herman

Member Type:
Senior Counsel

 Granting of Silk:
2008

 Qualifications:
BA(LAW)(US)1982
LLB (RAU) 1987

Areas of Practise:
Herman van Eeden SC was called to the Johannesburg Bar in 1989. He was recommended for silk in 2007 and received his Letters Patent the following year. 

Herman served on the treasury committee of the Johannesburg Bar for a number of years and on the management committee of The Maisels Group since 2005.  

In 2019 the group elected Herman to chair its management committee, a position he still holds.  

Herman first served as an acting judge of the South Gauteng High Court in 2008 and since then on a number of occasions. Judgments written by him were reported as follows:

  1. Marialdo Tre (Pty) Ltd v Dlamini and Others (45617/2017) [2019] ZAGPJHC 299 (23 August 2019)
  2. Absa Bank Limited v Sawyer (2018/17056) [2018] ZAGPJHC 662 (14 December 2018)
  3. SA Taxi Development Finance (Pty) Ltd v Phalafala (1512/2013) [2013] ZAGPJHC 55 (28 March 2013)
  4. Newcity Group (Pty) Ltd v Pellow NO and Others, China Construction Bank Corporation Johannesburg Branch v Crystal Lagoon Investments 53 (Pty) Ltd and Others (12/45437, 16566/12) [2013] ZAGPJHC 54 (28 March 2013)
  5. Brian Kahn Inc v Samsudin 2012 (3) SA 310 (GSJ)
  6. Builders Depot v Testa 2011 (4) SA 486 (GSJ)
  7. City of Johannesburg v Scholtz 2010 (1) SA 316 (W)
  8. S v Senyolo 2010 (2) SACR 571 (GSJ)
  9. Bonheur 76 General Trading (Pty) Ltd & Others v Caribbean Estates (Pty) Ltd & Others 2010 (4) SA 298 (GSJ)

Herman has a general commercial litigation practice and has often appeared in matters involving administrative law and review applications, banking law, suretyships and guarantees, contract, negotiable instruments, delict, insolvency, pension, and insurance law.  He has twice acted as amicus curiae in public law matters.  

He appeared in a number of reported judgments listed hereunder.

  1. S v Campbell & Others 1991 (1) SACR 435 (Nm)
  2. Sedibe & Another v United Building Society & Another 1991 (4) SA 65 (W)
  3. Sedibe & Another v United Building Society & Another 1993 (3) SA 671 (T)
  4. S v Farenden 1994 (1) SACR 229 (T)
  5. Diners Club SA (Pty) Ltd v Livingstone & Another 1995 (4) SA 493 (W)
  6. S v Easter 1995 (2) SACR 350 (W)
  7. Rautenbach v Minister vir Veiligheid & Sekuriteit 1995 (2) SACR 245 (W)
  8. Momentum Life Assurers Ltd v First National Futures (Pty) Ltd 1995 CLR 458 (W)
  9. Minister vir Veiligheid en Sekuriteit v Rautenbach 1996 (1) SACR 720 (A) 
  10. Durr v ABSA Bank Ltd 1996 CLR 472 (C)
  11. Sowden v ABSA Bank Ltd & Others 1996 (3) SA 814 (W)
  12. Wouda NO v Secured Investment Nominees (Pty) Ltd 1997 CLR 137 (W)
  13. Rocade Developments (Pty) Ltd v Van Vüren & Trathen (Pty) Ltd 1997 (3) SA 494 (W) and 1997 CLR 313 (W)2
  14. Durr v ABSA Bank Ltd 1997 (3) SA 448 (SCA) and 1997 3 All SA 1 (A) and 1997 CLR 331 (SCA) 
  15. Kunneke v Eerste Nasionale Bank van Suidelike Afrika Beperk 1997 (3) SA 300 (T) and 1997 CLR 76 (T)
  16. Mensky v ABSA Bank Ltd 1997 4 All SA 280 (W) and 1997 CLR 648 (W)
  17. Ex Parte Attorney-General WLD 1997 (2) SA 778 (W) and 1997 (1) SACR 293 (W)
  18. Silva v Minister for Safety & Security 1997 (4) SA 657 (W)
  19. S v Van der Sandt 1997 3 All SA 139 (W) and 1997 (2) SACR 116 (W)
  20. Commissioner for Customs & Excise v Standard General Insurance Co Ltd 1998 4 All SA 46 (W) and 1998 CLR 469 (W)
  21. Bond Equipment (Pretoria) (Pty) Ltd v ABSA Bank Ltd 1999 (2) SA 63 (W) and 1998 4 All SA 678 (W)
  22. Columbus Joint Venture v ABSA Bank Ltd 2000 (2) SA 491 (W) and 2000 CLR 287 (W)
  23. ABSA Bank Ltd v Van Biljon 2000 (1) SA 1163 (W) and 1999 CLR 577 (W)
  24. Spence v The Master & Others 2000 (2) SA 482 (W)
  25. Standard General Insurance Company Ltd v Eversafe (Pty) Ltd & Others 2000 (3) SA 87 (W)
  26. Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd v Currie 2001 CLR 311 (W)
  27. Strydom NO v ABSA Bank Beperk 2001 (3) SA 185 (T) and 2000 CLR 630 (T)
  28. First National Bank of Southern Africa Ltd v Rosenblum 2001 (4) SA 189 (SCA) and 2001 All SA 355 (A) and 2001 CLR 289 (A) 
  29. Commissioner for Customs & Excise v Standard General Insurance Company Ltd 2001 (1) SA 978 (SCA) 
  30. ABSA Bank Ltd v Bond Equipment (Pretoria) (Pty) Ltd 2001 (1) SA 372 (SCA)
  31. Columbus Joint Venture v ABSA Bank Ltd 2002 (1) SA 90 (SCA) and 2001 CLR 471 (A)
  32. ABSA Bank Ltd v Greyvenstein 2003 (4) SA 537 (SCA) and 2003 CLR 128 (SCA) 
  33. ABSA Bank Ltd v Fouche 2003 (1) SA 176 (SCA) and 2002 4 All SA 2455 (SCA) and 2002 CLR 399 (SCA)
  34. ABSA Bank Ltd v Burmeister and Others 2004 (5) SA 595 (SCA)
  35. Burg Trailers SA (Pty) Ltd v ABSA Bank Ltd 2004 (1) SA 284 (SCA) and 2003 CLR 205 (SCA) 
  36. Standard General Insurance Company Ltd v Commissioner for Customs and Excise 2005 (2) SA 166 (SCA)
  37. Du Preez and Another v NWK and Another (ABSA Bank) 2005 3 All SA 551 (B)
  38. Pitsiladi v ABSA Bank Ltd 2007 (4) SA 478 (SECLD)
  39. Imperial Group (Pty) Ltd v NCS Resins (Pty) Ltd 2007 2 All SA 483 (SCA)
  40. Absa Bank Bpk. v Du Preez en ‘n Ander, Absa Bank Bpk v Beyplas (Edms) Bpk. en ‘n Ander (343/06, 344/06) [2007] ZASCA 67; [2007] SCA 67 (RSA) (29 May 2007)
  41. Alexander Forbes Financial Services (Pty) Ltd v Mitchell Cotts Pension Fund and Others In re: Mitchell Cotts Pension Fund and Others v Alexander Forbes Financial Services (Pty) Ltd (08/7872) [2009] ZAGPJHC 67 (13 November 2009)
  42. HMKL 3 Investments (Pty) Ltd v South African National Roads Agency Limited and Others (67270/2010) [2011] ZAGPPHC 24 (7 February 2011)
  43. Primedia (Pty) Ltd and Others v Passenger Rail Agency of SA and Others (6168/2012) [2012] ZAGPJHC 93 (11 May 2012)
  44. Uys and Another v Investgold Close Corporation (2011/45744) [2013] ZAGPJHC 117 (3 May 2013)
  45. Human v Berger and Another (2012/47836) [2013] ZAGPJHC 305 (7 May 2013)
  46. Van Zyl and Another v Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd (12341/2013) [2013] ZAGPJHC 206 (9 May 2013)
  47. Esorfranki Pipelines (Pty) Ltd and Another v Mopani District Municipality and Others [2014] 2 All SA 493 (SCA)
  48. Investgold Close Corporation v Uys and Another (686/2013) [2014] ZASCA 166 (1 October 2014) 
  49. Pick n Pay Retailers (Pty) Ltd v Masstores (Pty) Ltd and Another (46501/2014) [2014] ZAGPPHC 769 (26 September 2014)
  50. Democratic Alliance and Another v African National Congress (001/15 Electoral Court) [2015] ZAEC (5 March 2015)
  51. Blackberry Limited and Another v Silver Meadow Trading 257 (Pty) Ltd t/a Phat Concepts and Others (50304/14) [2015] ZAGPPHC 323 (11 May 2015)
  52. Law Society of the Free State v Le Roux and Others (3039/2014) [2015] ZAFSHC 233 (30 November 2015)
  53. Stuart NO and Others v Moolla NO and Others (2816/2016, 2817/2016, 2818/2016, 2819/2016, 2820/2016, 2821/2016, 2822/2016) [2016] ZAKZDHC 18 (29 April 2016)
  54. NCP Chlorchem (Pty) Ltd v National Energy Regulator and Others 2017 (6) SA 158 (GJ)
  55. The Social Housing Regulatory Authority v Camel Rock Social Housing Institution NPC (5531/2016) [2017] ZAGPJHC 443 (16 October 2017)
  56. Tarspray CC v Asphalt Services CC (A5061/2016) [2017] ZAGPJHC 308 (8 November 2017)
  57. Edcon Limited v Bay West City (Pty) Ltd (A5029/17) [2018] ZAGPJHC 39 (6 March 2018)
  58. M obo M v Member of the Executive Council For Health of the Mpumalanga Provincial Government (47217/2015) [2019] ZAGPPHC 935 (21 October 2019)
  59. Churchill v Premier, Mpumalanga and Another 2020 (2) SA 309 (MN)
  60. M N and Others v member of the Executive Council, Department of Health, Mpumalanga Province (2038/2017; 2617/2017; 2040/2017) [2020] ZAMPMBHC 15 (11 September 2020)
  61. N Z v Member of the Executive Council, Department of Health and Social Development of the Mpumalanga Provincial Government (1572/2017) [2020] ZAMPMBHC 19 (12 October 2020)
  62. Churchill v Premier of Mpumalanga and Another 2021 (4) SA 422 (SCA); [2021] 2 All SA 323 (SCA)

Herman is married to Olmay and they have two children: Steyn, a BPhil graduate from the North West University, currently enrolled for an Honours degree in Psychology, and Helena, a BA (LAW) student at the University of Pretoria.  He takes a keen interest in outdoors life and enjoys spending time in the Vredefort Dome, Free State, where he commercially farms cattle and sheep.