Labour Lawyer & Mediator
Partnering with you
Deale Attorneys is a specialist labour & commercial mediation firm with offices in Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal.
We have significant experience in partnering with clients to resolve legal disputes and comply with legal complexities so they can grow their businesses successfully.
We take a real interest in your business to understand what makes it tick. With small firm operating costs and big firm experience, we can offer our clients a more personal service at reasonable rates.
We advise and represent business owners, employers, state institutions and senior individuals on a wide range of labour law and commercial dispute resolution issues.
We would enjoy partnering with you!
Labour Case Planner
If you can't see the wood for the trees
We offer a convenient online service to help you plan your case for a Disciplinary Enquiry or CCMA Arbitration. We’ve conducted and represented clients in enquiries and arbitrations in over 400 cases over the years. We’ll use our experience and expertise to help prepare your case so you can present it with confidence and best results.
Your Case Plan will include: Your Prospects of Success, the Strengths & Weaknesses of your case, the Key Legal Issues, Evidence & Witness Statements, questions for cross-examination and Guidelines for the Procedure.
We’d first like to get some basic information about you and your case. We’ll assess your prospects and let you know if we can help you to plan your case.
PS: You’re welcome to contact me at any time on
083 375 8771.
Patrick Deale BA LLB
Patrick has worked in law and alternative dispute resolution for 25 years in a wide range of industries and sectors. As a senior legal executive for a listed company, he gained first-hand experience of the issues business managers and employees deal with day-to-day.
Patrick co-founded Tokiso Dispute Settlement (Pty) Ltd in 2000, the largest private dispute resolution agency in the country, where he was full-time CEO for six years. He is a highly skilled and experienced labour negotiator, mediator, arbitrator and facilitator. He is a commercial mediator, coach and assessor, accredited by CEDA (UK). He also serves as Acting Judge of the Labour Court.
He is the co-author of the Labour Relations Handbook, published by Juta, and has been a regular host of the Labour Line on Talk Radio 702. Patrick established Deale Attorneys to focus on the opportunity to improve and build successful South African business relationships, in partnership with business clients.
Latest News Updates from Deale Attorneys
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TRUST AT THE TOP: Can a Board of Directors skip the disciplinary procedure and use a fast-track procedure to dismiss a CEO when they believe the trust relationship has broken down?
TRUST AT THE TOP: Can a Board of Directors skip the disciplinary procedure and use a fast-track procedure to dismiss a CEO when they believe the trust relationship has broken down? This possibility of such a novel procedure emerged in the Labour Court in October. The CEO applied to court for an urgent interdict to […]
WEED AT WORK: What should employers do about cannabis in the workplace? Employers may be wondering what to do about employees who want to exercise their newly acquired rights as adults to – “…use or cultivate or possess cannabis in private for his her personal consumption”. Constitutional Court The Con-Court has thus declared that it’s perfectly […]
It’s tough to lose a case in arbitration – especially if you were convinced you’d win. You’re convinced the arbitrator got it wrong and you’re thinking about taking it on review to the Labour Court. If you do, you’ll be in for the long haul – about two years, six figure legal costs and no […]
SPLITTING CHARGES: Do multiple charges arising from a single act of misconduct make dismissal more likely?
SPLITTING CHARGES: Do multiple charges arising from a single act of misconduct make dismissal more likely? Workplace disciplinary enquiries have morphed into processes which mimic criminal trials. It starts with the choice of language. “Alleged Misconduct” has become “Charges”. And for extra gravity, Charges add “Counts” as sub-charges flowing from the primary Charge with criminal […]
EXCEPTIONS: Labour Court takes strong exception to an Exception The purpose of an Exception is to object to a defect in the opposing party’s pleadings. Typical exceptions are that the statement of claim is “vague and embarrassing” or that it “does not disclose a cause of action”. The main case can’t proceed until the Exception […]
DOUBLE DIPPING: Can an employee claim compensation for unfair dismissal and unfair discrimination in the same case?
DOUBLE DIPPING: Can an employee claim compensation for unfair dismissal and unfair discrimination in the same case? The Labour Court recently confirmed that the two types of claims can indeed be made in the same case. The case concerned an employee who was dismissed by ABSA for gross misconduct. An internal enquiry had found her […]
SHOP STEWARD MISCONDUCT – Where do you draw the line between a shop steward’s duties as a union representative and duties as an employee?
SHOP STEWARD MISCONDUCT – Where do you draw the line between a shop steward’s duties as a union representative and duties as an employee? There’s a built-in conflict between the two roles so it’s often difficult to clearly define exactly where the line lies. As an employee, the shop steward has a duty to submit […]