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  • 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.

Callum served his Articles of Clerkship at Hathorn Cameron in 1976-77 which was the same firm where in 1900 his grandfather had also been an Articled Clerk, before venturing out on his own under the name Smythe & co three years later.  Hathorns have now amalgamated with Austen Smith.  After completing Articles Callum studied at Edinburgh University for two years before joining the family firm where his own father also practised, in 1980.  He has always been in Litigation and still enjoys appearing as Counsel in the High Court.  Some say he is the rascally Ou Suipie whose ramblings appear in Austen Smith's newsletter. He declines to comment.

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.