Werksmans Attorneys

Private Wealth Law Department

South Africa
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Werksmans Attorneys offers extensive services in connection with wealth and tax planning matters. "They are an exceptional team and they are the finest in the country for what they do," enthuses a market commentator, who continues: "They are just fantastic, a cracking team at the forefront of everything going on in South Africa. They are our go-to South African attorneys."

The firm acts for an array of both individual and institutional clients. An interviewee comments: "The team is great - they are quick, responsive, smart and provide clients with excellent service," adding: "I am a big fan of them and would recommend them to high net worth clients."

Notable practitioners


Doelie Lessing
advises high net worth clients on various private wealth issues and also has in-depth expertise in tax and investment fund matters. "She is a fantastic lawyer - she has an excellent practice and I rate her skills highly," says a market commentator, while another source remarks: "I have known her for a long time and she is incredibly bright, lovely to deal with and has a fantastic reputation in South Africa," adding that she also has "very good corporate expertise."


Michael Honiball
leads the firm's international tax practice. He has a superb reputation among interviewees for his work advising wealthy international and domestic clients on tax and wealth transfer matters. He is described by a peer as "probably the most respected private client lawyer in South Africa and a leader in the industry." One legal source reports: "I would recommend him any day as he is very knowledgeable and smart," before continuing: "I am happy to bounce ideas off him, and he is very smart and an international tax expert and a very reputable lawyer for cross-border issues." Another interviewee states: "He is totally at the top of his game and there is no lawyer like him in South Africa that I have ever met. If you have any sort of tax issue in South Africa, you should go to him."