Lavery Modise

Lavery Modise

Chairman Emeritus

Email lavery.modise@​

Phone +27 11 523 6011

Fax +27 86 673 6940

LanguagesEnglish, Afrikaans, Southern Sotho, Sepedi, Xhosa, Zulu, Setswana

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

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 been recognised from 2014-2019 in The Best Lawyers of South Africa for Labour and Employment, and has been recommended in Legal 500 as a “seasoned professional with extensive court experience". Chambers Global ranked him, as “Eminent Practitioner” and the South African Professional Services Awards presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

Chair Emeritus of the firm's South African arm, Lavery Modise is a seasoned practitioner in the employment field. Although primarily occupied with the administration of the firm, he remains a sought-after figure for his knowledge and experience advising high-profile South African companies, in various sectors, on employee and executive exits, misconduct and disciplinary inquiries.

Chambers Global

Awards and recognitions


Employment (South Africa), Eminent Practitioner
Chambers Global


The Best Lawyers of South Africa for Labour and Employment


Lifetime Achievement Award
South African Professional Services Awards


The Best Lawyers of South Africa for Litigation


Legal 500


Hogan Lovells (South Africa) Partner Spokesperson of the Year

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

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.

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