About Cowan-Harper-Madikizela Attorneys:
Cowan-Harper-Madikizela Attorneys (“CHM”) is a boutique firm that is widely recognized as a leader in the provision of professional legal and advisory services with a particular focus on employment law, constitutional law, administrative, public law, risk, governance, compliance and general and commercial litigation.
Our firm started in 1999 as Lennard Cowan Attorneys. In 2009 the firm evolved to include Mr Rod Harper and changed its name to Cowan-Harper Attorneys. In 2018 Madikizela-Nyati Attorneys Incorporated (MNA Inc.) merged with Cowan-Harper Attorneys to become CHM Attorneys. This merger is an important milestone in our firm’s history and has allowed us to expand our range of services as a boutique firm.
CHM is a proudly Level 1 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment contributor, allowing us to provide our clients with even greater value while ensuring the same personal and professional legal services.
CHM is an established name in the market and is highly respected. We have litigated successfully in all of the major Courts, including the High Court, Labour Court, Labour Appeal Court, Supreme Court of Appeal, Constitutional Court and also international tribunals, such as the International Court of Arbitration and the Central China Economic Arbitration Forum.
Our firm’s fee philosophy is well-known. We operate on a low-overhead, cost-effective basis which allows us to offer rates which are reasonable, flexible and more than competitive. As a boutique firm, the Partners are responsible for the day to day management of the firm and this ensures a hands-on approach to all aspects of our relationships with clients.
Our approach is to work closely with our clients in order to ensure that the correct legal strategies are in place to limit risk and, where possible, to prevent disputes from arising in the first place. The effect of this is to reduce the costs associated with litigation, which is often substantial. Our expertise in dispute resolution and risk management strategies is well-known.
Our innovative approach to legal problems and our commitment to personalised and efficient service has allowed us to establish strong relationships with many corporates, parastatals, public sector employers and multinationals, many of whom we have represented successfully over a number of years.
CHM is situated in a client-friendly, pleasant location in the heart of Sandton, the hub of South Africa’s commercial capital. The firm is located only five minutes’ drive from the Gautrain station.