Johan Olivier
Position: Partner, Employment, Health & Safety Practice Leader
Practice: Employment, Health and Safety Practice
Office: Johannesburg
Telephone: +27 11 530 5194

Johan Olivier is a partner and head of the Employment, Health and Safety Practice at Webber Wentzel.

He is an expert in employment and employee benefits law as well as health and safety.  He has extensive experience in corporate restructuring, dealing with collective bargaining cases, strikes, lock outs, discrimination law, disciplinary and litigation proceedings. 

He’s expertise extends to employment issues flowing from mergers and acquisitions, workforce reduction programmes, transfers of undertakings and going concerns, harmonisation of employee benefits, cross-border arrangements, retirement funds and medical aid schemes. He also has extensive experience in advising financial service providers on debarment procedures under the Financial Advisory and intermediary Services Act (FAIS).

He is a member of the Employment Committee of the International Bar Association and of the South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW). He is currently the President of the Gauteng Chapter of SASLAW. 
Johan's expertise has been recognised by various international research organisations including Chambers Global,. Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal  and Best Lawyers.

Johan has BA and LLB degrees from Stellenbosch University and an LLM degree, awarded with distinction, from the Rand Afrikaans University.  He also has a Higher Diploma in Arbitration from the Association of Arbitrators.

Areas of expertise


  • Employment law including, pension funds law and medical aids
  • Occupational health and safety including mine health and safety law
  • Labour Court and general litigation in employment tribunals, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution
  • Employment policies and procedures, executive employment contracts, transfer of businesses and corporate restructuring
  • Employment issues specific to mining companies, financial service providers and local government



Named by:


  • Chambers Global 2014 - 2017 as a ranked lawyer (Employment).
  • Legal 500 2013 - 2017 as a leading individual (Employment).
  • Who's Who Legal 2010 - 2016 as a listed lawyer (Labour and Employment).
  • Best Lawyers 2008 - 2016 (Employee Benefits Law, Labour and Employment Law).


Member of the:

  • Employment Committee of the International Bar Association (2000 to present).
  • South African Society for Labour Law (2006 to present).