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The Legal 500 has released its 2019 rankings for the EMEA region. Regarded as one of the world’s largest and most reputable legal referral guides, The Legal 500 is an independent directory which assesses the strengths of law firms in over 100 jurisdictions and continues to grow each year with new practice areas and additional countries, with this year’s edition including first-time research-based coverage of Botswana, Senegal and Uganda. Firms and individuals are recommended purely on merit.

Werksmans has once again been ranked in tier 1 for its excellence in Dispute Resolution. We also retain our rankings in the following 11 practice areas: Banking & Finance; Commercial, Corporate & M&A; Competition; Construction; Employment; Intellectual Property; Investment Funds; Mining; Projects & Infrastructure; Real Estate; and Tax.

We have six lawyers (up from two in the 2018 edition) who are included in the elite list of “Leading lawyers”:

  • Paul Coetser – Competition (new ranking);
  • Chris Stevens – Mining (new ranking);
  • David Hertz and Des Williams – Dispute Resolution;
  • Ernest Mazansky – Tax; and
  • Richard Roothman – Banking & Finance;

In addition to the above rankings, we have a new ranking for the firm in the “Next generation lawyers” list. Derek Alexander has been ranked in this category for Corporate M&A.

In total, 36 of our lawyers were recommended in various practice areas. These include: Derek Alexander (new listing); Danny Andropoulos; Jonathan Behr; Astrid Berman; Ahmore Burger-Smidt; Paul Cleland; Paul Coetser; David Gewer; Deon Griessel; David Hertz; Janine Hollesen; Michael Honiball; Gerhard Johannes; Sandile July; Hendrik Kotze; Shayne Krige; Petra Krusche; Hilah Laskov; Doelie Lessing; Corlett Manaka; Ernest Mazansky; Chris Moraitis; Rudolph Raath (new ranking); Fátima Rodrigues (new ranking); Richard Roothman; Jason Smit; Chris Stevens; Pieter Steyn; Paul Tindle; Kevin Trudgeon; Jacques van Wyk; Dave Walker; Donvay Wegierski (new listing); Darren Willans (new ranking); Des Williams; and Elliott Wood.

More information on The Legal 500 and our rankings can be found here.

Congratulations to all our ranked teams and lawyers for maintaining our firm’s excellent standing.