Appointments: Director – Andrew Wellsted has been appointed as a Senior Tax Consultant and Director. Milton Osborn has been appointed a Senior Consultant Funds and Director.
Chairman, Michael Katz, was awarded the Chambers Africa Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognises and celebrates outstanding legal careers. Michael, whose career spans five decades, is an icon in the legal community.
On 27 January 2022, at the Annual Pro Bono Awards 2021 awards ceremony, the firm's Pro Bono & Human Rights practice was awarded several accolades, including the Best Large Firm Award for 2020 for its commitment to serving vulnerable individuals, organisations, and communities by providing access to justice.
Appointments: Ayanda Ngubo and Hielien Venter have returned to Webber Wentzel. Ayanda re-joins the firm as a partner in the Pro Bono team and Hielien as a partner in the Projects department.
Ayanda specialises in civil law and matters relating to socio-economic rights, with a major focus on HIV and gender discrimination.
Hielien specialises in project development and finance, as well as commercial and contractual law, with extensive front-end experience within the construction and engineering sectors.
Promotion to Partner: Donald Mokgehle – Conveyancing. Demi Pretorius – Litigation. Nicole Smalberger – Trade Mark Litigation. Jameel Hamid, Alissa Nayanah and Kagisho Manyashi – Trade Mark Prosecution.
Bowmans' Kenyan practice was named Kenya Law Firm of the Year, and its chairman and senior partner, Ezra Davids, was named South Africa Lawyer of the Year.
Promotion to Partner: Craig Robinson – Cape Town. Charles Mmasi – Dar es Salaam. Jonathan Barnes, Sibusiso Dube, Nanga Kwinana, Nadine Mather, Dane Solomon, Francois Trichardt – Johannesburg. Simon Kiriba, Daniel Mwathe – Nairobi.
Appointments: Partner – Johannesburg. Allen Leuta has been appointed to the Project Finance practice. Bavesh Pillay has been appointed to the Construction practice.
Promotion: Thembelihle Shabalala has been promoted to Senior Associate. Appointments: Marie-Claire Willys has been appointed as an Associate and Conveyancer. Nadia Chetty has been appointed as a Candidate Attorney.
Appointments: Directors – Thanusha Pillay, Tamara Gerwel, Candice Pillay and Willem de Villiers. Senior Associate – Dillon Harris. Associate – Cameron Bernhardt. Candidate Attorney – Nicola Irving.
Chambers & Partners has once again recognised Spoor & Fisher as one of South Africa's top Intellectual Property firms for 2022, in the South Africa Legal Rankings. The following lawyers were recognised for their expertise in Intellectual Property: Charles Webster, Carl van Rooyen, Eben van Wyk, Herman Blignaut and Dina Biagio. In Patents: Hugh Moubray and Jonathan Whittaker.