Johan Esterhuizen

Partner


Qualifications:

BA, LLB, LLM, along with a HDip (Tax) from Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg)


Specialisations and Interests:

Johan advises retirement funds, medical schemes, employers, unions, insurers, administrators and other service providers on a wide range of legal issues concerning occupational retirement and medical funding. Drafting of opinions on a range of employee benefit issues including issues relating to pre-funding of employer liabilities in respect of post-retirement medical aid, past improper use of surplus, constitutional issues, duties and powers of trustees and employment-related issues. He also has extended experience in pension law, commercial and constitutional litigation in the context of commercial transaction and in relation to employee benefits and has a wide range of experience in insolvency, forensic and regulatory work. He acts as mediator and arbitrator in various financial services related matters. Is a liquidator of various retirement funds appointed by the Financial Services Conduct Authority (‘FSCA’) and have also been appointed as curator of retirement funds by the FSCA. Johan is also a co-author of Hunter Law’s textbook The Pension Funds Act: A Commentary.

  • Special interests and expertise:
  • All aspects of litigation work including the representation of clients before the pension funds adjudicator, the appeal board and the enforcement committee established in terms of the Financial Services Board Act, the high court and the supreme court of appeal;
  • Research and writing detailed legal opinions on all aspects of employee benefits law; and

Training principal officers and members of fund boards of management.