Bronwyn Marques

Widely recognised for her broad practice offering and ability to provide high profile commercial resolution to clients across all sectors in both contentious and non-contentious matters, Bronwyn is acknowledged by her peers and both employers and employees as a highly experienced and competent specialist in her field.

From a contentious perspective, these include appearance work in the CCMA and other Bargaining Councils, primarily on behalf of employers defending all types of claims of unfair labour practices, dismissal or unfair retrenchment, where the CCMA or the Bargaining Council would have jurisdiction.

In addition, Bronwyn also deals with other types of claims relating to, inter alia, collective bargaining, and organisational rights disputes. She has been involved in defending large scale claims in the Labour Court where trade unions have referred mass dismissal disputes for adjudication pertaining to the dismissals of their members for operational requirements. She has also been involved in a number of high profile urgent interdicts for large commercial clients.

Bronwyn’s expertise has frequently led to her being approached by both employees and employers to act in interdictory actions such as restraint of trade breaches heard in the Labour Court.

A significantly large practice area in which Bronwyn is involved in is the reviewing of arbitration awards in the Labour Court.

From a non-contentious perspective, Bronwyn provides advice to a variety of clients with regard to, inter alia, drafting of policies and furnishing guidance on disciplinary and grievance matters. She also regularly chairs disciplinary and grievance hearings and provides human resources and industrial relations-related advice to clients in respect of their personnel.

In addition, Bronwyn assists clients in large scale restructuring exercises sometimes facilitated by the CCMA where she frequently achieves client’s objectives in restructuring their operations without any legal recourse.

Bronwyn also furnishes legal advice in transactional work that relates to transfers of business and the implications of Section 197 of the Labour Relations Act, if they apply.

Due diligence in the transfer of a business is a necessary and important facet of any commercial agreement where a business is transferred as a going concern. Bronwyn has extensive experience in these investigations and has compiled reports for, and on behalf of, clients regarding sensitive topics such as racism in the workplace, sexual harassment, and the performance or conduct of senior executives/management.

Bronwyn obtained her LLB degree at Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg). She is Chairperson of the firm’s Employment Equity Committee and facilitates and oversees both internal and external training.