Prévot  van der Merwe
Position: Partner
Practice: Employment, Health and Safety Practice
Office: Johannesburg
Telephone: +27 11 530 5572

Prévot van der Merwe is a partner in the Employment, Health & Safety Practice at Webber Wentzel.

He specialises in collective labour law, labour litigation and employment advisory work.  He has extensive experience in collective bargaining matters, dealing with grievances, disciplinary processes and hearings.  He has assisted clients with a number of complex issues including: the employment law aspects of restructurings and mergers; drafting of company employment policies and procedures; and conducting due diligence investigations relating to human resources.  He frequently represents clients (including State Owned Companies) in the Labour Court in respect of urgent applications.  Prévot has also been involved in arbitrations and in limine applications pertaining to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and various industry Bargaining Councils.

He has advised clients across a range of industries including: mining, energy, financial, food & beverage, automotive, engineering and telecommunications.

He is a member of the Johannesburg Attorneys Association as well as the South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW) and a part of the SASLAW Pro-Bono Project at the Labour Court in Johannesburg.

Prévot has BA and LLB degrees from Stellenbosch University.  He has also completed advanced Certificate Courses at the University of the Witwatersrand and at the University of South Africa.

Areas of expertise
  • Employment law advice and collective labour law
  • Employment aspect of restructuring
  • Labour litigation (restraints of trade, labour court, labour appeal court, CCMA and bargaining & sectoral councils)
  • Employee benefits (pension funds, provident funds and company policies and procedures)
  • Due diligence investigations of human resources and chairing of disciplinary inquiries

Member of the:

  • Johannesburg Attorneys Association (2011 to present).
  • South African Society for Labour Law (2011 to present).
  • SASLAW Pro-Bono Project, Johannesburg (2011 to present).