Adv. S. Nzuzo is an all-rounder but specializes in labour law representing both employers and employees in internal disciplinary hearings, arbitrations and Labour Court.
Adv S Nzuzo is an expert in making sound legal opinions where he expresses legal conclusions about and/or legal analysis of a transaction or matter which is relied on by the addressee of the opinion.
It is a matter of some regret to me that the importance of drawing proper and legally sound pleadings appears to have been forgotten. While getting a pleading wrong these days is unlikely to result in imprisonment and/or similar outcome, getting the pleadings right has many advantages.
Its important that one gets pleadings right and doing so in a way that puts the client’s case in the best possible light having regard to the circumstances.
In essence, I accept straight off the bat that there is no one “right” way to draft a statement of claim or defence, but it is usually possible to draft one in such a manner as will maximise its strength. However, in order to do that I put emphasis to two points.
The importance of pleadings should not be overlooked and I do not do so. I subscribe to a view that a well-drawn pleading enable the parties to accurately identify the issues in dispute and evidence that will need to be called. I do not, however, overlook the fact that the drawing of a really good pleading in a complex case requires a mastery both of the relevant facts and the applicable law.
I am confident that my capabilities in understanding the principles upon which good pleading is based will benefit my clients and other legal practitioners.