Sam Oosthuizen is a director in our Dispute Resolution practice. Sam's areas of specialisation are aviation litigation, banking law including bills of exchange, documentary letters of credit and bills of exchange, anti-bribery and corruption, and forensic investigations.



  • BProc, University of Johannesburg
  • Year of admission as an attorney: 1985


Law Society of the Northern Provinces


  • Represented various financial institutions in a number of reported cases involving bills of exchange, financing arrangements, exchange control, customised trade solutions, security documentation and letters of credit.
  • Advised and assisted banks and audit firms with forensic investigations.
  • Advised London underwriters in respect of various issues relating to insurance.
  • Acted for a number of international airlines relating to claims and losses and in respect of damage to aircraft.
  • Advised financial institutions as well as other corporate entities as well as liquidators and receivers in respect of insolvency and related issues.

Market recognition

  • Chambers Global 2012 and 2013 Sam is ranked Band 4 Dispute Resolution. He is noted for his particular expertise in aviation and banking matters. He represents Nedbank in several cases, including a ZAR1.5 billion dispute with Pinnacle Holdings.
  • The Legal 500 EMEA series 2007 to 2014 commended Sam for banking and financial services (including insurance) litigation. He is named as one of the recommended lawyers in Dispute Resolution.
  • Practical Law CompanyPLC Which Lawyer? 2011 and 2012 endorsed Sam as a leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution.
  • Who's Who Legal - International Who's Who of of Business Lawyers 2011 selected Sam as one of the world's leading lawyers.
  • Expert Guides: Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers 2007 to 2010: named Sam (through in-house counsel and peer research) among South Africa's pre-eminent Litigation lawyers.
  • Best Lawyers International 2013 South Africa listed Sam in Arbitration and Mediation as well as Litigation.


Sam began his career in 1983 as a candidate attorney at Cliffe Dekker and Todd (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr). In 1985, Sam was appointed as an associate and became a director in 1988.


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