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Kara van de Pol is a consultant in our Dispute Resolution Department and a member of the Corporate Investigations Practice.
The greater part of her practice involves resolving commercial and contractual disputes. But as part of a team that has a special focus on business rescue & insolvency, Kara has advised companies seeking to enter into business rescue – as well as the shareholders, directors and creditors affected by the process. She has also acted for business rescue practitioners – including, in one matter, for those appointed to supervise the rescue of a company listed on the JSE’s Alt-X. She has represented a number of creditors and liquidators in insolvency proceedings and enquiries.
Kara has BA and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and was admitted as an attorney in 2010.
Kara has in recent years also advised on:
- applications to declare a director delinquent;
- restraint of trade agreements;
- unlawful competition;
- disputes between parties in partnerships;
- general contractual disputes (such as between commercial landlords or developers and tenants, between shareholders and directors, between sellers and purchasers, between manufacturers and distributors, and between contractors and sub-contractors); and
- defamation claims.
Her clients have ranged from commodity traders, property developers, gym chains and accounting firms – to statutory bodies, managed-healthcare providers, restaurant franchisees, sporting organisations and sub-contractors in large infrastructure projects. This has given her wide exposure to a broad range of industries – and to all of the different regulatory regimes that govern such businesses.
Out of the corporate realm, she has advised schools and a number of individuals in pro-amico and pro-bono matters. She has a special interest in public law.
Kara has a BA from the University of the Witwatersrand and an LLB from the University of South Africa.