Patrick Deale


The firm specialises in resolving complex disputes at executive and senior management levels.

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About Patrick Deale

Executive Dispute Resolver, Labour & Employment Lawyer, Commercial Mediator, Labour Arbitrator, Acting Labour Court Judge, and Author.

Patrick has worked in law and alternative dispute resolution for 25 years in a wide range of industries and sectors. As a senior legal executive for a listed company, he gained first-hand experience of the issues business managers and employees deal with day-to-day.

Patrick co-founded Tokiso Dispute Settlement (Pty) Ltd in 2000, the largest private dispute resolution agency in the country, where he was full-time CEO for six years. He is a highly skilled and experienced South African labour and employment lawyer, advisor, negotiator, mediator, labour arbitrator and facilitator. He is a commercial mediator, coach and assessor, accredited by CEDA (UK). He also serves as Acting Judge of the Labour Court of South Africa.

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He is the co-author of the Labour Relations Handbook, published by Juta, and has been a regular host of the Labour Line on Talk Radio 702. Patrick established Deale Attorneys to focus on the opportunity to improve and build successful South African business relationships, in partnership with business clients. Deale Attorneys is based in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Additionally, Patrick is open and available all day during the lockdown and beyond to discuss your legal issues online.

Online Mediation – Patrick’s Added Speciality

Mediation is the time and cost-effective solution to court litigation. As a senior commercial mediator in South Africa, Patrick takes these benefits one step-further: establishing an online mediation alternative for commercial disputes. The online format adds novel levels of simplicity, ease, and flexibility to an already accelerated dispute resolution process.

Emotions and personal involvement, especially at executive level, can hinder a climate for constructive problem-solving. Online mediation avoids a face-to-face setting, allowing parties to deal objectively and be more open to mutual solutions.

For online mediation services, get in touch with labour lawyer Patrick Deale.

25 Years of Labour Lawyer Experience in a Wide Range of Industries & Sectors Across KZN, Gauteng, and South Africa.

We’ve conducted and represented employees and employers in the Labour Court, CCMA, Bargaining Council, Disciplinary Enquiries and Arbitrations in 400+ cases over the years.




Labour Law Advice & Labour Relations

We have special insights into the legal, personal and practical business issues which managers deal with daily.


CCMA Labour Lawyer & Labour Court Litigation

We represent our clients on a wide range of labour law issues in the Labour Court, CCMA, Bargaining Councils and Arbitrations to seek optimal conclusions.


Workplace Investigations & Enquiries

For allegations of misconduct or non-performance, we conduct objective investigations and act as independent chairman in enquiries.



Labour Disputes

Social and economic pressures intensify disputes at all levels in our workplaces where livelihoods and reputations may be at stake.


Commercial Disputes

We provide specialised commercial mediation services. Mediation is a most effective option for resolving business disputes because it allows consideration of creative options – often beyond a court’s limited legal powers to consider.


Multi-Party Disputes

Many tough business disagreements can be resolved internally through the intervention of a professional Facilitator. We’ve developed ideal processes and special skills to reach common cause in complex business situations.

Looking for an Expert Labour Lawyer as Your Trusted Legal Partner?

Look no further than Deale Attorneys!

Labour law involves a complex mix of law, social, and economic dynamics. It takes years of experience in the cut and thrust of disputes to learn how to resolve employment problems with the least risk, stress, and costs.

Deale Attorneys is a specialist labour law & commercial mediation firm with offices in Johannesburg, Gauteng, and Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal. Additionally – we are easily accessible through online consultation and online mediation services, offering South Africa-wide access to Deale Attorneys.

We have significant experience in partnering with clients to resolve labour law disputes and comply with legal complexities so they can grow their businesses successfully.

We take a real interest in your business to understand what makes it tick. With small firm operating costs and big firm experience, we can offer our clients a more personal service at reasonable rates.

As specialist labour lawyers in South Africa, we advise and represent business owners, employers, state institutions, and senior individuals on a wide range of labour law and commercial dispute resolution issues in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, and across the country.

Contact us at Deale Attorneys today.

Deale Attorneys Kwazulu Natal, Gauteng and South Africa.

Satisfied Client Feedback

Mr Jared Miller

-Schneider Electric South Africa

"Patrick Deale has assisted us in a number of matters since 2017 and continues to do so.
Mr. Deale is considered a valued partner to Schneider Electric South Africa. Mr. Deale’s services reflect our core values: “customer first”, “dare to disrupt”, “embrace difference”, “learn every day” and “act like owners”. Mr. Deale is conversant with the subjects he practices and delivers work fully aligned with both the mission’s description and our expectations."

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