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Lauren Fine

Lauren Fine

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Lauren is a disputes specialist with experience in all aspects of general commercial litigation and arbitration. As an accredited mediator she also specialises in alternative dispute resolution.

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Lauren is a disputes specialist with experience in all aspects of general commercial litigation and arbitration. As an accredited mediator she also specialises in alternative dispute resolution.

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Lauren has acted for both corporate and private clients, including a range of listed national retailers, manufacturers, property developers, and property holding companies. Her experience includes, but is not limited to, contractual, delictual, administrative, restraint of trade, testamentary, franchise, shareholder, director and property disputes. She has also successfully challenged and set aside legislation.

She has prosecuted and defended actions and applications in all forums including the Constitutional Court, SCA, various High Courts, Equality Courts, Copyright Tribunal, National Credit Tribunal, Equality Court, Consumer Council and private and AFSA regulated arbitrations.

Lauren represents creditors in business rescue proceedings, including in applications to remove business rescue practitioners. She has also represented a wide range of stakeholders in insolvency proceedings.

Lauren attended the University of Cape Town where she obtained her BA and LLB degrees. She is an admitted solicitor of England and Wales (non-practicing)  and is an accredited mediator with a certificate in commercial mediation from UCT.

Lauren was named an Acritas Star Lawyer in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

"She is a meticulous and diligent attorney when it comes to putting litigation matters together, she is brilliant at building a case and making quite sure she protects her clients. She is hard working and fun”  - Nomination for 2018 Acritas Star Lawyer award

“She is meticulous, dedicated and approaches litigation with a lot of common sense.” - Nomination for 2019 Acritas Star Lawyer award

Experience
  • Challenge to music royalty tariff for playing background music in retail stores: Successfully brought an application (to the Copyright Tribunal, Supreme Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court) on behalf of listed retailers against the South African Music Performance Rights Association (SAMPRA) in which the retailers challenged the needle-time royalty tariff in the Copyright Tribunal and the retail tariff was reduced by approximately 75%.
  • Challenge to affordability assessment regulations to the NCA: Successfully challenged, on behalf of 3 national listed retailers, and set aside the affordability assessment regulations to the National Credit Act.
  • Opposing claim by regulator of breach of the NCA: Successfully opposed an application brought by the Credit Regulator against a listed national retailer to, inter alia, declare the retailer to be in breach of the provisions of the NCA BY allegedly breaching the terms of the NCA by allegedly including club membership fees as a cost of credit
  • Challenge to legislation: Brought a constitutional challenge to section 2B of the Wills Act.
  • Search and Seizure: Obtained a civil search and seizure order, on behalf of an internal listed insurance company, to search premises and seize stolen goods if found (believed first ever in civil case).

Sectors

Sectors

  • Hospitality

  • Retail & Consumer

Services

Services

  • Commercial Disputes

  • Insolvency & Reorganisation

  • Real Estate

  • Regulatory & Investigations

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