Biggest Law Firms in South Africa

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Need a lawyer but aren’t sure which firm to go to? Choosing the right law firm in South Africa can be a little tricky, you want to make sure that the law firm you go to can cover a wide field from taxes to criminal law and that their team of lawyers and attorneys are highly skilled and have a distinguished reputation.

Business Link has compiled a list of the biggest and most popular law firms in South Africa. Take a look and see if one of them is the firm for you.

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Situated in Johannesburg and Cape Town, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is one of the top five law firms in South Africa. They have over 165 years of experience and offer trusted collaborative legal services.

Not only do they cover most fields of law, but they have also been the winners of M&A Deal Flow for ten years in a row. They employ more than 350 lawyers across Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Visit their website here.

Bowmans Law

Situated in Cape Town, Bowmans Law has a track record that spans more than 100 years. They have provided expert service and legal advice and were even awarded African Law Firm of the Year for 2018 by the African Legal Awards.

They have six offices across four African countries and employ over 400 specialised lawyers. Their six offices are situated in Cape Town, Dar Es Salaam, Durban, Johannesburg, Kampala and Nairobi.

Visit their website here.

Norton Rose Fulbright

With offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, Norton Rose Fulbright is an international law firm with its main headquarters based in the UK. In the United States they are the second largest firm and 10th in the world.

They employ more than 4000 lawyers and legal staff in more than 50 cities across Europe, America, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

In 2018 their gross revenue amounted to $1,969,315,000. They also placed 11th in the American Lawyer’s 2019 Am Law 200 ranking.

Visit their website here.

Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs South Africa (ENSafrica)

A pan-African law firm, ENSafrica has 200 years of experience and more than 620 practitioners under their wing. Their legal services cover sub-Saharan Africa and cover fields of law from legal and tax services.

Their firm is independent so they can ensure that their clients receive consistently high-quality services no matter what. They have 12 offices spread out across seven countries. You can find their offices in Ghana, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

Visit their website here.

Webber Wentzel

Based in Johannesburg and Cape Town, Webber Wentzel has over 150 years of experience in the legal industry and has a passion for helping their clients achieve their goals. They are home to one of the longest standing and dedicated pro-bono practices in South Africa.

Not only do they provide top-class service, but they also are engaged in a number of initiatives aimed at driving transformation and inclusivity in their organisation. They employ more than 450 lawyers across their two offices and cover most legal practices across a number of sectors.

Visit their website here.

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