Pamela Stein
Position: Partner
Practice: Employment, Health and Safety Practice
Office: Johannesburg
Telephone: +27 11 530 5200

Pamela Stein is a partner in the Employment, Health and Safety Practice at Webber Wentzel.

She specialises in employment and  employee benefits law, data protection and privacy.

Pamela commenced her legal career in the 1980's and has extensive experience in all aspects of employment law, including two appointments to act as a Judge of the Labour Court and a number of appointments to act as arbitrator in labour disputes. She has been the lead attorney in a number of precedent setting decisions and many of her judgments handed down in the Labour Court have been reported in the law journals. Before joining Webber Wentzel in 2004, Pamela was a director and Managing Partner of Cheadle Thompson and Haysom, a leading employment and human rights law firm.

Pamela advises clients across a range of sectors including aviation, energy, IT, media, manufacturing, retail and professional services.

Recently, Pamela has been involved in advising on business restructuring and retrenchment, disputes over collective bargaining, employment issues flowing from mergers and acquisitions,disputes over collective agreement interpretation, regulatory and litigation for retirement funds and medical aid schemes, disputes over post-retirement medical benefits, discrimination law, workforce redundancy, harmonisation of employee remuneration structures and benefits, and business crimes and investigation.

Pamela regularly speaks and writes on privacy and data protection and advises on data protection compliance and privacy.  She has recently advised clients on employee privacy rights, bank customer confidentiality and privacy, and the implementation of Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA).

She has been commissioned by Lexis Nexis Butterworths to write a book for publication in 2018 on employment, data protection and privacy.

Pamela has for many years been an expert in media law and she continues to be retained as an adviser to Carte Blanche.

Her expertise has been recognised by various international legal research organisations including Chambers Global, Legal 500, Best Lawyers and Who's Who Legal.

Pamela has BA and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Social Science from Natal University and an LLM degree from the London School of Economics.  She also has a Post-Graduate Diploma from Strathclyde University, Glasgow in Information Technology and Telecommunications.

Areas of expertise
  • Employment and employee benefits law
  • Data protection and privacy law

Employment, Health and Safety Practice Group Leader from 2013.

Named by:


  • Chambers Global 2006 - 2017 as a ranked lawyer
  • Legal 500 2016 - 2017 as a legal expert
  • Who's Who Legal 2011 - 2016 as a leading lawyer
  • Best Lawyers 2017 as Lawyer of the Year


Member of the:

  • SASLAW (South African Society of Labour Lawyers).
  • Pension Fund Lawyers Association.

Endorsed as a Labour Lawyer in the final edition of PLC Which Lawyer? 2012.

Commissioned by Lexis Nexis to write a book on employment and data protection and privacy.

Listed in the inaugural Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law 2010 - 2012 in the field of Media Law.

 Listed in the Mail and Guardian Guide to Leading South African Women 2008 & 2009.

Nominated by in-house counsel and her peers to appear in the fifth and sixth editions of the Guide to the World's Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers as one of the pre-eminent Media Practitioners in the world.

Managing Partner at Cheadle Thompson and Haysom 1998-2000.

Awarded full British Council Scholarship to study in UK.