Siham Boda

Siham has undertaken key assignments for clients in Financial, Law Enforcement, Mining, Insurance, Medical insurance and Manufacturing industries. Siham is able to bring a wide range of her legal and investigative experience, strong analytical and communication skills to commercial mediation matters, facilitating solutions by managing the process in order for the parties to constructively explore solutions. Having an MBA background Siham is a mediator who understands the commercial landscape and the constraints and pressures facing business people thereby facilitating fluid solutions in real time.

Siham has been trained in the commercial and workplace mediation and is accredited in South Africa by Conflict Dynamics/ African Centre for Dispute Settlement and in the UK through CEDR.


BA LLB (UCT), M.Phil (UCT), LLM (Wits) MBA (UCT/HKUST), Advocate of the High Court of South Africa.


Siham specialises in commercial mediation, workplace mediation, dispute resolution and mediation training, mediation simulation workshops for parties about to enter the mediation process for the first time as well as providing mediation support to parties involved in mediation.

Siham can be contacted at:


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 and an arbitrator. Gerhard also worked in the legal department at a leading financial institution as a senior legal adviser. In 2003 he was appointed as the first Internal Ombudsman (later changed to Internal Arbitrator) in the financial services industry in South Africa, a position he held for 7 years. Gerhard is also a member of The Disciplinary Committee of the Actuarial Society of South Africa.

Mediates in all Civil, Commercial and Family Disputes including:

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

Contact details:

Email: | Tel. +27 (0) 21 423 1528
Mobile :+27 (0) 82 491 0731 | Fax: +27 (0) 86 597 6178
Adv Gerhard de Kock
3rd Floor Waalburg Building, 28 Wale Street, Cape Town


Chris Fick

Chris is an attorney, notary and conveyancer with more than 30 years of experience in practice. He has been accredited as a Civil and Commercial Mediator by Conflict Dynamics (African Centre for Dispute Resolution) and CEDR (London, UK). He obtained his BA. LL.B. at Stellenbosch University in 1978, articled 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.

Preferred areas of practice:

  • Property Law and Conveyancing
  • Notarial Practice

Mediates in all Civil and Commercial disputes including:

  • Property Law and Conveyancing
  • Sectional Titles and Home Owners Associations
  • Notarial Practice
  • Trusts, Wills and Estates
  • Estate Agency and Commission Disputes
  • Family Law 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 Gunstons 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, debt collection, administration of deceased estates, RAF matters 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 on Politics and Psychology followed by BA (Hons) in Psychology, both part time through UNISA. Having decided that a career in law was his true passion, Grant then went back to university (full time at 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 Gunstons Attorneys, with all that that involves, and has also developed his skills and a strong interest in mediation as one of the dispute resolution tools available to clients, alongside litigation and arbitration. He is trained both 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.

Grant is also a mediation trainer, and is able to offer full 5-day courses, as well as shorter seminars on mediation-related topics. He has been a regular contributor for some years to a pro bono mediation project at the Childrens Court, based at the Wynberg Magistrates Court. He is also a member of FAMAC.

Grant may be contacted at:

Email: | Tel. +27 (021) 702 7763
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 417 9039 | Fax: (021) 702 7747
Gunstons Attorneys
Block F, Terraces, Steenberg Office Park, Tokai, Cape Town


Jacques Joubert

Jacques's manifesto is to resolve disputes with integrity. He is an advocate who practices mainly in the field of alternative dispute resolution. He worked as a magistrate before joining the Cape Bar in 1992. Jacques practised as a member of the Cape Bar for 14 years, where he gained invaluable experience in negotiation, litigation and arbitration. He also practised commercial law in Canada, where he discovered the potential of mediation. Jacques is an experienced arbitrator who has expanded his practice to include commercial mediation. He obtained international mediation accreditation from the ADR Group in the UK and has since 2008 built a successful commercial mediation practice. He trains mediators for the prestigious Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Jacques is the author of the wildly popular, sometimes upstream mediation blog Woza mediationSouth Africa.

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:

Email: | Tel. +27 (021) 4249200
Mobile: +27 (0) 76 907 1361 | Fax: (021) 461 00591
Adv Jacques Joubert
Waalford Building Cnr Plein & Commercial Street, Cape Town


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'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!