David Short




  • David deals with all aspects of Labour and Employment Law including drafting contracts, Policies and Procedures, strike handling, negotiations and litigation in the Labour Court, Labour Appeal Court, Bargaining Councils and the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration.
  • David also deals with Education Law including advising Schools and Governing Bodies on their obligations in terms of the Schools Act, assisting with discipline of learners and employees.
  • He assists schools and governing bodies with disputes in terms of the Employment of Educators Act.
  • David drafts Policies, Codes and Procedures for schools and school governing bodies.
  • He also deals in all aspects of High Court and Magistrate’s Court Litigation.



Career Overview

  • After running his own practice of David Short Attorneys from December 2002, David joined Fairbridges as a director in 2006 and currently heads up the Employment Law Department.
  • David has chaired numbers of high profile disciplinary enquiries.  He was appointed and served on the bench as an Acting Judge of the Labour Court of South Africa in 2014.


  • B Proc (University of Pretoria)(1989)


  • Articles completed with Adams and Adams, Pretoria (1993)
  • Admitted as an Attorney (1993)
  • Professional Assistant at Adams and Adams, Pretoria, heading up the Employment Law Department (November 1993)
  • Director of Samson Okes Higgins (1996)
  • Commenced his own practice of David Short Attorneys (December 2002)
  • Director of Fairbridges (2006)
  • Acting Judge of the Labour Court of South Africa