Marleze Blignaut

Senior Resolution Practitioner
LLB
Wellington
Commercial and private disputes, Workplace disputes

After being admitted as an attorney in 2008 and a conveyancer in 2009, Marleze turned her focus to alternative dispute resolution. She trained as an employment mediator and arbitrator, and for over 15 years worked in resolving workplace disputes. Marleze has worked across different industries, having facilitated industry wage negotiations, restructuring, workplace investigations and training. She has arbitrated a variety of disputes; including disputes involving senior employees, disputes involving union officials and disputes where expert witnesses were called.

In 2018 Marleze presented a paper on discrimination and disability at the SASLAW National conference in Cape Town.  The paper focused on mental health in the workplace and considered the challenges employees face when feeling isolated, depressed, and anxious. In 2019 Marleze also presented a paper on the admissibility of hearsay evidence at arbitrations.

Marleze has a vast variety of experience and has assisted Stellenboch and Wits Universities delivering their mediation training programmes. Marleze is an accredited member of the Resolution Institute and is currently the Senior Resolution Practitioner at Fair Way.

As a practitioner Marleze takes on the words of Nelson Mandela who said “without justice there can be no peace, but without peace, there can be no justice”. She believes when we step into the room as practitioners, we give parties a real chance to get both justice and peace.