Siham Boda

Siham has undertaken key assignments for clients in numerous sectors including Education, Financial Services, Insurance, Law Enforcement, Medical insurance, Mining, Manufacturing, Public Transportation and Retail . Siham brings a wide range of legal and investigative experience, strong analytical and communication skills to commercial and workplace disputes and conflicts. She facilitates processes leading to solutions that enable clients to obtain meaningful results and reduce their exposure to otherwise costly litigation or arbitration. When mediating processes, Siham often draws upon her experience in the corporate and public sectors to analyse opportunities, constraints and pressures facing clients to identify and reach sustainable resolution to their disputes. In addition to mediation, Siham is experienced in leading large group facilitation processes for organisations that are experiencing conflict or change and she is often called upon to chair workplace disciplinary hearings.

Siham enjoys mediating processes both face to face and over video conference platforms to enable participation of the parties from any geographical location, reducing travel costs and otherwise unnecessary delays.

Siham is accredited in South Africa by Conflict Dynamics/African Centre for Dispute Settlement and in the United Kingdom by the Center for Effective Dispute Resolution for commercial mediation .


  • Mediation: Commercial and workplace
  • Training: Dispute resolution, Commercial and workplace mediation
  • Preparation: Mediation simulations prior to mediation on their ideal strategy and mediation plan
  • Representation: Advising a party to a Mediation
  • Digital Mediation
  • Chair disciplinary hearings

BA LLB (UCT), M.Phil (UCT), LLM (Wits) MBA (UCT/HKUST), Advocate of the High Court of South Africa, CD/ACDR Accredited Mediator, CEDR accredited mediator br>
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MC Coetzer

MC Coetzer practicses as an attorney and conveyancer with the firm Chris Fick & Associates in Cape Town. He completed his BProc degree at the University of Pretoria and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Dispute Settlement through the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Preferred areas of practise:

  • Commercial Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Property Law
  • Sectional Titles and Home Owners Associations
  • Family Law

Contact MC at:

Email: | Tel. +27 (0)21 424 3937
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 349 4582 | Fax: +27 (0) 21 424 8064
Chris Fick & Associates
4th Floor Waalburg Building. Wale Str, Cape Town


Gerhard de Kock

Gerhard obtained his BA LLB at Stellenbosch University in 1978. He was admitted as an advocate in August 1979 and was a former Senior State Advocate and a former member of the Cape Bar. He served on the Cape Bar Council for two terms during his membership at the Cape Bar. Gerhard completed his commercial mediation training through Conflict Dynamics in June 2008 and is an internationally CEDR (London, UK) accredited commercial mediator. Gerhard also serves as an arbitrator and adjudicator and is a Fellow member of the Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa). Gerhard is also a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Actuarial Society of South Africa and a former Chairperson of the Independent Health Complaints Committee of the Western Cape.

Mediates and arbitrates in all Civil and Commercial Disputes including:

  • Commercial-general
  • Insurance
  • Financial Services
  • Pension and Employee benefits
  • Personal Injury
  • Franchising
  • Real Estate and Property
  • Sectional Titles and Home Owners Associations
  • Labour and Workplace Conflict
  • Healthcare
  • Construction
  • Tax.

Contact details:



Chris Fick

Chris is an attorney, notary and conveyancer with a special interest in Property Law and Mediation. He obtained his BA. LL.B. at Stellenbosch University in 1978, did his articles with Jan S De Villiers & Son in Cape Town in 1979 - 1980, and practiced at Bisset Boehmke McBlain for 18 years before setting up Chris Fick in Associates in 1998. He was accredited as a Civil and Commercial Mediator by Conflict Dynamics (African Centre for Dispute Resolution) and CEDR (London, UK) in 2012.

Preferred areas of practice:

  • Property Law and Conveyancing
  • Property Marketing and Contract Negotiation
  • Wills and Estates
  • Notarial Practice

Mediates in all Civil and Commercial disputes including:

  • Property Law and Conveyancing
  • Sectional Titles and Homeowners’ Associations
  • Notarial Practice
  • Trusts, Wills and Estates
  • Estate Agency and Commission Disputes
  • Personal / Private disputes


Email: | Tel. +27 (0) 21 424 3937
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 491 0032 | Fax: +27 (0) 21 424 8064
Chris Fick & Associates Inc.
4th Floor Waalburg Building. Wale Str, Cape Town


Grant Gunston

Grant started the firm Gunston Strandvik Attorneys in 1995, and has practised in a wide range of areas of law over the years. These areas include commercial law, property law, both civil and criminal litigation, human rights law, administration of deceased estates and a host of general legal issues. He is a duly admitted conveyancer.

Before studying law, Grant gained about 5 years' experience in the corporate world, working in actuarial and marketing environments; and he also completed a BA degree in Politics and Psychology followed by BA (Hons) in Psychology, both through UNISA. Having decided that a career in law was his true passion, Grant then went back to university (UCT) and regards this as one of the best decisions he has made, as he thoroughly enjoys law and legal practice.

More recently Grant has spent much of his time focusing on managing and growing the firm Gunston Strandvik Attorneys, with emphasis on developing a client-centred approach to law. This thinking has contributed to his passion for alternative methods of dispute resolution, and being able to offer clients a wide an adaptable set of options. He is trained and practises in commercial and family mediation and sees mediation as a growth area in the South African legal environment, as its merits are often compelling (though of course each situation needs to be evaluated).

Apart from being a founder member of AIM, Grant is a member of FAMAC, and has been a regular contributor for some years to a pro bono mediation project at the Wynberg Children’s Court.

Grant is also a mediation trainer, and is able to offer full 5-day courses, as well as shorter seminars on mediation and creative dispute resolution.

He may be contacted at:

Email: | Tel. +27 (021) 702 7763
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 417 9039


Jacques Joubert

Jacques Joubert practiced as an advocate at the Cape Bar. He discovered mediation in 2007 while working at a law firm in Canada. In 2008 he qualified as a trained mediation and started working nearly full time as a mediator. He has to date mediated disputes that range from conflict between business owners, local government and service providers, large corporations, communities and sexual harassment in the workplace. A few years ago Jacques successfully mediated the challenging relocation of 106 families from an informal settlement in Stellenbosch to their own serviced houses.

In 2013 he designed and developed the UCT commercial mediation training material based primarily on his personal experience of mediation between 2008 and 2013.

Jacques has since 2013 together with UCT and MiM (Pty) Ltd trained mediators who now serve on Mediation in Motion’s panel. He has over the years written articles published internationally by and locally by Legal brief.

Jacques provides professional online mediation services during the Covid19 pandemic. He may be contacted at 076 907 1361 or for a free half an hour pre-mediation meeting with both parties. At this meeting he explains how his personal mediation process and online mediation works.

Jacques's preferred areas of practice are:

  • Corporate, including shareholder
  • Contractual
  • Business, including Family Business
  • Trusts and Property
  • Personal Injury/delict
  • Sectional Title / Homeowners’ Association
  • Information Technology
  • Insurance
  • Drafting of ADR clauses
  • Dispute System Design
  • Training

Contact details:

Mobile: +27 (0) 76 907 1361


Hannchen Louw

Hannchen Louw is a non-practising attorney. She has worked as a manager for Sasol in their commercial/legal department, responsible for large engineering contracts, and as a legal advisor to a property developer. She currently serves on a number of boards and acts as a legal consultant to clients in various fields, specialising in property, company law and related commercial work.

Hannchen qualified as an internationally accredited mediator with the ADR Group in 2009 and has since successfully acted as a mediator and arbitrator in various matters, focusing on sectional title, construction and contractual disputes. She is a member of the inaugural panel of mediators in South Africa of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and has also completed the Divorce Mediation course of the Law Society. Hannchen is also a part-time adjudicator on the panel of the Community Schemes Ombud.

Hannchen's fields of expertise are:

  • Corporate General
  • Shareholders and Directors
  • General Business
  • Family Business
  • Trusts
  • Property and Finance
  • Sectional Title
  • Homeowners' Association
  • Divorce

Contact details:

Hannchen Louw
4 Melba Road, Newlands, 7700
Tel: 021 657 5500 / 021 887 1260 / 021 674 0542 / 083 283 5451
Email: alternatively,


Alan Nelson

After spending 35 years as a highly successful high court advocate, Alan Nelson has resigned from the Cape Bar and currently offers his expertise as an internationally qualified and accredited mediator in all facets of civil and commercial law.

Alan qualified as a lawyer in 1975, attaining his BA LLB Law degree, Cum Laude, at Stellenbosch University, after which he qualified as an attorney before becoming an advocate in 1978. Silk status was conferred upon him by theState President in 1993 and he has been a senior advocate for more than twenty years.

Over the years Alan has attained vast experience and knowledge of the law and he has played a major role in settling numerous disputes between litigants, including private individuals, the state as well as many large national and multi-national corporations.

Alan is passionate about mediation and is convinced that it is a far better way of achieving just outcomes. He is accordingly ideally equipped to assist parties that would prefer to resolve their differences in this manner.

David Smit

David Smit's interest lies in acting as a mediator in commercial, property, trust and estate-related matters and in assisting attorney colleagues and their clients in all aspects of negotiation and mediation.

David is a Director in the legal firm, De Klerk & van Gend Inc, and is presently based at its Claremont office. The firm also has offices in Cape Town and Bellville.

David graduated with a BA from Rhodes University, an LLB from Stellenbosh University and in 2012 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Dispute Settlement (Cum Laude) through the University of Stellenbosch's Business School. He is accredited as a mediator by Conflict Dynamics/African Centre for Dispute Resolution (CD/ACDR) and by Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (UK) (CEDR).

During the 30 years that he has practised as an Attorney and Conveyancer, David has accumulated a broad knowledge in various fields of law. His particular expertise covers Commercial law, Estates and Trusts, with his specialisation being in the arena of Property law. This has included involvement in a number of complex Property developments, Sectional Title developments and Home Owners' Associations.

He serves as a Commissioner of the Small Claims Court, which he has done for many years and is a long-standing member of the Cape Law Society's Property Law Committee.

David may be contacted at:
De Klerk & van Gend Inc.
2 Oakdale Road

Tel. +27 (021) 683-3553/4
Mobile: +27 (0) 83 453 9292
Fax: +27 (0) 866159971 / +27 (0) 6713829


James Wynne

James is an admitted attorney and a trained commercial mediator. He works predominantly in corporate and commercial law. As a freelance lawyer/legal advisor, he consults to his own clients and to select attorneys’ firms in Cape Town.

After qualifying as an attorney and working in a large, Cape law firm, he went into one of the Big Four accounting firms as a corporate lawyer; thereafter an overseas stint as in-house legal counsel for a Swiss firm was followed by a return to SA for a few years in management in Johannesburg.

He has, therefore, broad experience in professional services and while he specializes in commercial law, his experience in non-legal environments makes him a legal generalist with a business-orientated approach.

On this basis, he has conducted commercial dispute resolution proceedings and has been appointed in temporary roles, such as an acting franchise manager and an acting executive director, where warring parties were unable to effectively talk to each other and required the intervention of a facilitative third party to break deadlock. He enjoys keeping fit – yoga, gym, running – the Karoo, hiking and red wine!

Contact details:

Mobile: +27 (0) 79 079 4121