• Constitutional Court
  • Litigation relating to constitutional issues and rights
  • High Court
  • Motion Court appearances
  • Civil litigation
  • Commercial litigation
  • Matrimonial and family law litigation
  • Motor vehicle accident claims
  • Personal injury claims
  • Liquidations and Insolvencies
  • Criminal law cases
  • Magistrate's Court
  • Civil litigation
  • Criminal cases in both district and regional courts
  • Arbitrations and Mediation - in civil and matrimonial disputes
  • Debt Collections - All aspects of debt recovery

We offer a complete range of litigation services in the fields of civil, constitutional and criminal law. Our approach to litigation is a pragmatic one, where the resolution of disputes by the most commercially satisfactory method is preferred to lengthy and expensive litigation proceedings. Alternative means of dispute resolution are increasingly being adopted in suitable cases as an informal and rapid way of resolving disputes and these are being recommended to clients whenever appropriate.

Mpumelelo Mchunu (Partner)

Mpumelelo Mchunu

Mpumelelo completed his articles with Austen Smith in 2010, and was admitted as an Attorney in the same year. He has a general litigation practice in both the Magistrate's and High Court, which deals with a variety of matters including corporate work, insurance claims, the drawing of agreements, Family Law and Matrimonial Law matters.

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.

Melanie completed her articles of clerkship with Austen Smith in 1999 and was admitted to practices 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.