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Employment

Our employment lawyers advise clients in Namibia on employment legislation, helping them meet their workforce objectives. 

We partner with our clients, wherever they do business, to find solutions and manage risk in relation to their employment, incentives and pensions legal challenges and objectives. 

We work with our clients locally, internationally and across borders. Our global reach and local knowledge means that we can partner with clients to drive consistency, deliver cost savings and help them identify and manage their priorities and risk across multiple locations.

Our lawyers have years of experience in dealing with collective employment and traditional labor matters and disputes, and are ideally placed to advise, guide and represent employer clients domestically and internationally. 

Whether employers are focused domestically or multi-nationally, the laws relating to an employer’s relations with its workforce are becoming increasingly critical and central to corporate strategy.

Key contacts

Karin Klazen
Karin Klazen DirectorEllis Shilengudwa Inc. Full profile
Mia Kellerman
Mia Kellerman DirectorEllis Shilengudwa Inc. Full profile

Our lawyers represent clients in a wide range of employment disputes and understand the legal, business and procedural developments in Namibia and beyond. 

Through innovative dispute resolution strategies and effective case management, we aim to identify and execute the most advantageous business-oriented solutions, either by pursuing or defending litigation or arbitration proceedings, or through alternative methods, such as mediation.

Key contacts

Karin Klazen
Karin Klazen DirectorEllis Shilengudwa Inc. Full profile
Mia Kellerman
Mia Kellerman DirectorEllis Shilengudwa Inc. Full profile

The growing global focus on anti-corruption and corporate misconduct, data privacy, business and supply chain ethics, as well as aggressive enforcement by regulatory authorities puts compliance at the top of many of our clients' agendas. 

Our lawyers advise our clients regularly on these issues, working with them to plan the best approach for their business and partner with them through implementation and beyond.

Key contacts

Karin Klazen
Karin Klazen DirectorEllis Shilengudwa Inc. Full profile
Mia Kellerman
Mia Kellerman DirectorEllis Shilengudwa Inc. Full profile

A smooth reorganization, restructuring, outsourcing or reduction in force hinges on early identification of a clear people strategy, a sensible understanding of how that strategy affects the commercial aspects of the change proposal and the development of a systematic approach to implementation. 

Our lawyers have helped clients through processes involving international re-alignments, complex outsourcing and insourcing arrangements and pre and post-merger/acquisition integrations.

Key contacts

Karin Klazen
Karin Klazen DirectorEllis Shilengudwa Inc. Full profile
Mia Kellerman
Mia Kellerman DirectorEllis Shilengudwa Inc. Full profile

Experience has included advising:

  • Clients in arbitration matters before the Labour Commission of Namibia
  • Clients by chairing and/or prosecuting disciplinary hearings on their behalf.
  • Clients regarding conciliation proceedings.
  • On Collective Bargaining and Strike Management.
  • Various clients in preparation of their labor policies for their Namibian subsidiaries.
  • A local private equity fund in a first of its kind arbitration matter against the largest pension fund in Namibia.
  • Local fishing companies in urgent proceedings in the High Court to declare unlawful a nationwide strike by employees of the respective companies.
  • The Namibian National Student Financial Assistance Fund during the disciplinary proceedings, urgent High Court proceedings, and review proceedings against its suspended chief executive officer.

 

Immigration law and practice in the African oil and gas industry

A global economy requires multinationals to adopt a global business strategy, which invariably involves the need to transfer a firm’s most important asset – its people – in a fluid way across national borders. That is why managing the mobilization of expatriate employees in the most efficient way, including handling strategic immigration, labor and tax legal issues, is critical for the oil and gas industry.