Peter Levenberg SC
Peter Levenberg SC
Telephone: 011-290-4000
Mobile: 083 453 9981
E-mail: peterlev@counsel.co.za

Peter Levenberg SC

Peter has 36 years experience as a commercial trial lawyer, 26 years in South Africa and 10 years in the United States of America. As an Acting Judge, Peter has been the author of 10 reported judgments. As counsel, he has appeared in 28 reported judgments.

Peter’s areas of speciality include business law, shareholder disputes, company law, corporate law, arbitration, contract law, complex commercial litigation, mergers and acquisitions, auditors liability, mining law, partnership law, administrative law, insolvency law, commercial mediation, banking law, business rescue, unlawful competition, insurance law, wills and trusts.

Peter was admitted to practice as an advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa in 1978. He practiced law continuously as a member of the Johannesburg Bar until 1987.

In 1987 he passed the California Bar Exam and was admitted to practice in US Federal Court and in California State Court. Peter practised law as a commercial litigator in San Francisco for 10 years. During that time he became a partner at Murphy Weir & Butler, a well known San Francisco based law firm that specialised in banking law and large corporate Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.

Peter returned to South Africa in 1998, where he resumed practice as an advocate in Johannesburg. In 2005, Peter was appointed as a Senior Counsel by President Mbeki.

Peter has served as an Acting Judge of the South Gauteng High Court on five occasions – 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.

From 2007 – 2008 Peter was a member of the Johannesburg Bar Council and served as Chairman of the Fee Committee and the Membership Committee.

Peter lectured legal writing for the Johannesburg Bar Council Pupillage Programme from 2002 – 2005.

As a Judge, Peter has been the author or co-author of the following 10 reported judgments:

• SA Taxi Securitisation (Pty) Ltd v Mbatha and 2 similar cases 2011 (1) SA 301 (GSJ).
• Klass v Contact Interiors CC (In Liquidation) & Others 2010 (5) SA 40 (W).
• Kebble v Gainsford & Others NNO 2010 (1) SA 561 (GSJ).
• Nordbak (Pty) Ltd v Wearcon (Pty) Ltd & Others 2009 (6) SA 106 (W).
• Scopeful 130 (Pty) Ltd v Mechani Mag (Pty) Ltd 2008 (3) SA 483 (W).
• Dercksen v Webb [2008] 2 All SA 68 (W).
• Forssman v Forssman 2008 (2) SA 144 (W).
• Gellman v Minister of Safety & Security 2008 (1) SA CR 446 (W).
• Wallace v 1662 G & D Property Investments CC 2008 (1) SA 300 (W).
• Van Jaarsveldt v Bosman [2007] 4 All SA 1198 (W).

As counsel, Peter has appeared in the following 28 reported judgments:

• Al-Kharafi & Sons v Pema & Others NO 2010 (2) SA 360 (W)
• Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund Inc v Industrial Credit Corporation Africa Ltd 2008 (6) SA 468 (W).
• Birkenruth Estates (Pty) Ltd v Unitrans Motors (Pty) Ltd (formerly Malbak Consumer Products (Pty) Ltd) and Others 2005 (3) SA 54 (W)
• Man Truck & Bus (S.A.) (Pty) Ltd v Dorbyl Limited t/a Dorbyl Transport Products & Busaf [2004] 2 All SA 113 (SCA)
• Man Truck & Bus (S.A.) (Pty) Ltd v Dorbyl Limited t/a Dorbyl Transport Products & Busaf 2004 (3) SA 226 (SCA).
• Man Truck & Bus (SA) (Pty) Ltd v Dusbus Leasing CC & Others 2004 (1) SA 454 (W)
• Bock & Others v Duburoro Investments (Pty) Ltd 2004 (2) SA 242 (SCA).
• Fedsure Life Assurance Co Ltd v Worldwide Africa Investment Holdings (Pty) Limited & Others 2003 (3) SA 268 (W)
• Duburoro Investments (Pty) Ltd v Bock & Others 2003 (2) SA 76 (W); [2002] 3 All SA 571 (W)
• Corinth Properties (Pty) Limited v FirstRand Bank Limited 2002 (6) SA 540 (W).
• Man Truck & Bus (S.A.) (Pty) Ltd v Victor en Andere 2001 (2) SA 562 (NC)
• Sage Life Limited v Van der Merwe 2001 (2) SA 166 (W)
• Peregrine Group (Pty) Limited & Others v Peregrine Holdings Limited & Others 2001 (3) SA 1268 (SCA)
• Peregrine Group (Pty) Limited & Others v Peregrine Holdings Limited & Others 2001 (3) SA 1268 (W)
• Rhino Hotel & Resort (Pty) Limited v Forbes & Others 2000 (1) SA 1180 (W)
• Simpex (Pty) Limited v Van der Merwe & Others 1999 (4) SA 71 (W)
• Umbogintwini Land & Investment Co (Pty) Limited (in liquidation) v Barclays National Bank Limited & Another 1987 (4) SA 894 (A)
• Food & Nutritional Products (Pty) Limited v Neumann 1986 (3) SA 464 (W)
• R Koster & Son (Pty) Limited & Another v Commissioner for Inland Revenue 1985 (2) SA 834 (A)
• Barclays National Bank Ltd v Umbogintwini Land & Investment Co (Pty) Ltd (in liquidation) & Another 1985 (4) SA 407 (D)
• Central Merchant Bank Ltd v Union Wine Ltd 1983 (1) PH E.5 (C)
• Goodwin v Diplomat Hotel & Others 1982 (3) SA 350 (W)
• Rabinowitz & Another NNO v NedEquity Insurance Co Ltd & Another 1980 (1) SA 403 (W)
• Rabinowitz & Another NNO v NedEquity Insurance Co Ltd & Another 1980 (3) SA 415 (W)
• Ex Parte Bates (in re Estate Bates) 1979 (3) SA 438 (W)
• Amaral v De Klerk 1979 (4) SA 309 (W)
• S v Maxaba en Andere 1981 (1) SA 1148 (A)
• S v Majola 1980 (3) SA 705 (W)

Peter has written the following academic publications:

• SOUTH AFRICA’S NEW CONSTITUTION – WILL IT LAST? – This article was published in The International Lawyer Vol 29 No. 3 (Fall 1995), a prominent international law publication produced by the American Bar Association.
• CAN A COMMITTEE KEEP A SECRET? – PROTECTING WORK PRODUCT AND THE ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE IN CREDITORS’ COMMITTEE REPRE¬SEN¬TA¬TIONS This article was published in the California Bankruptcy Journal Vol. 23 (1996).