Heritage & Philosophy

Heritage & Philosophy

We have a coveted reputation as one of the oldest, most prestigious and professional law firms in Africa. Many of our lawyers are recognised as experts in their fields by their peers both locally and abroad.


As a corporate and commercial law firm, we focus strongly on the needs of businesses. Our client base includes multinationals, listed companies, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and government. We have built our reputation on the delivery of exceptional legal services and make it our business to understand the full impact of our advice on all facets of our clients’ businesses.


We are geared for agility, efficiency and accessibility through our geographic footprint, the range of legal services we offer, the way we structure them and how we interact with our clients.


A strong culture of teamwork and collaboration exists across the diverse skills base of our organisation, ensuring that skills are deployed to match each client’s requirements and that our clients receive the best and most comprehensive advice possible.


Our pursuit of innovation has been relentless. Ever since Mr Jan S. de Villiers opened his law practice in Cape Town in the early 1900s and Mr Nathan Werksman founded Werksmans in Johannesburg in 1917, the firm has been at the cutting edge of corporate and commercial law.