Kamlesh holds degrees in Law and Social Science. She is a Commercial Mediator on the TOKISO and University of Stellenbosch Business School Panels. She was accredited as a Commercial Mediator by CEDR and by the ADR Group (UK) in 2008. She has coached and assessed Commercial Mediators for Conflict Dynamics and will be training Attorneys on behalf of LEAD to represent parties at Court aligned Mediation. She has been on TOKISO’s labour mediation and arbitration panels since its inception and was an IMSSA Mediation and Arbitration panelist from 1994 until its demise.
She became a director at Walkers Inc Attorneys in 2004 where she is involved in Property Law and Conveyancing, Deceased Estates, Labour Law and ADR. She is a part time Senior Commissioner at CCMA as well as a panelist on numerous Bargaining Council Panels. She became a CCMA Commissioner in 1996 and trained CCMA Commissioners of all levels in Substantive Law, Conflict Management, Conciliation and Arbitration Skills throughout SA. She subsequently assisted in developing updated materials for the CCMA in Substantive Law (LRA BCEA and Employment Equity Act) and in Arbitration Skills. She is a panelist for the Legal Services Project for protecting land tenure rights (Department of Land Affairs) and is on the Arbitration panel of the Cape Town Deeds Office.
Kamlesh was articled to Dullah Omar (A.M. Omar & Co) where she engaged in labour law and civil rights work, spending much time on treason trial work. She continued with the firm when she was admitted as an attorney in 1982, gaining experience in matrimonial matters, personal injury litigation, deceased estates and conveyancing. She was admitted as a conveyancer in 1985.
In 1986, Kamlesh commenced practice for her own account at 30 Keerom Street, Cape Town, under the name and style of K M Ker & Associates, where she focused on low cost housing (property law), family law and labour law. She became an Associate at UCT’s Centre for Conflict Resolution in 1992, becoming involved in political and community mediation, negotiating, inter alia, the withdrawal of armed forces from the townships during the run up to the 1994 elections. She trained election monitors in mediation skills and mediated election disputes. She was a delegate to a UNESCO conference on a Culture of Peace where she delivered a paper on Conflict Resolution, Management and Prevention-The South African Experience.
She developed lecturing materials for law students at University of the Western Cape on ADR and has served as a Chairperson on the UWC Staff Disciplinary Committee since 1993. She has chaired disciplinary hearings of high profile organisations and high profile executives. She completed the family mediation course in the mid ninetees and became a FAMAC mediator. Kamlesh is also a facilitator in Relationship Building Workshops and has assisted in Dispute System Design and Dispute Prevention. She has facilitated training workshops for TOKISO and for IMSSA in ADR processes, representing parties at Disciplinary Hearings, Employment Equity and Diversity Management.
Kamlesh is based in Cape Town.
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