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Dispute resolution

The CMS Dispute Resolution team offers the full range of integrated support, sector and commercial experience and a world-class service to respond quickly to you - a true 360° approach, from long-term planning and deployment of case strategy to emergency response, injunctions and applications and expedited procedures.

We handle all your risk and dispute interactions from regulators to reporters, on issues from data breaches to disputes, in arenas from cyberspace to the c-suite. 

Whatever your risks, you need to deal with them in ways that build your resilience and protect your reputation. We will be there around the clock and around the world, whenever and wherever you need us.

Our team is experienced in all forms of dispute resolution, including:

  • commercial litigation 
  • general litigation  
  • arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution
  • judicial review
  • constitutional and administrative law reviews 
  • reputation management
  • sector specific skills 


At CMS, we put your world first. You do not want to litigate. You want to avoid disputes and when they do arise, be with the right team to resolve them.

We work with our clients to navigate the most complex matters and embrace a range of technologies, project management expertise and resources to deliver value for them.

Where your dispute cannot be resolved in any other way, we will deploy our expertise and resources to fight in your corner to the end.

Members of our team are specialised in mining as well as construction and engineering litigation, representing mining houses and engineering firms.

What we offer

  • alternative dispute resolution
  • banking and finance disputes
  • business rescue, financial restructuring and insolvency
  • class actions
  • construction and engineering
  • cross-border disputes 
  • data protection, privacy and cyber-security
  • employment and labor
  • energy
  • fraud and asset recovery
  • insurance
  • international arbitration
  • mining
  • product liability, including automotive, pharmaceuticals and medical device
  • professional negligence
  • public and administrative law
  • regulation and investigations, including compliance, regulatory and enforcement
  • securities litigation, regulation and enforcement
  • shareholder disputes and activism
  • tax
  • white-collar crime 



CMS is my go-to firm for arbitration and litigation cases as it is prompt in answering, very solution-oriented, sharp and provides to-the-point advice. Moreover it is procedurally savvy and highly efficient. I like that it doesn’t waste our time with dozens of pages of theoretical evaluations

Chambers & Partners

CMS is known for a well-respected practice… Predominantly focuses on banking and commercial litigation, contract disputes and corporate investigations. Also recommended for international arbitration

Chambers & Partners

They are feisty and ready to take action. They followed up with and updated me regularly on where we were. An approachable and accessible team.

Legal 500 | Dispute Resolution, South Africa, 2023

They are professional and very to the point.

Legal 500 | Dispute Resolution, South Africa, 2023

They are highly skilled, attentive and responsive.

Legal 500 | Dispute Resolution, South Africa, 2023


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