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Donald Dinnie

Chief Executive Officer, South Africa

Donald Dinnie


T:+27 11 685 8802

Donald Dinnie is the Chief Executive Officer of our South African practice and a member of the Global Executive Committee.

He is an experienced litigator with a background in insurance and reinsurance law.  That includes healthcare, construction, engineering, product liability and recall and related regulatory Advertising Standards Authority, consumer protection and class actions disputes.

He has over 27 years’ experience in insurance and reinsurance litigation in South Africa, having regularly advised the major short-term insurers and reinsurers in South Africa and most of the major private hospital networks.  He also advised Lloyds and Lloyds syndicates and international reinsurers.  His insurance law specialisation included regulatory work and complex litigation with respect to subrogated defences and recoveries and defence work for insurers and reinsurers regarding policy response, interpretation and wording.

He frequently published and lectured on all aspects of insurance and medical law.

Before becoming Managing Director he had sat on the South African Practice Supervisory Board and later its management committee and served as head of the South African Disputes Group.

He is consistently listed in, amongst others, Chambers Global as a leading litigation lawyer; Who’s Who; Insurance and Reinsurance as a leading insurance and reinsurance practitioner; and Legal 500 as a leading disputes practitioner; and was listed as Insurance Lawyer of the Year 2015 by Best Lawyers for South Africa.   

In Chambers Global 2018 Donald is again listed as the sole eminent practitioner for dispute resolution, with the comment "Donald Dinnie maintains an impressive reputation in this sector for his depth of experience in a range of contentious disputes. He is particularly well regarded for his work in reinsurance and insurance.

The South African practice is one of the largest global legal providers in South Africa.  The firm’s regional capabilities, which include offices in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and associated offices in Zimbabwe, Uganda and Burundi continue to grow.  

The firm has ambitious growth plans for the African continent and Donald will play a key role in fulfilling these ambitions and ensuring that the considerable capabilities of our African practice are promoted through the business.

Donald obtained his BA LLB and HDip Company Law from the University of the Witwatersrand, and CML from Unisa/UP.  He is a member of the Law Societies of the Northern Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, and Cape Province.