Granting of Silk
28 February 2020
FAArb (SA) – Fellow of the Association of Arbitrators of Southern Africa
Member of the Commercial Panel of the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa
Member of the Society of Construction Law (UK) & (Africa)
Areas of Practice & Experience:
Clinton was called to the Bar in June 2000 after completing his articles and practising as an attorney at a leading firm of attorneys in Johannesburg for four years. From the outset Clinton’s focus was on commercial matters and, in particular, he appeared in matters concerning customs and excise law and international trade law. Clinton’s focus then shifted to construction law, an area of law in which he has practised for the past fifteen years and which he now regards as his area of speciality with particular emphasis on construction guarantees. Clinton has appeared as counsel in numerous construction law arbitrations; both domestic and international.
Over the years Clinton appeared in 11 cases reported in the official law reports, most of which were in the Supreme Court of Appeal. Clinton has also appeared in the Botswana Appeal Court and the High Courts in Botswana. Clinton has been appointed as the adjudicator or arbitrator in more than 20 matters, and chaired a commission of enquiry into irregularities in the appointment of equestrian riders for the 2012 Olympic Games. Clinton has acted as a judge of the High Court of South Africa.
Clinton is a man of faith. He also has a passion for uplifting young lawyers and for transforming the Bar. To that end he has regularly given lectures to pupil advocates as well as presented courses in alternative dispute resolution within construction contracts at seminars facilitated by the University of Pretoria and AFSA. Clinton is deliberate about working with black and/or female junior advocates so as to expose them to and school them in the field of construction law with a view to them becoming future leaders in the industry.