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First-class regional team



ENSAfrica’s employment team is headed from South Africa by Dion Masher. Former head Brian Patterson is still a key name in Johannesburg. Team members are also based in Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, and Uganda.

The team is a go-to for international firms seeking support in Africa, owing to its extensive knowledge both of countries where it has offices and beyond. Clients include multinationals and state-owned enterprises.

The department has reinforced its offering with the promotion of Siphamandla Dube in Johannesburg and David Adu-Tutu in Accra to the partnership in 2022.


The team offers broad expertise across a host of issues facing employers, including the development and implementation of staff policies, health and safety considerations, and senior employee dismissals or exits.

The group’s skillset extends to advising on the employment aspects of business-critical decisions, from restructuring and M&A transactions, through to outsourcing, including cross-border matters. The team is also expert in assisting distressed companies with their employment issues.

Global mobility is another area of expertise, including split employment contracts for employees working across several jurisdictions. Specialists in the team are also adept at drafting executive agreements, and restrictive covenant provisions.

Industrial relations expertise spans collective bargaining, strike management and other conflicts with unions, and retrenchments.

Other contentious work for the group includes disputes relating to unfair dismissals, breaches of fiduciary duty, and outsourcing. Members of the team are further adept at supporting companies in investigations.

Another notable area of prowess is in employee benefits. Team members are well-versed in assisting clients with share incentives and bonus structures, as well as pensions. The team also offers know-how in data privacy and intellectual property matters.

Team members regularly run training sessions to further support clients. In particular, sexual harassment experts in the group are well placed to advise on policies and deliver training programmes aimed at prevention.

Experts based in...

Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, and Uganda.

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