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John Brand


  • Arbitration
  • Disciplinary Enquiry
  • Facilitation
  • Mediation
  • Training
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation

John is a Director and ADR specialist at Bowman Gilfillan. He has BA and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a director of Conflict Dynamics cc, Tokiso Dispute Resolution (Pty) Ltd. and co-Chairperson of the African Mediation Association. He is also a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR UK) accredited mediator. John was also one of the founder trustees of the Independent Mediation Service of South Africa (IMSSA) and vice chairperson of IMSSA from 1988 to 1994, and on their panel of trainers, mediators and arbitrators.

Over the past 20 years he has arbitrated and mediated many large commercial and employment disputes and he regularly facilitates negotiation, strategic planning and transformation processes.

John was a member of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) team of international experts appointed to design mediation training for developing countries. He regularly trains arbitrators and mediators in South Africa and has trained mediators from countries in the rest of Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and South America for the ILO. The ILO has also commissioned John to design training material and to train parties and trainers from countries across the world in mutual gain negotiation. This training material has been translated into French, Portuguese and Arabic and is used extensively throughout the world.

John has written extensively in journals and other publications, and recently co-authored the Second Edition of “Labour Dispute Resolution” published by Juta.

John is based in Johannesburg.