Riaan du Plessis

Phone: +27 11 593 3714
Mobile: +27 83 320 8381
Email: riaan.dp@fwblaw.co.za
Practice Areas: Dispute Resolution


Riaan was admitted as an attorney in 2003 and specialises in corporate and commercial litigation with specific focus on:

• Commercial disputes;
• Company Law;
• Public and Administrative Law ;
• Contractual disputes;
• Alternative Dispute Resolution, including arbitration and mediation;
• Insolvency and restructuring (including business rescue).

He advises and acts for both listed and unlisted companies in various matters relating to corporate governance, shareholders’ disputes, minority shareholder protection and unlawful competition. He has litigated at all levels of the Superior Courts in South Africa, and has substantial experience in both mediation and arbitration proceedings in complex commercial and contractual disputes.

He has been involved in the international arbitration of commercial disputes under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, as well as claims under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA-lawsuits) in the United States of America.

Riaan has also been involved in several Public and Administrative Law matters, including procurement and supply chain management in the local authority sphere, challenging the award of tenders in the public sector, representing clients in internal government appeal proceedings, and declaring and setting aside unlawful administrative action at both national and local government levels.

In addition, Riaan also advises clients in other sectors, and in particular, telecommunication and construction sectors. He has also represented manufacturers of medical devices in product liability claims.

Riaan has represented claimants in two class actions in the road freight industry, both of which matters have been successfully settled.


LLB (University of Johannesburg) (2001)


Listed in the 2022 & 2023 Best Lawyers rankings for Administrative and Public Law