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Venolan  Naidoo, Partner

Venolan Naidoo

Partner Fasken
Language(s) English
Office(s) Johannesburg


Venolan Naidoo is a labour, employment, dispute resolution and data privacy lawyer in Fasken’s Johannesburg office.

Venolan has extensive experience in advising and representing a wide array of clients, including, multinational companies, local companies, statutory bodies, local government, and corporate executives.

He represents clients from a broad area of sectors and industries, which include, financial institutions, technology companies (including artificial intelligence and semantic technology), renewable energy companies, large retailers, food and beverage companies, media companies, transportation and logistics, pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, specialist consultancy/think tanks, marketing companies, and professional firms (including for medical practitioners).

Venolan has experience in a vast area of labour and employment law, including:

  • representation in unfair dismissal disputes;
  • unfair labour practice disputes;
  • review/motion proceedings and trials in the Labour Court;
  • formulating and drafting of employment contracts (including for executives);
  • formulating and drafting codes, policies, and procedures;
  • advice on benefits and formulating/drafting bonus and incentive schemes;
  • operational exercises (restructuring and retrenchment, including large retrenchments);
  • advice on employment in respect of mergers and acquisitions;
  • restraints of trade;
  • matters relating to whistle-blowing/protected disclosures (including formulating such policies and procedures);
  • collective/organisational rights disputes;
  • discrimination disputes;
  • strike management;
  • matters relating to due diligence;
  • investigations (including forensic) in relation to employee misconduct;
  • internal hearings (whether for misconduct, performance, or medical incapacity);
  • providing written legal opinions on complex labour/employment law issues.

He represents clients and regularly argues cases in various forums, including, the Labour Court, CCMA, bargaining councils, and internal/tribunal hearings. He also represents clients in the High Court, Labour Appeal Court, and Supreme Court of Appeal.

Venolan also deals with various aspects of data privacy law, including POPIA compliance, formulating of data privacy policies, etc.

Although Venolan’s primary area of expertise is in labour and employment law, he also has experience in commercial dispute resolution, including, shareholder disputes, director liability disputes, Anton Piller enforcements, non-disclosure and/or confidential information disputes, and unlawful competition.



  • Individual Pro Bono Award (Western Cape), South African Society for Labour Law 2017
2017 South African Society for Labour Law Individual Pro Bono Award (Western Cape)

Career & Education


  • LLM University of South Africa
  • LLB University of South Africa

Memberships & Affiliations

  • 2022 to present President South African Society for Labour Law
  • 2020 to present Research Associate University of the Western Cape Faculty of Law’s Centre for Transformative Regulation of Work, Labour Law in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (LL.4.0)
  • 2020 to 2022 National Vice - President South African Society for Labour Law
  • 2018 to 2021 Member National Executive Committee of the South African Society for Labour Law
  • 2018 to 2020 Member Western Cape Executive Committee of the South African Society for Labour Law
  • 2015 to 2016 International Society for Labour and Social Security Law
  • Member Gauteng Chapter of the South African Society for Labour Law
  • Member Legal Practice Council of South Africa


Fasken Institute



Speaking Engagements

Speaker Navigating Labour Law in the 4th Industrial Revolution ISACA Webinar
Speaker Legal obligations and responsibilities to prevent and deal with sexual harassment in the workplace An awareness event, hosted by the French Embassy in South Africa in partnership with Mazars South Africa & Fasken

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