Voted Best South African Labour Litigation Firm 2017 &
Sustained Excellence Award for Labour Law Adjudications 2017

Our team

We select our team members with the utmost care to ensure that our clients are provided with services by professionals who are self-motivated and driven with passion, in order to exceed every expectation.

Anton Bakker

Anton Bakker is a former acting Judge of the Labour Court of South Africa. He co-authors the preeminent employment law publication by LexisNexis ‘Principles and Practice of Labour Law’. Anton is a visiting lecturer at the University of Pretoria.

He graduated with a Master’s degree in Labour Law from the Potchefstroom University [now University of North-West] in 2000. He received the degrees B.Proc and LLB from the same university in 1998 and 1999 respectively. In 1999 he participated in an international legal programme and was accepted as an exchange student at the Katholieke University Leuven in Belgium. During this exchange programme his focus was on Labour Law giving him the opportunity to participate in the activities of the International Labour Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland.

Anton takes pride in efficiency and professionalism that has contributed to his successes. He has good people relations and social skill, evident in his appointment as a part-time lecturer at the University of Pretoria as part of their Certificate in Advanced Labour Law. He has examined many theses of Masters Students at higher education institutions across South Africa.

Anton is contracted by the Law Society of South Africa to lecture on the principles of South African Labour Legislation. He provides training to candidate attorneys at most major Universities in Gauteng.

He has completed the Certificate in Pension Funds Law at the UNISA Centre for Business Law and recently done an Advanced Certificate in Admin Law at the Mandela Institute School of Law, University of Witwatersrand. Both qualifications were obtained by Anton cum laude.

Hardus Lee

Hardus Lee joined the firm as a Senior Associate in January 2015 and was promoted to Director in May 2017. Hardus has achieved degrees in B.Com (Law) and LLB at the University of Pretoria in 1999 and 2001 respectively. After completing his studies, he articled and worked as a Professional Assistant at Serfontien, Viljoen & Swart Attorneys which is where he was first introduced to the world of labour law. After he was admitted in 2005, Hardus pursued a more specialised experience in the field of industrial relations and labour law legislation while working for an employer’s organisation. In 2008, he joined Snyman Attorneys, first as an Associate and then later as a director, where he specialised in Labour Law. Hardus brings with him his vast knowledge and expertise of the labour industry.

Magdeline Modiba

Magdeline Modiba Magdeline Modiba joined the firm in January 2023. She holds a BA Law and LLB degree from the University of Pretoria as well as an Advanced Certificate in Labour Law. Upon completing her studies, she became an article clerk and later retained as a Professional Assistant at Du Toit Attorneys & Specialist Labour Practitioners. She has been vastly exposed to labour law, attending to various internal disciplinary hearings and cases in the CCMA, Bargaining Councils and Labour Courts.

Smangaliso Mthombothi

Smangaliso Mthombothi joined the firm as a candidate attorney in April 2022. Smangaliso has achieved a degree in LLB at the University of Limpopo in 2019.

We are in good standing with many highly skilled senior counsels who specialise in labour and related litigation, and who are always on standby to assist with inter alia, urgent court proceedings, interdicting illegal strikes or protest action. The team at Anton Bakker Attorneys is familiar with all aspects of employment law allowing them to provide cost-effective professional guidance to both employers and employees. The firm has been involved in several pioneering lawsuits and has achieved abundant success at all forums from CCMA and Bargaining Councils through to the Labour Court and the Constitutional Court.