David Kapelus

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

David Kapelus

David Kapelus


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David is a disputes and litigation lawyer based in Johannesburg and heads up our rail sector. He specialises in litigation and dispute resolution including insurance disputes, general liability, transport-related disputes, fires, personal injury litigation, and medical law and malpractice.

He has been doing insurance related litigation work including risk assessment and dispute and litigation handling since joining the firm in 1990, including for the state-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and Transnet SOC Ltd and their respective insurers, covering various aspects of rail related litigation including derailments, train accidents, systems failures and passenger injury claims. He has also handled general insurance claims for various underwriters, and fire and electricity related litigation and liability claims for the South African electricity utility, Eskom.

David is certified in the Root Cause Analysis Technique (RCAT) method of accident investigations, conducted through Eskom. This is a system very often used in the investigation and analysis of accidents, including incidents involving rail operations.

He has also been involved in disability-related work. He has presented papers on disability equity in the context of the Employment Equity Act, and acts for the QuadPara Association of South Africa in various aspects of disability-related legal work.

David has been listed as a recommended lawyer for shipping and transport in Legal 500, 2018.

David holds a BA and LLB (WITS). After completing his articles, David was admitted as an attorney in 1992 and was made a partner in 1996.

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