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Lavery Modise focuses on all aspects of employment and labour law and represents clients in all courts up to the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court.

Since 2002, he has been invited to act as a judge of the Labour Court from time to time.


In addition, he acts as arbitrator and mediator in employment related matters for corporate, state-owned entities and government departments.


He acts as arbitrator and mediator in labour related matters for corporate, state owned entities and government departments.


Lavery has advised numerous prominent companies and boards as well as state-owned entities such as South African Revenue Service, South African Broadcasting Corporation, Multichoice, Nozala Investments, National Energy Regulator of South Africa, Department of Science and Technology, CIDA City Campus, University of Johannesburg, Eastern Cape Gambling Board, Gauteng Tourism Authority and the National Prosecution Authority on executive employee exits and aspects of employment law.

Furthermore, he has chaired various disciplinary inquiries relating to misconduct committed by senior management executives at entities such as the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature, Department of Labour, Department of Home Affairs, Wits University, Mbombela Municipality and the Limpopo Provincial Transport Department.

Lavery has been recognised from 2014–2022 in The Best Lawyers in South Africa for Labour and Employment law and has been recommended in Legal 500 as a “seasoned professional with extensive court experience”. Chambers Global ranked him, as “Eminent Practitioner” and the South African Professional Services Awards presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

Chambers Global 

“Lavery Modise is a seasoned practitioner in the employment field. He is a sought-after figure for his knowledge and experience advising high-profile South African companies, in various sectors, on employee and executive exits, misconduct and disciplinary inquiries".



Administrative & Public Law



BA - University of Fort Hare

LLB - University of the Witwatersrand


20192024 Recognised in The Best Lawyers in South Africa for Labour and Employment Law, & Litigation 

2021 –  2024 Recognised in The Best Lawyers in South Africa for Sports Law

2023 – 2024 Recognised in The Best Lawyers in South Africa for Media Law






Southern Sotho




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Lavery Modise



+27 11 523 6011


+27 11 286 6900

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