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Brick Court Chambers has added a high-profile South African barrister involved in writing South Africa’s constitution in 1996.
Silk Jeremy Gauntlett SC joins the set at the beginning of the year after an illustrious career in UK and Southern African law.
The silk has been acting for Zimbabwean commercial farmers who lost their land under the government’s land seizure programme. He has led the case before the SADC Tribunal, domestic courts and now the African Commission en route to the African Union’s Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
Gauntlett has played a key role in the development of democratic law in South Africa for the past 30 years, having been appointed to the first democratic Law Reform Commission by President Mandela in 1996. He is a member of the Johannesburg bar as well as the bar of England and Wales.
He was appointed an adviser to the Constitutional Assembly which produced the South African Constitution and was formerly the president of the Cape Bar, chairman of the General Council of the Bar of South Africa and an IBA council member.
He also led the constitutional challenge to the last presidential election in Zimbabwe in 2008 and sits as an arbitrator, as well as frequently appearing as lead counsel in the key courts in South Africa.
Gauntlett first became a member of both the Cape and Johannesburg bars and became a door tenant at Brick Court in 2005 (28 November 2005) after first taking silk in February 1989. He also sits as an international arbitrator in Mozambique and London.
He joins after a period of change at Brick Court. Its former head of chambers was called to the bench at the end of last year. Nicholas Green QC, a former Bar Council chair, took up the role as as a judge in the Queen’s Bench Division at the High Court in September (18 September 2013).
The following month the set appointed its first female head, taking on Helen Davies as joint head of chambers for a five-year term to sit alongside head Jonathan Hirst QC (4 October 2013).