Shehnaaz Rawat

Areas of Practice: arbitration, commercial law, insolvency and company law, labour law

Year of Admission


Contact Details

072 108 1592 / 011 895 9000

Ground Floor, Village Chambers

Shehnaaz qualified with the Bachelors degree in Law from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2008. Her passion for academics led her to complete her Masters degree in Labour and Commercial Law in the following year at the same university. Her commitment to excellence as a practitioner, led her to the Bar where she completed her pupillage successfully and was enlisted as a member of the Bar of Advocates of Johannesburg, in 2010.

Her practice has since grown largely into the fields of commercial law, with a particular interest in company law, corporate governance and alternative dispute resolution and labour law. Shehnaaz is also actively involved in undertaking pro bono matters with organizations such as the Wits Law Clinic, The Freedom of Expression Institute, and the Womens Legal Forum.

In 2015 she completed further advanced dispute resolution training with the ADR Network SA, and is an active member of their panel of arbitrators and its commitment to access to justice.

In 2014 akin to the global trend for greater corporate responsibility, she pursued advanced training in corporate governance with the Chartered Institute of Company Secretaries, alert to the new Companies Act and revised King Code. Her legal background is informative of statutory requirements and formalities and provides entities with the added advantage of guarding against non compliance and its repercussions.

Since 2015, her specialist legal, governance and compliance expertise has been sought out to a range of entities, including: State owned Enterprises, ALTEX & JSE listed, Trusts and private companies. Some of these entities include:

South African Broadcasting Corporation SOC Ltd
Independent Development Trust
Trudon Pty Ltd
Air Traffic and Navigation Services SOC Ltd
Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd

In 2015, against the backdrop of such experience, she was granted membership with the SA Institute of Directors.
In 2017, she completed advanced international arbitration training with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) (UK), which organisation she is also a proud Fellow.

She also sits on the board of Young Members to the CIArb (JHB), keen to encourage junior members with the necessary skill, as well as the greater use of the non adversarial system of law in general. She is also a member with the International Arbitration Commission (ICCA).

Her expertise is highly sought after with respect to legal and governance audits, board evaluations, performance reviews and executive contractual disputes. Her experience provides a unique adaptation of legal knowledge and company secretarial duties alert to the ever changing and evolving regulatory universe. Her mediation and arbitration experience often guides internal issues to quick and speedy resolution.

Fields of Practice

    Company Law
    Labour Law
    Corporate Governance

Principal Reported Cases

    Hlophe and Others v City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality and Others (48102/2012) [2013] ZAGPJHC 98; 2013 (4) SA 212 (GSJ) (3 May 2013).
    Klaas and Another v Eskom Holdings Ltd and Others (JR251/2011) [2016] ZALCJHB 152 (19 April 2016)
    Felicity Audrey Stirling v Fairgrove (Pty) Ltd and Two Others 2016/05591 ZAGPHC 2017


S Rawat “Freedom of religion in the workplace” LLM Dissertation, University of the Witwatersrand (2009)

Society Memberships

    Advocates for Transformation Legal Practice Act Committee of JHB Bar CIArb Young Members board


English, Afrikaans and Mandarin (basic)