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Donald Dinnie

Managing Director, South Africa

Donald Dinnie


T:+27 11 685 8802

F:+27 11 301 3200

Donald is the Managing Director of South African practice and is based in Johannesburg.

Prior to being appointed in this role, he practiced in arbitration and insurance and reinsurance litigation and dispute resolution, healthcare, construction and engineering insurance disputes, product liability and recall and all related regulatory Advertising Standards Authority, consumer protection and class actions disputes.

He 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 publishes and lectures on all aspects of insurance and medical law.

He is, amongst others, listed in Chambers Global with respect to dispute resolution. Donald is recognised by Who’s Who: Insurance and Reinsurance 2013 as a leading insurance and reinsurance practitioner in the world and as having a “global reputation for excellence”. He is consistently listed in, amongst others, Chambers Global and Legal 500 as a leading disputes practitioner and highly regarded for product liability. He is Insurance Lawyer of the Year 2015 by Best Lawyers and is also listed as recommended dispute resolution lawyer in Legal500, 2015.

"Donald Dinnie is praised across the board for his experience, practical and commercial advice, and accessibility. Clients feel at ease when working with him thanks to his meticulous expertise: 'He keeps at the cutting edge of various areas of law and when you call him you can be sure that the answer you get is correct’.” Chambers Global, 2014.

Chambers Global, 2015
states that “Donald Dinnie leads the firm's litigation and dispute resolution practice in South Africa. He focuses on insurance matters, and receives high praise from clients: "He's very commercially minded and very proactive."

Donald is a vice chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee. 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. He is a member of the South African practice’s Supervisory Board.