Charl May

Charl May

Director, Litigation
Phone:  021 941 7745
Fax:  021 941 7800
Office:  Tyger Valley Chambers One, Tyger Valley
Charl is a director in the Litigation Department of the firm. As a general litigation practitioner who has a specific focus on labour and employment law, Charl has had a specialist focus in this field for the past 11 years. In addition to heading the firm’s Employment Law Department, Charl also provides strategic oversight and assistance to the Motor Insurance Recoveries and Liabilities Litigation Department of the firm.

His litigation experience includes family law, maintenance, insolvency litigation, credit and consumer related matters, property and evictions, criminal law, and labour and employment law. Charl joined Honey Attorneys (Cape Town), now BDP Attorneys, in December 2003 as a candidate attorney in the Civil Litigation Department. In February 2006, Charl was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa. He practised as a professional assistant specialising mainly in family law, insolvency law and labour law until he left the firm in March 2008. He joined E Moosa, Waglay & Petersen, now MWP Inc., as an associate in their General Litigation Department. Whilst practising here, Charl focused on corporate and commercial litigation, public and administrative law (specifically advising parastatals), insolvency law, and labour and employment law.

Charl then practised for his own account as Adams & May Attorneys from April 2009 until 31 July 2017. During this time, he remained primarily focused on employment and labour litigation for, inter alia, the Public Servants’ Association, NEHAWU, DUSWO, SEDA, the City of Cape Town, the Ciolli Brothers etc. Additionally, Charl’s focus was on providing low cost legal services to those who would not be able to afford quality service through legal insurance providers such as Scorpion Legal Protection, Clientele Legal, Lipco Law for All, Wokerslife, Izinga Access, Zurich and Europ Assistance, Hollard legal and Lexcorp. Charl joined the firm as a director on 1 August 2017.

Charl prides himself on a personal, personable and professional service that is rendered timeously and is of the highest quality. He is always available to his clients for the menial to the serious, and thrives under the most extreme pressure.

As an avid believer in giving back to the community, Charl does so by undertaking pro bono work during the year and assisting non-profits with registration and fundraising. Charl has an existing relationship with law clinics such as the Legal Aid Board, the Legal Resources Centre, Equal Education Law Centre and the Women’s Legal Centre who regularly refer pro bono related matters, some with a specific constitutional and/or human rights law focus.

Charl is a proponent of and believes in the advancement of transformation of the legal profession. Charl is a sports fanatic and when not at work, will enjoy watching rugby or football in his downtime.
Principal Services:
Principal Sectors:
Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
Golden Key International Honour Society
Community involvement:
Pro Bono work through Cape Law Society, Legal Resources Centre and Women’s Legal Centre
Honours & awards:
Dean’s Merit list 2001 & 2002