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Sherisa Rajah_Lawyer_Johannesburg

Sherisa Rajah *

Partner Fasken
I am a passionate and an energetic attorney, focused on achieving results for my clients.
Jurisdiction South Africa, 2009
Language(s) English, Zulu, Afrikaans
Office(s) Johannesburg
*Fasken is incorporated in South Africa as Bell Dewar Inc. (Registration No. 1995/004675/21). The term ‘partner’ in relation to Fasken Martineau is used to refer to a partner of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP who is also a director, employee or consultant of Bell Dewar Inc. with equivalent standing and qualifications.

Sherisa Rajah is a labour, employment and human rights lawyer in Fasken’s Johannesburg office. With a particular focus on forensic enquiries relating to employee misconduct, labour litigation and employment law, she represents clients in the financial, manufacturing (including automotive manufacturing), pharmaceutical, construction, mining, and SoE and municipal sectors. Sherisa has also acted for a number of incubator funds empowering entrepreneurs in the start up space. Sherisa's experience extends to across multiple jurisdictions in Africa.

An experienced practitioner, Sherisa assists clients with grievances, chairing and prosecuting disciplinary hearings, drafting pleadings and various applications, including restraints of trade, and conducting trials in the Labour Court, Labour Appeal Court and the Constitutional Court in the public and the private sector. She is no stranger to the Public Servants Act or the Public Finance Management Act, as a result.

Dealing with a broad range of mandates on behalf of clients, she skillfully handles demarcation disputes, contracts of employment, benefit and incentive schemes, forensic enquiries relating to employee misconduct, and conducting employment and corporate governance focussed due diligence investigations relating to human resources, and restraint of trade advice and litigation.


In terms of arbitrations, she deals with in limine applications pertaining to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, and other statutory tribunals. Sherisa also has expertise in labour relations management issues in the workplace, including collective bargaining with the trade unions, and providing advice and training on the interpretation and application of employment legislation.

  • H1 League Table, 2012 to 2017
  • Legal 500 EMEA, The Legal 500 Europe Middle East & Africa 2017
2012 to 2017 H1 League Table Advised as part of a team in a number of merger and acquisition corporate finance transactions that were recognised by H1 League Table (2012 to date).
2017 The Legal 500 Europe Middle East & Africa Legal 500 EMEA Recognised by Legal 500 EMEA for her expertise in the field of Labour and Employment (2017).
Date Client


  • Diploma, Pension Fund Law University of South Africa
  • LLB University of KwaZulu-Natal

Community involvement

  • Participated in the SASLAW pro bono project at the Labour Court (2009 to present).

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association (2016)
  • Member, Law Society of the Northern Provinces
  • Member, Black Management Forum (2015)
  • Member, National Association of Democratic Lawyers (2015) 
  • Member, South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW) (2009 to present).
Article, Co-Author As South Africans, we don’t think BIG enough – a South African lawyer’s experience in Silicon Valley Without Prejudice
Speaker Agile Working Solutions in a Changing Workplace - The ER/HR Conundrum Fasken Seminar
Speaker Gig Economy and its Implications on SA Employment CHRO & Business 4.0
Speaker Platform Work Employees or Independent contractors? SASLAW 2019

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