Ushir Ahir is a general and commercial litigation practitioner, with a particular focus and experience in litigation in the constitutional and administrative law arenas, as well as in insurance law, health care, medical scheme regulation, and public law, including provincial and local government law.
As part of our litigation team, Ushir has been involved in representing several state-owned entities in multi-million rand contract disputes and tender review proceedings, and assisting provincial and local governments with Constitutional, employment and contractual disputes.
Ushir has extensive experience in administrative and public law, servicing both public and private sector clients with regard to interpretation of the Constitution and legislation, advising on policy and regulations, and diverse matters relating to the exercise of power by the state and procedures and remedies for pursuing fair administrative action and achieving administrative justice.
In the health care arena, Ushir was part of the team that brokered a win-win settlement in a R50m contractual dispute between one of South Africa’s largest medical aids and a former service provider, and has advised medical scheme clients on high-level employment disputes and on court judgements and matters affecting their scheme rules. He worked in our team that served as Secretariat to the Panel in the on-going Section 59 Investigation by the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) into alleged racial profiling and discrimination by medical schemes, and the team representing the CMS against a medical scheme regarding prescribed minimum benefits.
Litigation and Arbitration
Administrative and Public Law
Health Care and Medical Schemes
2016 PG Cert: Advanced Administrative Law - Mandela Institute at Wits
2013 LLB - University of KwaZulu-Natal
2016 - Attorney of the High Court of South Africa, with right of appearance
December 2015 Without Prejudice “Pay your maintenance” (with Palesa Nhlapo)
November 2016 Without Prejudice “Dladla: Temporary emergency accommodation resolved!”
July 2017 Without Prejudice “The ‘next highest court’” (with SJ Thema)
June 2018 Without Prejudice “From humble origins”
April 2018 Without Prejudice “To hire and fire: The president has the final say”
March 2018 Without Prejudice “PAJA vs legality”
May 2020 “Extended medical cover during COVID-19” (with SJ Thema and Clinton Mphahlele)
March 2021 “Counter-application vs collateral challenge” (with Clinton Mphahlele)