Veronica Vurgarellis has more than 15 years’ litigation experience in the courts and in alternative dispute resolution forums and has right of appearance in the High Court of South Africa.


In addition to acting for clients in dispute resolution matters, she provides training to parastatals regarding proper procurement practices and appropriate tender processes.

Her practice includes:

  •  Administrative law disputes (tender disputes, applications in terms of the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act, The Public Finance Management Act and the Promotion of Access to Information Act)

  • Construction law disputes (acting on behalf of owners, engineers and project managers)

  • Commercial disputes (acting on behalf of financial institutions, corporate entities, insurance companies and shareholders in shareholder disputes)

  • Regulatory matters (acting on behalf of corporate entities in respect of National Credit Regulator and Consumer Protection Commission investigations and hearings)


Veronica assists our oil and gas clients with litigation support in respect of disputes with dealers. This involves:

  •  Franchise, supply or lease agreements

  • Disputes with landlords in respect of lease agreements

  • Securing the release of equipment unlawfully retained by dealers, landlords or subsequent occupiers of properties upon which the equipment is installed

  • Providing advice regarding environmental obligations

  • Giving effect and, if necessary, enforcing the client’s pre-emptive rights

  • Defending any other form of contractual or delictual litigation arising from events on our client’s dealers sites

  • Defending product liability claims

  • Assisting client with arbitrations in terms of section 12(b) of the Petroleum Products Act

  • Assisting client with any applications to the Department of Energy for the obtaining of retail and site licenses

  • Dealing with disputes referred to the Controller of Petroleum Products

  • Recovery of amounts due by debtors



Administrative and Public Law

Financial Services


International Arbitrations


Litigation & Arbitration

Public Procurement

Real Estate



1994/1996/1997 BA LLB LLM - University of Stellenbosch

PG Cert Adv Admin Law - University of the Witwatersrand


20182019 Recommended in Legal 500 Dispute Resolution

20192021 Recognised in The Best Lawyers in South Africa for Litigation

Bar Admissions

4 April 2000

Court Admissions

High Court





Veronica Vurgarellis

Director & Member of the Management Board



+27 11 523 6035

+27 11 286 6900

Practice area:

Constitutional & administrative law, Commercial litigation, Construction & engineering

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