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Irvin Lawrence is an Executive at ENSafrica in the Employment department. He specialises in employment and constitutional law.
He has litigated in this area for corporate clients, multi-nationals, state departments and para-statals. He has also acted for a number of employer organisations, bargaining councils and retirement funds.
Irvin’s experience includes conducting arbitrations and mediations and he has appeared in the High Court, the Labour Court and the Labour Appeal Court. He also has experience in business restructuring, retirement fund structuring/disputes and in the sales/transfers of businesses as going concerns. He has advised on various commercial modalities with regard to the transfer of businesses as well as corporate re-organisations.
Irvin’s other area of interest includes black economic empowerment, in particular the structuring of specific transactions with a view to optimising scoring for broad based black economic empowerment.
He has been a representative of the Ship Owners Associations of South Africa and the Association of Ships Agents in South Africa - in their respective contributions to the origination of the Department of Transport’s Sector Charter in the Marine Sector. He was appointed as an Arbitrator to the Court of Sport in Lausanne Switzerland from 2003 to 2006. He has served on SASLAW from 2011 to 2013, and presently serves on the South African Law Reform Commission as a Commissioner. He has also served as an Acting Judge of the Labour Court of South Africa.
Irvin is recognised as a leading/recommended lawyer by:
- The Legal 500 2016 – Labour and Employment (South Africa)
- Best Lawyers® 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 – Labour and Employment (South Africa)
- BA (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
- LLB (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
- LLM (corporate law) (University of South Africa)
- Admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa