Werksmans has received a variety of local and international marketplace accolades acknowledging the firm’s leadership in the field of corporate and commercial law in South Africa.

Our firm has been recognised with leading marketplace accolades by the following credible international rankings organisations:

Chambers’ Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business

In 2019 Werksmans was ranked by Chambers’ Global, this is an independent international legal ratings directory, ranking both individual lawyers and select practices on a regional basis. Within the South African section, Werksmans obtained rankings across 16 practice areas; and over 30 of our directors were ranked individually as leading lawyers in their respective fields.

Werksmans was ranked as follows:

  • Band 1 in Dispute Resolution and Media & Broadcasting;
  • Band 2 in Construction, Restructuring & Insolvency, Capital Markets: Debt, Corporate Investigations, Corporate M&A, Environment, Tax, Energy & Natural Resources: Mining;
  • Band 3 in Employment, Real Estate, Banking & Finance, and Competition/Antitrust; and
  • Band 4 in Intellectual Property and Projects & Energy.

IFLR1000: Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

In 2018, Werksmans was ranked by IFLR1000, these rankings reflect Werksmans market standing within the financial and corporate practice areas. This is a sector-specific guide which covers the Sub-Saharan African legal market and bases its annual rankings on both client and peer feedback as well as on analysis of our transactional highlights. In addition, 17 of our directors were ranked as ‘notable practitioners’ as well as ‘rising stars’.

Werksmans was ranked as follows:

  • Tier 2 in Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Energy, Infrastructure, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas and Mining and;
  • Tier 3 in Project Finance.

Legal 500

In 2019, Werksmans was ranked by The Legal 500, they are 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. Firms and individuals are recommended purely on merit. A total of 36 of our lawyers were ranked ‘leading lawyers’ as well as ‘recommended lawyers’.

Werksmans was ranked as follows:

  • Tier 1 in Dispute Resolution;
  • Tier 2 in the following areas: Banking & Finance, Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Competition, Construction, Employment, Real Estate, Mining, Project and Infrastructure and Tax and;
  • Tier 3 in Investment Funds and Intellectual Property.


Our leadership in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) has been recognised by diversity of respected national and international research institutions including:

  • DealMakers 2017 – Our accolades include:
    • Legal advisors for listed deals – M&A category:
      • 4rd place – deal flow
    • Legal advisors for listed companies – General Corporate Finance Category:
      • 5th place – deal flow

In addition, Werksmans acted as legal, tax and competition law advisors to The Bidvest Group Limited in relation to Ethos’ disposal of Plumblink which won the “Private Equity Deal of the Year” award.

In 2018, Werksmans was ranked 4th in the M&A category by deal value. Our directors’ legal expertise has been widely acknowledged by various international industry bodies and research organisations.

  • International Who’s Who Legal – Werksmans lawyers are recognised in the fields of Arbitration, Banking, Capital Markets, Commercial Litigation, Competition, Corporate Governance, Corporate Tax, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining and Regulatory Communications.