB qualification through UNISA - graduating in 2015. She served articles at Austen Smith Attorneys and was admitted as an attorney soon after in 2017. She is presently appointed as a Professional Assistant in the Litigation Department at Austen Smith Attorneys, with special focus on labour matters.