Labour law expert Johan Botes appointed member of Baker McKenzie’s management committee


Baker McKenzie announces several appointments in its Johannesburg office.

Baker McKenzie’s head of the employment and compensation practice, Johan Botes, has been appointed as a member of the company’s Johannesburg office management committee.

The company has also announced the appointment of Lerisha Naidu as managing partner. Marc Yudaken, partner in the corporate/M&A practice, has also been appointed as a member of the Johannesburg office’s management committee.

Johan is experienced in South African and sub-Saharan African employment law and employee relations. He is recognised as a leading lawyer in South Africa by Chambers Global and as a leading individual by Legal 500.

According to Baker McKenzie, he recently received the Acritas Star award for client service and his team won the Africa Legal Awards Employment Law Team of the Year in 2019 and 2021.

Lerisha is a partner and head of the competition and antitrust practice at Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg. She also leads the diversity and inclusion portfolio in Johannesburg, as well as its pro bono and corporate social responsibility pillars.

Commenting on her appointment, Lerisha said: “It is a great honour to be elected managing partner of Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg. Our office recently launched an exciting new strategy that enables our clients to thrive in an increasingly connected, complex and changing world, and fulfils our vision to be the law firm of choice for our clients and our people in sub-Saharan Africa. Our new client value model is precise and targeted, with an emphasis on cross-practice, cross-border collaboration, and solutions that prioritise sustainability and innovation. In terms of our people, we are committed to being the best employer in the local market, by focusing on recruitment, retention, reward and recognition, inclusion, diversity and belonging, personal growth, learning, and fun.”

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