Livingstone Crichton

For 100 years Livingstone Crichton has been providing legal services and advice to businesses and private individuals. Our professional and dedicated approach to relationships and pricing allows us to provide a highly personalised service at excellent value and with exceptional quality of delivery.

100 years: a proud track record

Livingstone Crichton was established in 1915 when Albert Livingstone founded a general legal practice in Johannesburg. Under his leadership the firm built up a reputation for being fearless in the pursuit of justice. Notably, we were involved for the defendants – including Nelson Mandela – in the high-profile 1956 Treason Trial.

Today the firm, which has experienced controlled but significant growth, offers a wide range of general and specialised, professional services. Our client base ranges from individuals and market leaders to listed companies.We strive to meet the specific needs of our clients and stake our reputation on the delivery of personal service by dedicated professionals.

It remains our avowed intention to develop and retain a team of competent and dynamic lawyers who render professional services of the highest quality and who are truly representative of a changing South Africa. We therefore actively recruit and promote talented professionals from all sectors of the South African population, with particular emphasis on previously disadvantaged groups.

We pride ourselves on providing common sense, practical and effective legal advice and solutions.

Recent Client Matters

"Our insurance litigation attorneys have recently advised on a number of complex, high-value professional negligence claims involving insurance brokers, financial service providers, medical practitioners, architects, professional valuers and financial institutions. In addition, our insurance team has also advised local and international insurers, reinsurers and Lloyd’s syndicates extensively on complex policy coverage investigations involving exposures in excess of R250m into professional indemnity, fidelity and bankers blanket bond policies. The firm has also been instructed to act in a number of directors & officers liability claims in excess of R100m and to defend directors from various breach of fiduciary claims emanating within inter alia the mining and construction industries."

"Our commercial litigation team has recently advised on various aspects pertaining to and litigation in respect of a number of shareholder disputes, shareholder dispute resolution, director’s fiduciary duties and related delinquent director proceedings. In addition, the team has worked extensively on various disputes relating to and flowing from the provisions of the new Companies Act of 2008. They have also recently acted in a number of High Court proceedings involving contractual disputes and/or the recovery of contractual damages in excess of R10m."

"The firm has recently and successfully represented a major international Asian shipping company in relation to a BEE shareholder dispute involving a number of complicated legal issues and urgent interdict court proceedings."

"Our labour attorneys recently and successfully opposed urgent interdict proceedings involving a restraint of trade for a senior executive within the IT sector."

"The conveyancing and property dispute team have, and continue to be, extensively involved in a number of complex and significant value property disputes. In addition, they have rendered expert conveyancing advice in a complicated conveyancing transaction that involved High Court litigation."

"Our commercial attorneys have advised on several extensive and intricate contractual transactions within the IT sector involving various software license, support, maintenance and related service agreements. In addition, they regularly act in numerous sale of share, sale of business, joint ventures and general commercial transactions."

"Our private client practitioners have acted in numerous matters pertaining to trusts, trust governance, trustee and beneficiary disputes, and the interpretation of trust deeds. In addition, they have acted in a number of disputes and litigation pertaining to Wills and Estates."