We offer professional mediation services to resolve employment and commercial disputes. The purpose is to achieve practical outcomes quickly and cost-effectively.
Mediation is fast becoming a pre-requisite for resolving employment and commercial disputes before proceeding with litigation in the labour and civil courts. It offers the consideration of creative commercial options to resolve disputes which are often beyond a court’s limited legal powers to consider.

At Deale Attorneys, we have special expertise in commercial mediation at executive and senior management levels. Typical disputes involve conflict at Board level amongst Directors or between the Board and the CEO or other senior executives.

Our commercial mediation services include:


Labour Disputes

Social and economic pressures intensify disputes at all levels in our workplaces where livelihoods and reputations may be at stake. Differing points of view can seem irreconcilable and lead to litigation in court. But time delays, costs, publicity and pure stress of protracted legal action are well-known downsides of this traditional system. And court-imposed ‘standard’ remedies are not always ideal. More cost-effective and creative methods to find new solutions are needed to resolve conflict more quickly to sustain our businesses.


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. Commercial mediations are conducted without prejudice to legal rights – and in the strictest confidence. The rules promote a climate for constructive problem-solving – in private, and without surrendering access to litigation if negotiations do not resolve the dispute. This is particularly important where corporate and personal reputations are involved, to avoid harmful publicity.



Many tough business disagreements can be resolved internally through the intervention of a professional Facilitator. We’ve developed ideal processes and special skills to work with business parties at all levels – from top executives to representatives in multi-party unionised environments – to reach common cause in complex situations. We have facilitated many successful processes in early and late stage conflict environments, in a variety of sectors.

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.


It’s sometimes hard to make the right judgement calls on how best to deal with tricky labour problems and business disputes. A trusted advisor with experience of how similar situations have been successfully managed can help bring perspective, advice, and come up with the best solutions.

Wherever you are in South Africa, I’m here to help.

About Your Commercial Mediator: Patrick Deale

Patrick Deale has worked in law and alternative dispute resolution for over 25 years in a wide range of industries and sectors across South Africa. He is a specialist in resolving conflict at senior management levels and disputes between management and unions, as well as mediation of complex commercial disputes.

As a commercial mediator, Patrick has successfully resolved many difficult conflict and dispute situations – mostly without resorting to costly and time-consuming litigation. Employment disputes especially at senior management level are typically complex and involve high stakes for all parties. So too are disputes between management and unions. Patrick formulates strategies to get the best possible solutions – cost effectively and with the least stress.
If you need an expert commercial mediator in South Africa for resolving your dispute, book a free consultation with Patrick Deale, or call us directly on +27 83 375 8771.

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