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Chairperson: Kelly Thompson

Number of partners: 66

Number of lawyers: 132

Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and various African languages including Sotho, Tswana, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, SiSwati, Venda, Afrikaans, Tsonga

Firm Overview

Adams & Adams is an internationally recognised and leading African law firm that specialises in providing intellectual property (IP), corporate and commercial services.


As the largest IP law practice in Africa, and a leading corporate, property, and commercial law firm in South Africa, the firm prides itself on the ground-breaking work it does and the valuable client relationships it has built with many of the world’s largest corporations and innovative small and medium-sized enterprises.


Practice Areas and Offices

Based in South Africa with branches and associate offices throughout Africa, the firm works with clients around the globe and across industries to protect, enforce, and commercialise their valuable IP.


Boasting a range of legal services, from acquisition, enforcement, and commercialisation of IP rights, Adams & Adams also offers counsel and the handling of transactions in cases involving patents, copyrights, trade marks, designs, licensing, and data security. Its expert IP team also litigate these issues in courts across Africa, helping clients achieve success.


Likewise, the Adams & Adams general commercial and litigation legal services practices boast competent and powerful teams that are purposed to represent clients in expertise areas such as commercial and contract law, commercial litigation, property services, public procurement, banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, exchange control, franchising, competition, labour, personal injury, arbitration and dispute resolution, among others. As a leader among law firms involved in commercial services and other corporate transactions, the transactional and litigation experience of its attorneys, the breadth of its practice and the geographical reach of their offices in Africa have allowed the firm to maintain a competitive leadership position, representing a broad array of public and private companies, private equity firms and financial institutions, governmental entities, and other institutions and individuals in almost every type of commercial law situation.


Adams & Adams is firmly rooted in Africa – with a tenacious belief in the economic growth potential and spirit of the continent. Its head office in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa, provides the perfect gateway through which its partners, supported by some 500 professionals and staff, render a broad range of legal services to clients in Africa and the rest of the world.


Through its associate offices and long-established networks, Adams & Adams serves its global client base throughout the African continent – in matters of intellectual property, commercial law, property and litigation. Hosting regular network meetings with its partners from across Africa, the firm successfully maintains relationships, builds capacity, and shares recent updates on IP, corporate and commercial developments taking place on the continent. Adams & Adams regularly hosts a meeting of partners from associate offices throughout the continent – a network meeting designed to maintain relationships, build capacity and share information about updates on intellectual property and corporate & commercial developments across the continent.


Main Areas of Practice

All Areas of Intellectual Property Law & Related Litigation

Administrative Law & Constitutional Services

Banking & Finance

Competition

Commercial & Contract Law

Construction & Dispute Resolution Services

Consumer Protection & Franchising

Corporate Services

E-commerce & Information Technology

Exchange Control

Family & Matrimonial Disputes

Public Procurement

Insurance

Labour & Employment Services

All Civil Litigation

Mergers & Acquisitions

Property & Conveyancing

Professional Negligence, including Medical Malpractice

Personal Injury

Tax & Estate Planning


Offices

Branches & Associate Offices In Africa:

For assistance or contact with one of the firm’s associate offices across Africa: [email protected]

Adams & Adams has offices in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban and associate offices in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon (OAPI), Egypt (North Africa), Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Mozambique (ARIPO), Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania (including Zanzibar) and Zimbabwe.


African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO):

For assistance or contact with one of the firm’s associate offices in a member state of ARIPO:

Email: [email protected]

■ Botswana

■ Gambia

■ Ghana

■ Kenya

■ Lesotho

■ Liberia

■ Malawi

■ Mozambique

■ Namibi

■ Rwand

■ São Tomé and Príncipe

■ Sierra Leone

■ Somalia

■ Sudan

■ Swaziland

■ Tanzania

■ Uganda

■ Zambia

■ Zimbabwe


The Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI):

For assistance or contact with one of the firm’s associate offices in a member state of OAPI:

Email: [email protected]

■ Benin

■ Burkina Faso

■ Cameroon

■ Central African Republic

■ Chad

■ Republic of Congo

■ Ivory Coast

■ Equatorial Guinea

■ Gabon

■ Guinea

■ Guinea-Bissau

■ Mali

■ Mauritania

■ Niger

■ Senegal

■ Togo

■ Comoros

Global

Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Total 4 Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Ranked Departments

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South Africa

Dispute Resolution
Band 4
Intellectual Property
Band 1

Ranked Lawyers

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South Africa

Intellectual Property


Darren Olivier
Band 3
Gérard du Plessis
Eminent Practitioners
Jenny Pienaar
Band 4
Kelly Thompson
Band 3
Mariëtte du Plessis
Band 2
Simon Brown
Band 2

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Eminent Practitioners
Gérard du PlessisIntellectual Property
Band 1
Russell BagnallIntellectual Property: Patents
Band 2
Mariëtte du PlessisIntellectual Property
Simon BrownIntellectual Property
Band 3
Darren OlivierIntellectual Property
Kelly ThompsonIntellectual Property
Danie DohmenIntellectual Property: Patents
Band 4
Jenny PienaarIntellectual Property
Steven YeatesIntellectual Property

Ranked Offices

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South Africa

Cape Town
Johannesburg

Ranked Offices

Head Office

firm
Head Office

Lynnwood Bridge

4 Daventry Street

Lynnwood Manor, Gauteng

Pretoria

Gauteng

South Africa

0081

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