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Sbu Gule

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

Sbu Gule


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 previously focused on immigration and employment and labour law. His practice involved representing major corporate clients based locally and overseas across a diversity of industries as well as government and parastatals. Sbu has significant experience in advising on all employment aspects arising from business sales, restructurings and shutdowns. He has been involved in labour and employment law for more than 20 years and has written articles on the subject, some of which have been published in newspapers including the Sunday Times, Business Day and other law journals. Sbu has been involved in landmark cases reported in Labour and Employment law reports and has gained experience in litigation in the Magistrate’s Court and the High Court, as well as in commercial matters. He has acted as a judge in the Labour Court and has sat as an 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).


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.