Hermann is the head of our employment and labour practice based in Johannesburg. He focusses on collective labour law, and individual and general employment law.
He obtained his B.Com (Law) and LLB degrees from the University of Stellenbosch and was admitted as an attorney and a conveyancer during 1985. Before joining the practice, Hermann practiced employment and labour law in Cape Town for 15 years.
He represented a client in the first outsourcing dispute that was heard by our constitutional court.
Hermann acted for a major food company in an arbitration about the alleged unlawfulness of contracts with drivers who used to be employees. The constitutional issue of the contracts being contrary to public policy was the central issue in the matter. The drivers applied to the Labour Court to have the award reviewed, but were unsuccessful.
He recently gave strategic advice to a parastatal business and a major food company on major restructurings.
Hermann has been mentioned in Legal500 and is listed as a knowledgeable labour and employment lawyer in Expert Guides and the Legal Experts Directory. He was recognised by Chambers Global in Band 2 for employment in 2014.
Hermann has served as an assessor in the Labour Appeal Court, as an acting judge in the Labour Court, for a number of years as a member of the Standing Committee on Labour Law of the Law Society of SA and as a member of the National Committee of the South African Society of Labour Law.
The rules of the CCMA that limit legal representation in disputes relating to dismissals for misconduct or incapacity are valid and not unconstitutional.
September 26, 2013
After over two years before Parliament the Labour Relations Amendment Bill was finally adopted by the National Assembly yesterday after having been passed by 248 vot.
August 21, 2013
Norton Rose Fulbright advises Exxaro Resources Limited on acquisition of Total Coal for USD472 million.
August 12, 2014
Hermann Nieuwoudt is quoted in an article that discusses the new minister of Mineral Resources. His aggressive approach to resolve strikes is the first most public e.
May 28, 2014