Commerce and Trade

The firm has significant experience in working with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission in the formation of private companies and non-profit companies, including drafting shareholding rights and directors duties in shareholders agreements.

The firm also specialises in the following commercial areas:

  • All forms of trade and commercial contracts
  • Formation of companies and trusts
  • Drafting memorandum of incorporations and trust deeds
  • Tax advice and representations at SARS
  • Representations at specialised courts, commissions, tribunals and forums (Income Tax Courts, International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) and the Competition Commission)
  • Arbitration as a form of alternative dispute resolution
  • International and cross border trade agreements
  • Debt collection for corporates and small businesses

Estates and Wills

  • Administration of deceased estates with relevant Masters of the High Court
  • Liquidation and sequestration applications
  • Drawing up of living estates and wills


  • Property advice, real estate property valuation and sale of property
  • Conveyancing and property transfers – Immovable Property and Sectional Title Transfers
  • Residential and commercial evictions
  • Consumer law advice pertaining to the Consumer Protection Act and the National Credit Act

Copyright, Trademarks and Intellectual Property

  • Intellectual Property Protection and Application
  • Prosecution and registration of Trademarks

Dispute Resolution and Litigation

  • Mediation and arbitration with expertise in alternative dispute resolution
  • Preparation of legal opinions and heads of argument
  • Administrative Reviews
  • Litigation in all Magistrates’ Courts and High Courts
  • Appeals and Reviews to the High Court, Full Bench, Supreme Court of Appeal or the Constitutional Court
  • Litigation in the Family Court
  • Litigation in the Labour Court – we have relevant experience in advising employer organisations and employees at the CCMA and the Labour Court
  • Medical negligence cases and representations at the Health Professions Council of South Africa

International Human Rights

Ziyaad specialises in international human rights law, international humanitarian law and lawfare advocacy. He has substantial experience in working with local and international solidarity based organisations in representing different rights groups and victims in multiple regions including Africa, Asia and the Middle East and occupied Palestine. See in the media for recent advocacy or wisit the Media section for details.

A separate department also assists affected parties in constitutional and international human rights related matters. The firm has gained significant insight in respect of international criminal law and universal jurisdiction related to the Rome Statute and the International Criminal Court.


While teams at Ziyaad E Patel Attorneys specialise in particular areas, the staff at the firm have particular expertise in the following sectors:

Business and finance

Commercial security services

Wholesale, distribution and retail








Mining and Energy