The Best Lawyers in South Africa™ 2023

Best Lawyers proudly announces lawyers recognized in South Africa for 2023.

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November 16, 2022 04:00 PM

The Best Lawyers in South Africa™ Awards

For the 14th edition of The Best Lawyers in South Africa™ for 2023, we are excited to award 888 lawyers in 60 practice areas across four metropolitan areas. Johannesburg is the metropolitan area with the most listed lawyers.

We also awarded 46 "Lawyer of the Year" recipients. "Lawyer of the Year" honors are awarded annually to only one lawyer per practice area in each region with extremely high overall feedback from their peers, making it an exceptional distinction.

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Among the 60 practice areas with awarded lawyers in South Africa, the top 10 with the most recognized lawyers include: Corporate Law, Litigation, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Labor and Employment Law, Intellectual Property Law, Banking and Finance Law, Competition / Antitrust Law, Construction Law, Real Estate Law and Insurance Law.

Clients in South Africa are seeking legal talent searched for lawyers on most often in these 10 practice areas: Corporate Law, Litigation, Real Estate Law, Construction Law, Banking and Finance Law, Competition / Antitrust Law, Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Arbitration and Mediation and Labor and Employment Law.

A Brief History of Best Lawyers

More than 40 years ago, Best Lawyers was launched and sought to offer the most distinguished legal talent in an accessible source. Through decades of advancement and our trusted Purely Pure Review™ process, we now share our awards in 22 global markets.

Awards are determined by a nomination and peer review voting method, in which currently recognized lawyers in Best Lawyers offer their unbiased feedback on nominees. Best Lawyers continues to award only the top lawyers across worldwide legal markets.

"Law Firm of the Year" Awards

"Law Firm of the Year" awards recognize a single top firm for its work in a specific legal practice area nationwide. Awards are determined based on a handful of factors including lawyer feedback, the number of lawyers included in Best Lawyers for that firm and practice area, the number of office locations a firm has, historical analysis of the firm's "Lawyer of the Year" awards, materials submitted by firms, and the firm's overall scope and areas of expertise.

The 2023 "Law Firm of the Year" recipients in South Africa are:

Adams & Adams
Intellectual Property Law

Corporate Law

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Cox Yeats Attorneys
Insurance Law
Real Estate Law

Banking and Finance Law
Tax Law

Falcon & Hume
Mining Law

Labor and Employment Law

Pinsent Masons
Construction Law
Project Finance and Development Practice

Webber Wentzel

Werksmans Attorneys
Competition / Antitrust Law

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