Burty Francois, with over 15 years’ of post-qualification experience, advises on all aspects of employment law and has a wide litigation practice with particular focus on commercial and civil litigation.
Burty also regularly advises a number of domestic and foreign companies operating in Mauritius on regulatory, compliance and general company law matters.
He is a seasoned advocate and regularly appears before the various courts of Mauritius in relation to employment, administrative and commercial matters. His experience includes the drafting of contracts of employment, appearing in disciplinary committees and advice on restructuration of companies.
He advises Mauritian conglomerates and well established international companies on matters of employment law. Burty also appears for multinational companies in commercial litigation as well as arbitration.
Experience has included advising:
- IBL Ltd for general employment law advice on a regular basis
- A leading international consultancy, as well as appearing before the various courts of Mauritius
- A well-established construction company and appearing in arbitration proceedings
- A international group for the construction and launching of a hotel project in Mauritius
- A major local insurance company and appearing before Mauritian courts
- A South African bank on a USD250 million financing from a Mauritian law perspective
- Barrister-at-law admitted with the Supreme Court of Mauritius (2004)
- LLB (Hons) University of Mauritius (2001)
- Mauritius Bar Association
The legislation and regulations concerning electronic transactions/signatures are becoming a key element to respond to businesses’ changing needs.
In an attempt to curb the spread of the COVID-19 in Mauritius, the government took the decision to extend the sanitary curfew until 15 April 2020. Employers around the world are facing similar challenges, dealing with government-mandated shutdowns, sick and self-isolating employees, homeworking arrangements and economical constraints.
Nabridas ltd v Coombes  SCJ 142, a recent judgment of the judge in chambers of the commercial division of the Supreme Court, sheds light on the enforceability of a restrictive covenant clause in a contract of employment.
With the coming into effect of the Non-Citizens (Employment Restriction) Exemptions (Amendment) Regulations 2019, non-citizens who are spouses of Mauritian citizens now require a work permit in order to work in Mauritius.