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Milestone 15th Edition of The Best Lawyers in South Africa Announced

Newly Released Milestone 15th Edition The Best Lawyers in South Africa

AUGUSTA, Ga., 16 November 2023 — Highly anticipated by the South African legal community for celebrating 15 years as the marker for legal excellence, Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected Purely Peer Review™ research and accolades company in the legal profession, proudly announces the milestone 15th edition The Best Lawyers in South Africa™ rankings.

From its inception to this milestone edition, the unique and comprehensive methodology of Best Lawyers accolades make this accolade a vital acknowledgement of outstanding contributions, impact and esteem of legal professionals in South Africa. As lawyers garner these accolades purely through peer recognition, often from those they practice against in mediations and court proceedings, these awards are widely regarded as the gold standard within the legal industry.

“As we mark this significant milestone with the 15th edition, Best Lawyers awards continue to symbolize the pinnacle of legal excellence, as determined by peers,” said Best Lawyers CEO Phillip Greer.

The 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in South Africa recognizes the professional excellence of 879 lawyers from 159 firms across 61 practice areas. 46 of these lawyers earned the “Lawyer of the Year” distinguishment, which is a  true testament to their legal prowess as this award is presented to only one lawyer with the highest peer-review feedback in their practice area and metropolitan area.

In addition to the individual lawyer accolades, 13 law firms were bestowed “Law Firm of the Year” awards in the 15th edition. “Law Firm of the Year” awards recognize a single top firm for its work in a specific legal practice area nationwide. The rigorous evaluation considers factors such as lawyer feedback, the number of lawyers included in Best Lawyers for that firm and practice area, the firm's geographical reach, and historical analysis of the firm’s “Lawyer of the Year” awards.

Johannesburg emerges as the metro area with the most listed lawyers for the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in South Africa, underlining its pivotal role in the legal landscape.

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For more than four decades, Best Lawyers has assisted those in need of legal services to identify the lawyers best qualified to represent them in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. All hopeful candidates must be nominated and vetted by their peers before being recognized by Best Lawyers. Lawyers are not required nor allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, recognition by Best Lawyers is considered a singular distinction.