Long time senior partner and CEO of Fluxmans (and Chairman of Supergroup), Phillip Vallet was cited in Chambers Global (The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Client’s Guide) as “one of the leading commercial lawyers in South Africa”. He’s that and a whole lot more. Leading an important team of lawyers and creating a culture unlike that of any other firm, Phil gently nudges his brilliant team in the right direction and is respected by all. His colourful career and experience is peppered with stories of the good and great, and funny anecdotes about the practice of law that would make even hardened practitioners knowingly smile.

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At a desk cluttered with hundreds of files sits an expert in commercial and corporate related litigation, insolvency laws, business restructure and turnarounds – Colin Strime is one of the leading attorneys in South Africa. He completed BProc degree at Wits in 1979 and was awarded the law society prize for the most outstanding law student. He’s still outstanding and has been a Director of Fluxmans since 2003. Sometimes he finds time to cycle.

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Some lawyers aren’t just qualified in law. Here’s one who wrote his Master’s Thesis on Artificial Intelligence! Ryszard Lisinski is a dispute resolution specialist in the Commercial Litigation Department at Fluxmans. A techno geek by nature, he focusses on communications, information technology, media and privacy law.

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Is he a referee or a lawyer? Turns out he’s great at both! Fluxmans’ Ari Soldatos is a graduate from Wits and has been in practice since 1988. He’s also a member of the Dispute Resolution Committee of the South African Football Association and an arbitrator at the court of arbitration for sport. A master of mediation, he extended this skill to three Africa Cup of Nations finals, the Fifa World Cup in France and your issues with your employer. Ari focusses on labour and employment law, dispute settlements, collective bargaining in relation to wages and conditions of employment.

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South Africa can be a complex place, especially in the fields of commercial and corporate law. Thanks to Jack Phalane, many clients have obtained advice on commercial transactions, mergers, acquisitions and black economic empowerment. A lawyer’s lawyer, Jack graduated from Wits with a BA in 1999, with an LLB in 2001, an LLM in 2002 and most recently an MBA. Jack has been a director of Fluxmans since 2004 and sits as an independent trustee on various empowerment trusts and is chairperson of the Tax Board for the hearing of income tax appeals.

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Ira Epstein wanted to be a hotelier but went on to graduate with a B.Com and then LLB (Cum Laude) in 1981. With extensive experience in Commercial and Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions, Ira is your best bet to make sure your interests are protected in all manner of business transactions. Despite not having a hotel of his own, Ira has been a Director at Fluxmans since 2008 and confidently navigates the world of commerce from a legal point of view.

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Hiring and firing in South Africa isn’t easy. If you’re not sure how to do it, especially since the law keeps on changing, at least Lisa-Anne King knows what’s going on. She’s well renowned for her role at Fluxmans as a Director in the Labour Law Department since 2004 and the head of Human Resources – both for clients and for the firm. She is also well known for chairing conferences and being a key note speaker in this field and will soon be sitting as an Acting Judge in the Labour Court. Lisa-Anne’s practice is diverse, covering the full gamut of people related issues.

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