Driven by integrity. Not obligation.

Beyond the need to merely operate as a top-ranked highly successful corporate and commercial law firm, is the need to make a difference in all we do. We carry out pro bono services not only ‘for the public good’ but also to satisfy our own desire to reach those who cannot afford the kind of legal advice they need. The Werksmans culture champions integrity and commitment – and we apply these in equal measure to the large multinational with a billion-dollar turnover, and the emerging entrepreneur with limited means. By helping greater numbers of people in legal matters that are of public significance, we help promote the constitutional imperative of access to justice for all.

Making a difference that cannot be measured

We make a difference in Johannesburg through the work we do with ProBono.org, a public interest law clearing house, the Wits Law Clinic, and the Legal Resources Centre.

Worthy causes we have assisted include organisations championing the healthcare rights of cancer patients, communities living in informal settlements, and emerging entrepreneurs. Without pro bono assistance, vast numbers of people run the risk of being unfairly assessed or handed incorrect judgments; some of these judgments being prejudicial enough to severely affect their ability to support themselves and their families. The right pro bono legal assistance can turn a client’s otherwise dire situation into a new chapter. It is this desire to create new chapters for disadvantaged people that drives us to provide pro bono legal services not out of obligation, but out of integrity.