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Sbu Gule

Global Vice Chairman; Chairman, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Sbu Gule

Johannesburg

T:+27 11 685 8647

Sbu is the Chairman of Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc. and the Vice Chairman of Norton Rose Fulbright and is based in Johannesburg. He is also the Deputy President of the Council of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces.

Sbu Gule has been practicing in labour and employment law for over 20 years, having been involved in landmark cases as reported in Labour and Employment law reports. Over the years he has represented major corporate clients locally and overseas across a diversity of industries, as well as government and parastatals.

He acted as a judge in the Labour Court and assessor in the High Court. Sbu was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Labour Law at the inaugural South African Professional Services Awards 2014 (SAPSA). He is regularly quoted across broadcast, online and print media.

Sbu holds BA LLB degrees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He was appointed Director at Norton Rose Fulbright in 2001 and appointed Global Chairman of Norton Rose Fulbright for 2014/2015 making him the first South African to be appointed to such a position in an International Law firm. Prior to that, he was a partner at one of the leading black labour and employment law firms in KwaZulu-Natal. Sbu is the chairman of the Supervisory Board of Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc and a member of the Global Supervisory Board and Global Audit Committees. He is the chairman of the Diversity Committee and a member of the Professional Recruitment and Development Committee at the Firm.

Sbu has been interviewed by many leading radio and television stations on a wide range of topics. He has also been profiled on the CNBC programme, “On the Couch”, SAFM, Power FM and others.

Sbu is a graduate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (formerly University of Natal) where he obtained BA LLB degrees. He was appointed as a director of the firm in 2001.Before joining Norton Rose Fulbright, he was a partner at one of the leading black labour and employment law firms in KwaZulu-Natal. Sbu is the chairman of the Supervisory Board of Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc and a member of the Global Supervisory Board and Global Audit Committees. He is also a member of the Professional Recruitment and Development Committee, and the chairman of the Diversity Committee.

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  • Memberships and activities
    • Vice President of the Council of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces
    • Member of the LSNP Ethics and Guidance and Judicial Appointments Committees
    • Council member of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) and the Gauteng Law Council