Jonathan Witts-Hewinson is a director in the firm's dispute resolution practice. Jonathan has extensive experience in relation to arbitration proceedings and other forms of alternate dispute resolution. His areas of expertise are commercial litigation, intellectual property disputes, insolvency law, product liability, unfair/unlawful competition, arbitration and alternate dispute resolution. He is a CEDR qualified mediator.
Jonathan began his career as a candidate attorney at Cliffe Dekker and Todd (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr) in 1983. In 1985, he was appointed as an associate and promoted to senior associate in 1986. In 1987 Jonathan became a director.
Jonathan has represented an international motor corporation in a dispute arising from an assembly agreement with a third party motor corporation; represents one of the major construction companies listed on the JSE; advised a major South African Bank on removal of directors of a subsidiary company in connection with fraud and numerous breaches of good corporate governance; represented a leading South African bank in securing its intellectual property rights (and more particularly copyright) relevant to computer programmes written for its banking systems (where the contractors employed to assist with the writing of those programmes, sought to develop similar software for their independent financial gain); enforced the copyright of a medical distribution company in respect of its software systems against a third party who sought to develop similar software to market to our client’s competitors; and resisted an application brought against a JSE listed corporate where the applicant sought to suggest that an interactive booking system had been developed in breach of both patented rights as well as copyright (unsuccessfully) contended for by the applicant.
WWL says: Jonathan Witts-Hewinson is director of the firm’s dispute resolution practice, and has a reputation in the industry for “always delivering for clients”.
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