Peter van Niekerk is the Managing Partner and head of Eversheds Sutherland's litigation department. He specialises in commercial litigation, insurance, construction, and employment law. Peter has served as an Assessor in the High Court as well as a Commissioner of the Small Claims Court. He has also acted as a mediator and arbitrator in commercial, labour and matrimonial disputes and has received a band 3 rating for Dispute Resolution Lawyers in South Africa and is listed in the Chambers Legal Directory. Peter headed the legal team that received one billion rand in the settlement of a case of breach of contract, in favour of two pension funds - this is believed to be one of the largest settlement awards in South African legal history. Peter is on the board for Women and Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA). He has over 35 years' litigation experience and was voted best lawyer in the category: Arbitration and Litigation, in Business Day's Business Law and Tax Review. Peter was recently nominated and recognised in the Acritas Stars Survey in 2018 as a stand-out lawyer by clients that were independently surveyed and now features in the Acritas Stars database.