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Michael is a litigation lawyer based in Johannesburg. He focusses on litigation and the insurance industry with emphasis on liability and, in particular, professional liability insurance, directors and officers liability, corporate governance, and construction and engineering.
Over the past 48 years he has acted as advisor to, and attorney for, auditors, engineers, architects, financial and insurance brokers and other professionals. He acted as advisor to the regulatory bodies in respect of many of these professions. He served as a member of the Ministerial Short Term Insurance Advisory Committee for a number of years and has acted as a Commissioner in a Government appointed Commission of Enquiry into regional low-cost housing. He has acted as lead or consulting partner on major litigation cases and infrastructural project disputes.
Michael has consistently been ranked Band 1 in dispute resolution and insurance by Chambers Global and other legal directories. He retains this Band 1 status in the 2018 rankings.
Chambers Global 2014 states that "The 'superb' Michael Hart is renowned throughout the market for his years of experience, with particular praise reserved for his expertise in professional liability matters.” Chambers global, 2015 also states that “Michael Hart is an esteemed litigator with a focus on insurance liability as well as disputes related to construction and engineering.” Michael is also listed as a leading individual for dispute resolution in Legal500, 2018. Who’s Who Legal, 2016 listed Michael as an expert in insurance and reinsurance.
He holds a BA, LLB (WITS) and is a CEDR Accredited Mediator. He joined the practice in 1968 and was admitted as an attorney in February 1970. He was made a partner in 1971 and was appointed Chairman in 1999. He retired as chairman in April 2011 and as a director in 2018 but remains in practice as an active consultant.