The Rivonia Group

On the top two floors, corner of Rivonia and Pybus

The Rivonia Group is now located on the top two floors of the building at the corner of Pybus and Rivonia Road, Sandton.  The group moved to these new premises on 1 July 2019.

The group has since inception been on Rivonia Road.  Its name is, however, more than merely a reference to its location.  It resonates with the legacy of the search for justice and fairness in the Rivonia and Treason Trials, where lawyers like Issy Maisels QC, Sir Sydney Kentridge QC, Rex Welsh QC, Bram Fischer QC, Arthur Chaskalson SC and George Bizos SC ensured that even during their era, the independent Bar fulfilled its important role in society.

It is on the foundations laid by these giants that the group looks to build.  Much like its modern, ecologically responsible and technologically advanced glass high-rise, the Rivonia Group is still young.  It was founded in 2017 by established practitioners to assist in addressing a general shortage of chambers in Sandton.

The group continues to provide chambers to talented aspirant advocates from all backgrounds.  It furthers the Bar’s tradition of excellence in advocacy through inclusivity.  Its members are involved in advocacy training both domestically and internationally.  Through the transfer of knowledge and skills, the group pursues a transformation imperative that prevents the politics and ideology of the day from denying anyone the opportunity to fulfil their potential at the Bar and their role in society.  Many of the group’s members are also mediators and arbitrators, establishing the group as a centre for alternative dispute resolution practitioners.

The group’s dedicated reception area is on the 7th floor of its new building.  Chambers are on the 7th and 8th floors, slightly above and removed from the hustle and bustle at street level.  The building was purpose-built for advocates.   The group shares the ground floor reception, restaurants and modern state of the art arbitration and consultation facilities with Group One, which occupies floors 2 to 6.  

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