Issue 12 2021

Acquisition International - Issue 12 2021 13 Together, SGV Attorneys’ team offers extensive experience and superior knowledge regarding employment law, empowerment law (BBBEE), employee benefits, municipal law, property law, public law, administrative and procurement law, corporate law, and pension law fields. Each and every attorney is fundamental to the firm’s success, striving to provide legal services that are aligned with their clients’ medium- to long-term goals. Meanwhile, as for many, the last 18 months have been challenging for SGV Attorneys due to the pandemic, but the team has also found that the new world of work is not all negative. Clients from all different sectors and legal institutions such as courts have all embraced technology to drive their processes forward. Virtual platforms such as Teams and Zoom have significantly enhanced the efficiency in which SGV Attorneys communicates, and the firm has also had the benefit of reducing costs for clients and the legal institutions in which it regularly appears. Looking ahead, SGV Attorneys is making significant investments in mobile learning initiatives as it believes the new way of working is here to stay. E-learning on mobile phones and employment relations management applications can provide a more effective management tool and secure enhanced accessibility in employer-employee communication channels. Oct21877 Company: SGV Attorneys Contact: George Van der Merwe Email: Website: Employment Lawyer of the Year (Southern Africa): George van der Merwe GV Attorneys’ mission is to provide cost-effective, high-quality, creative and results-oriented legal services to businesses and individuals, and to serve as a primary resource and partner to its clients’ business growth and development. Lying at the foundation of this mission are core values of integrity, motivation and excellence, which have remained unchanged and contributed to driving its attorneys’ behaviour to the ultimate benefit of clients. George van der Merwe is one of the founders of the firm and he is a well-respected and recognised attorney in the fields of employment and pension law. He boasts both BLC and LLB degrees as well as a master’s degree in law and a certificate in pension law. He has acted as a judge in the Labour Court and is a qualified mediator and arbitrator, holding a certificate in conciliation, mediation and arbitration. George has successfully completed various courses and is a regular speaker on employment law seminars as well as an accredited assessor and moderator. George said, “We as a firm find our strength in our faith and our diversity. We pride ourselves in the successes that we have achieved not only complying with affirmative action prescripts but in embracing the fundamental principals that underly humanity and our society.” S Founded in 2005, SGV Attorneys specialises in employment, pension and procurement law and provides professional legal services to large, medium and small businesses as well as to local government institutions. In light of company co-founder and partner, George van der Merwe being recognised in the AI Legal Awards 2021, we take a closer look at what he and the firm have to offer clients.