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Rosemary Hunter Johannesburg Lawyer

Rosemary Hunter

Partner Fasken
Retirement funds are precious. If they are well governed and managed and their assets invested in a sustainable way, they can provide financial security for their members and their families, give their members collective financial muscle, promote the good governance of, sound labour relations in, and the protection of the environment by, the companies in which they invest, and contribute towards economic stability and growth.
Jurisdiction South Africa, 1992
Language(s) English
Office(s) Johannesburg


Rosemary Hunter is a pensions, benefits and financial services attorney in Johannesburg, with a practice focussed on assisting various role-players to ensure that pension funds, medical schemes and other employee benefit schemes deliver fit for purpose, value for money benefits to the benefit of all stakeholders.

With knowledge and insights derived from her 25 years’ of experience in pensions and financial services law and regulation, including three years as deputy-registrar of pension funds appointed by the Minister of Finance, Rose’s advice on a wide range of legal issues faced by retirement funds, employee benefit schemes and providers of products and services to them is highly valued by her clients and respected by her peers.

She is a visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand for which she teaches pension law to post-graduate students and practitioners and her published legal writing, including the leading pension law text book in South Africa she co-authored and edited, has been cited with approval in the judgments of various courts and tribunals.

Rose represents clients in litigation, negotiation and in dealing with regulators. She also drafts agreements, pension fund rules, policies and codes and has advised the National Treasury, the Financial Services Board (since replaced by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority) and foreign governments and regulators on new approaches to the supervision of pension funds, administrators and other role players in the pensions industry and has drafted legislation and regulatory instruments.


  • Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers 2021 to 2023
  • Who’s Who Legal, Who's Who Legal 2018 to 2021
  • Whos Who Legal, Who's Who Legal 2018
Best Lawyers Publication name with laurels Best Lawyers Best Lawyer Recognised by Best Lawyers in the field of Employee Benefits Law
Who's Who Legal Publication name with laurels Who's Who Legal Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders Labour & Employment
Who's Who Legal Publication name with laurels Who's Who Legal Whos Who Legal Recognized in Who’s Who Legal for Thought Leadership (2018), ‘Rosemary Hunter is a go - to name on pensions and benefits, particularly retirement funds and employee benefit schemes. One source says “She is just unbelievable. Undoubtedly the premier pension funds lawyer in South Africa.”’

Career & Education


  • LLM, Labour Law University of the Witwatersrand
  • LLB University of Witwatersrand
  • BA, Law University of the Witwatersrand

Community involvement

  • Senior lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand 2003-present

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Law Society, 1992-present
  • Member, Pension Lawyers Association, 1998-present




Speaking Engagements

Speaker Retirement Reality: What you don't know about your pension fund Business Maverick Webinar
Speaker Retirement funds should be invested in well run infrastructure projects Annual Pensions & Retirement Summit 2020

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