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, Commercial Mediator, Arbitrator, Acting 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 labour negotiator, mediator, 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.

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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.

25 Years of Experience in a Wide Range of Industries and Sectors.

We’ve conducted and represented clients in the Labour Court, disciplinary enquiries and arbitrations in over 400 cases over the years.

Some of our Clients

Elematic SA
Green Cross
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Gowrie Farm
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Gransola Group
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Some of our Clients

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Dischem Pharmacies
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Some of our Clients

Wild Earth Media
Sheq Africa
Venns Attorneys
Schneider Electric
Sizwe Africa



Labour Advice

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


Labour Litigation

Employers and employees at every level in business sometimes find themselves in dispute with colleagues, employees or unions.


Investigations & Enquiries

Allegations of misconduct or non-performance by executives, managers or employees in companies are often biased, unpleasant and complicated.



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. 



Many tough business disagreements can be resolved internally through the intervention of a professional Facilitator. 

Need Help? Request a Phone or Skype consultation.

Looking for a Legal Partner?

Look no further than Deale Attorneys!

Deale Attorneys is a specialist labour & commercial mediation firm with offices in Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal. The firm specialises in resolving complex disputes at executive and senior management levels.

We have significant experience in partnering with clients to resolve legal 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.

We advise and represent business owners, employers, state institutions and senior individuals on a wide range of labour law and commercial dispute resolution issues.

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If you can’t see the wood for the trees

We offer a convenient online service to help you plan your case for a Disciplinary Enquiry or CCMA Arbitration. We’ve conducted and represented clients in enquiries and arbitrations in over 400 cases over the years. We’ll use our experience and expertise to help prepare your case so you can present it with confidence and best results.

Your Case Plan will include: Your Prospects of Success, the Strengths & Weaknesses of your case, the Key Legal Issues, Evidence & Witness Statements, questions for cross-examination and Guidelines for the Procedure.

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We’d first like to get some basic information about you and your case. We’ll assess your prospects and let you know if we can help you to plan your case.

Get Your Case Planner.

Use our experience and expertise to help prepare your case so you can present it with confidence for best results

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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."