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Lavery Modise

Chairman Hogan Lovells South Africa

Lavery Modise
English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Setswana, Southern Sotho, Sepedi, Xhosa

In addition to his duties as Chairman of Hogan Lovells in South Africa, Lavery Modise focuses on all aspects of employment and labour law and represents clients in all courts up to the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court. 

He has been called upon to act as a judge of the Labour Court from time to time. In addition, he acts as arbitrator and mediator in labour related matters for corporate and government institutions. 

Lavery has advised a number of prominent companies and boards as well as state-owned entities such as South African Revenue Service, South African Broadcasting Corporation, Multichoice, Nozala Investments, National Energy Regulator of South Africa, Department of Science and Technology, CIDA City Campus, University of Johannesburg, Eastern Cape Gambling Board, Gauteng Tourism Authority and the National Prosecution Authority on executive employee exits and aspects of employment law.

In addition, he has chaired various disciplinary inquiries relating to misconduct committed by senior management executives at entities such as the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature, Department of Labour, Department of Home Affairs, Wits University, Mbombela Municipality and the Limpopo Provincial Transport Department. 

Lavery has received Best Lawyers of South Africa awards for Labour and Employment, and has been recommended in Legal 500 as a “seasoned professional with extensive court experience”. He had a monthly employment law column in the Sowetan for eight years and has been featured in Financial Mail’s Little Black Book since 2005.

Representative Experience

Frequently providing strategic advice on employee discipline at an executive level.

Representing the head of security of the SA Football Association during the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in his breach of contract dispute.

Successfully representing a senior legal advisor employed by MTN who alleged that the termination of her services for operational requirements was substantively and procedurally unfair.

Representing SARS in two matters before the Labour Appeal Court relating to its Commissioner’s ability to validly overturn the sanction of an internal disciplinary chairperson.

Currently on a projects team to advise SARS on a major restructuring of the organisation as a whole.

Education and admissions


  • B.A., University of Fort Hare
  • LL.B., University of the Witwatersrand


  • Chairperson of General Public Service Sectoral Bargaining Council
  • South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW)

Court admissions

  • South Africa


South Africa award for Labour and Employment

Best Lawyers



Legal 500

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