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Werksmans Attorneys
South Africa

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Werksmans Attorneys has an outstanding record in domestic and cross-border litigation and arbitration. The firm's commitment to dispute resolution has resulted in it achieving additional prominence in specific areas such as business crimes and investigations, constitutional and administrative law and tax disputes. It has landed a series of headline engagements in the constitutional and administrative law field. Chairman of the firm David Hertz is widely regarded as one of the premier litigators in South Africa, while Des Williams provides further senior-level gravitas in litigation and international arbitration. Department head Corlett Manaka is well-regarded for constitutional and administrative law, having represented clients in a series of landmark cases.

Practice head(s):

Corlett Manaka

Other key lawyers:

David Hertz; Des Williams; Bernard Hotz; Darren Willans; Sarah Passmoor


‘Agile, quick turn-around times and very knowledgeable. Capable of bridging the litigation and commercial gaps and aspects of the matter with ease.’

‘Darren Willans and Sarah Passmoor partnered with us to provide precise and clear advice and assistance. The matter was run efficiently and professionally.’

Key clients

South African Reserve Bank

Public Investment Corporation

National Energy Regulator of South Africa

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa

DBT Thermal

Mr Scott

Citiq Meter Solutions (Pty) Ltd

Red Ant Relocation and Eviction Services

SGB Africa

Firstrand Bank Limited

Beka Schreder (Pty) Ltd

Cape Grace Hotel (Pty) Ltd

Mobile Telephone Networks (Pty) Ltd

Satvest Limited

Banking and finance Tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys' established and extensive practice has made a further impression in acquisition and leveraged finance, including private equity related financings. Structured finance, securitisations and debt capital markets are also strong areas, while distressed debt deals are a growth area for the team. Richard Roothman leads the team and is highly rated for DCM, structured finance, preference share fundings and acquisition finance. Danny Andropoulos is also widely recognised for acquisition and leveraged finance, preference share fundings and distressed debt.

Practice head(s):

Richard Roothman

Other key lawyers:

Danny Andropoulos; Paul Tindle; Elliott Wood

Key clients

Absa Group and Absa Corporate and Investment Bank

Aspen Pharmacare


Glencore Xstrata

Investec Bank


Prescient Investment Management

Rand Merchant Bank


Samancor Chrome

Shoprite Holdings and Shoprite Investments

South African Reserve Bank

Standard Bank

Transaction Capital Risk Services

Tronox Mineral Sands

Vantage Capital

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys remains at the forefront of listed company deals, though is highly rated for both public and private M&A. he firm advises an impressive number of blue-chip South African businesses along with a series of multinationals. The highly-rated Kevin Trudgeon  leads the commercial department, while Gerhard Johannes heads the corporate M&A group. David Gewer is another key figure in the team, a regular adviser to Bidvest among other notable clients. Director Danielle Magidson joined the firm from Hogan Lovells (South Africa) in October 2019.

Practice head(s):

Gerhard Johannes

Other key lawyers:

David Gewer; Kevin Trudgeon; Danielle Magidson; Brian Price; Elliott Wood; Ze’ev Blieden; Adam Pyzikowski


They were not only excellent but also very creative in their approach to difficult legal problems. The team’s problem solving abilities was most impressive.’

‘The team is knowledgeable, gives good legal advice and is practical and commercial. Most firms get one or two of these aspects right. The Werksmans team brings the full package every time.’

‘David Gewer and Adam Pyzikowski are pleasant to work with, they are also a very knowledgeable and experienced lawyers who are willing to go the extra mile for us. I also appreciate the fact that they are accommodating on their fees.’

‘Ze’ev Blieden is a strong M&A lawyer with a diplomatic style.’

Key clients

Absa Bank

Arcelormittal South Africa

Berkshire Partners

Bid Corporation

Bidvest Group

Blue Label Telecoms

Brother Industrial

Clover Industries

Endo International




Isuzu Motors

Kerry Group


Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

Peregrine Holdings

Samancor Chrome

Sasfin Bank


Standard Bank Properties

Steinhoff International


The Prepaid Company

Competition Tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys has a fully-rounded competition practice with extensive experience in mergers, market inquiries, prohibited practices and competition litigation. It has a particularly fine record in alleged abuse of dominance cases before the Competition Commission and Competition Tribunal. TMT is a key sector for the team. Price-gouging investigations and buyer power prohibitions are growth areas, while cartel engagements remain key for the group. The particularly stable team is led by the highly rated Paul CoetserRudolph Raath is an emerging talent in competition litigation, including prohibited practices matters.

Practice head(s):

Paul Coetser

Other key lawyers:

Ahmore Burger-Smidt; Paul Cleland, Pieter Steyn; Rudolph Raath


‘My experience over the years is that the service and personal attention to one’s needs have been exceptional in both the manner they respond and provide legal advice, but the high level of legal acumen and thoroughness in their legal opinion and professionalism.’

‘The personal attention and responses have been exceptional, with due response to all our needs. We have used three departments in their business, and in each of these divisions, the legal knowledge has been of the same high standard.

‘The service of Paul Coetser and Rudolph Raath has been truly exceptional.’

‘Paul Coetser is a leading SA competition lawyer. ‘He is tremendously knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Bidvest Group

Blue Label Telecommunications

Cape Fruit Processors

Credit Suisse Group

Distell Limited

Food and Allied Workers Union

Glencore International

Hitachi Automotive Systems


Lurco Mining Services

Macsteel Global

Mobile Telephone Networks


Naspers Group and its subsidiaries (including Media24)

Oxford Parks

PG Bison

RH Managers

Samancor Chrome

Shoprite Checkers


Volvo Financial Services

Waco Africa

Employment Tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys' sizeable team covers employment, health and safety, and pensions. It has a particularly established record in disputes and transaction-related matters, including outsourcing arrangements. Much of the practice centres on multinationals with South African operations, often dealing with executive terminations, employee-related disputes and the restructuring of local operations. Department head Anastasia Vatalidis is highly rated for employment engagements related to corporate transactions and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Anastasia Vatalidis

Other key lawyers:

Bradley Workman-Davies; Jacques van Wyk; Sandile July

Key clients

Adcock Ingram Healthcare and Adcock Ingram Healthcare


Eli Lilly

Worley Parsons RSA

Aspen Pharmacare


Mobile Telephone Networks (MTN)

Puma Energy Services South Africa

Discovery Life

South African Airways


South African Reserve Bank

Steinhoff Properties and Steinhoff at Work


Railway Safety Regulator

Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)

South African Forestry Company

PRASA Metrorail Western Cape

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)

National Commissioner of SAPS (Victoria Phiyega)

Sanlam Life Insurance

Gauteng Office of the Premier


Astral Operations

APL Cartons

Oppenheimer Generations Custodian SA

Gautrain Management Agency

Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)

City of Johannesburg

Mining Tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys has a well-developed mining law and regulatory practice, coupled with a consistently high performing mining-focused M&A team. Mining disputes has been a long-term forte for the firm and this has increased in line with the Mining Charter and related administrative disputes over granting of prospecting and mining rights. Business rescue is another key area. The firm has an expanding list of clients, in part thanks to the presence of mining law and regulatory specialist Chris StevensStephan Lochner and David Gewer are key names in mining M&A.

Practice head(s):

Chris Stevens

Other key lawyers:

Stephan Lochner; David Gewer


‘Chris Stevens is an exceptional lawyer who has the ability to provide practical, effective and efficient legal advice within a quick turnaround time without ever compromising on the quality of his work. Chris Stevens is able to deal with the instruction predominantly by himself.’

‘Chris Stevens has the ability to simplify complex matters and to provide clients with practical and pragmatic legal advice that makes complicated transactions easier to implement. It is an absolute pleasure to deal with him.’

Key clients

Glencore South Africa


Anglo Platinum

South32 SA

Samancor Chrome

Hernic Ferrochrome

Petra Diamonds

Gold Fields


Anglo Operations

Mbuyelo Coal




Londani Coal

Village Main Reef

Genet Minerals

Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys has achieved great prominence in the infrastructure segment, notably toll roads, rail, serviced accommodation and other headline projects. The firm is also equally adept in the energy space, included embedded generation projects and projects linked to South Africa's coal baseload IPP procurement programme. Moreover, it is achieving a greater market share of engagements outside of South Africa. Department head Chris Moraitis is highly rated for infrastructure projects. Deon Griessel provides further projects expertise, including extensive EPC and O&M agreement experience.

Practice head(s):

Chris Moraitis

Other key lawyers:

Deon Griessel; Astrid Berman; Dave Walker; Jonathan Behr


‘My experience with Werksmans has always been favourable. There is inherent strength and experience within the teams and also a willingness to listen.’

‘I mainly work with the team that consists of Chris Moraitis, Astrid Berman and Jonathan Behr, who compliment each other seamlessly in a project negotiation. They are all pragmatic, experienced and easily accessible.’

Key clients


China Railway International Group

CRI Eagle Investments

Gautrain Management Agency

Korea Electric Power Corporation

Kotulo Tsatsi Energy

Marubeni Corporation

Nova Energy

Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (South Africa)

Panda Hill Tanzania

Public Investment Corporation


South African National Roads Agency


WBHO Construction

Real estate Tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys advises some of the most prominent real estate developers and financial institutions in the market. The practice has an extensive record in the hotel and leisure, retail and commercial real estate sectors. This includes both investment and development engagements. At a more granular level, it has been at the forefront of real estate fund formation, including Section 12J investment structures in South Africa. The eminent team is spread across its Johannesburg, Cape Town and Stellenbosch offices. Fátima Rodrigues and Hendrik Kotze lead the department from Johannesburg and Stellenbosch respectively.

Practice head(s):

Hendrik Kotze; Fátima Rodrigues

Key clients

ABSA Capital

Berman Bros Property Developers

Bigen Africa Project Management

Business Partners

Castle Estates

CRI Eagle Investments


Intaprop Property Development and Investment

Investec Bank

Investec Property Fund

Investec Property

National Research Foundation


New Property Ventures

Omnigro Property Developers


Oxford Parks


Pioneer and Quantum Food Holdings

Redefine Properties

RMB Private Bank



Southern Sun Hotel Interests

Standard Bank

Steyn City Properties

The Capital Group Apartments and Hotels

Tsogo Sun Holdings

V&A Waterfront Holdings

Vantage Property

Waterfall Management Company

Tax Tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys has a wide-ranging practice that has made a notable impression in corporate and capital restructurings. M&A, private equity and tax disputes are also core to the practice. Its client base centres on an impressive number of South African businesses, South African arms of multinationals, financial institutions and investment funds. Department head and chartered accountant Ernest Mazansky is a leader in corporate tax planning, while Michael Honiball heads the international tax team. Doelie Lessing has impressed in corporate reorganisations and M&A.

Practice head(s):

Ernest Mazansky

Other key lawyers:

Michael Honiball; Doelie Lessing


‘They give accurate and to the point advice. They tell me what I need to know.’

‘Ernest Mazansky has a wealth of experience and knowledge in his area.’

Key clients

CCI Group

Clover Industries

Evolution Property Management

Ford Motor Company of South Africa

Investec Bank

King Price Financial Services

Macsteel Holdings Luxembourg

McDermott Will & Emery

Pepkor Trading

Qorus Software Proprietary

Shoprite Holdings

SMD Technologies

Stockdale Street

Telesure Group

Transaction Capital

Zenprop Property Holdings

Intellectual property Tier 3

Werksmans Attorneys has a highly-developed intellectual property practice that handles a steady pipeline of trade mark and brand protection engagements. It represents an impressive number of blue-chip South African and multinational businesses in local and Africa-wide matters. Janine Hollesen is a prominent name in trade mark registration, protection and enforcement, while Donvay Wegierski is an expert in multi-jurisdictional matters across the continent, especially trade mark filings and oppositions.

Practice head(s):

Janine Hollesen; Donvay Wegierski


‘Their responsiveness is second to none in the market.’

‘Donvay Wegierski and Janine Hollesen are just wonderful. They are very responsive and excellent attorneys. They are always friendly and considered.’

Key clients

Capitec Bank

Libstar Operations


Monster Beverages

Pepkor Limited

Petredec International

Pioneer Food Group

Professional Provident Society Insurance Company

SA Rugby Event services





South African Football Association

South African Rugby Union

State Information Technology Agency

Swartland Winery

Techtronic Power Tools Technology

Tekkie Town Proprietary


Tiso Blackstar Group

Investment funds Tier 3

Werksmans Attorneys covers the private equity, hedge funds and pension funds segments, representing both investors and managers. Impact investing is a growth area for the team, which remains notably active in collective investment schemes. It represents a large number of South Africa based funds, along with those located in other African and European jurisdictions. Cape Town's Shayne Krige has some 20 years' experience in the investment funds and private equity segment, including 12 years in Paris where he had a significant focus on private equity and hedge funds.

Practice head(s):

Shayne Krige

Other key lawyers:

Hilah Laskov

Key clients

Stonewood Holdings

Barak Fund Management

Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund


Standard Bank

Chase & Willow Investment Partners


CNBB Venture Partners

Cosnova Cosmetix

Havaic Venture Capital

Arx Pangaia

Ngewdi Investment Managers


King Price Insurance


Sana Partners Private Equity

Kapela Investments Holdings

Vumela Enterprise Development Fund Trust

First National Bank a division of FirstRand Bank

The firm: Established in the early 1900s, Werksmans Attorneys is a leading South African corporate and commercial law firm, serving multinationals, listed companies, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and government.

Operating in Gauteng and the Western Cape, the firm is connected to an extensive African legal alliance through LEX Africa. LEX Africa was established in 1993 as the first and largest African legal alliance and offers huge potential for Werksmans’ clients seeking to do business on the continent by providing a gateway to Africa.

Areas of practice: With a formidable track record in mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, and commercial litigation and dispute resolution, Werksmans is distinguished by the people, clients and work that it attracts and retains. Werksmans’ more than 200 lawyers are a powerful team of independent-minded individuals who share a common service ethos. The firm’s success is built on a solid foundation of insightful and innovative deal structuring and legal advice, a keen ability to understand business and economic imperatives and a strong focus on achieving the best legal outcome for clients.

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Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Banking & Finance Richard Roothman +27 11 535 8115
Head of Insolvency, Business Rescue and Restructuring Eric Levenstein +27 11 535 8237
Head of Competition Paul Coetser +27 11 535 8290
Head of Labour & Employment Anastasia Vatalidis +27 11 535 8472
Head of Business Crimes & Investigations Bernard Hotz +27 11 535 8106
Head of Healthcare & Life Sciences Neil Kirby +27 11 535 8198
Head of Investment Funds & Private Equity Shayne Krige +27 21 405 5161
Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution Corlett Manaka +27 11 535 8145
Chairman David Hertz +27 11 535 8283
Head of Construction & Engineering Jason Smit +27 (0)11 535 8359
Head of Commercial Kevin Trudgeon +27 11 535 8169
Head of Corporate M&A Gerhard Johannes +27 11 535 8107
Head of Mining, Environmental & Resources Chris Stevens +27 11 535 8467
Head of Property & Real Estate (Johannesburg) Fatima Rodrigues +27 11 535 8318
Head of Property & Real Estate (Western Cape) Hendrik Kotze +27 21 910 9018
Head of Tax Ernest Mazansky +27 11 535 8448
Head of Arbitration Des Williams +27 11 535 8234
Head of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Pieter Steyn +27 11 535 8296
Head of Data Privacy Ahmore Burger-Smidt +27 11 535 8462
Head of Infrastructure, Energy & Projects Chris Moraitis +27 11 535 8271
Head of Intellectual Property Janine Hollesen +27 21 809 6011
Head of Land Reform Restitution & Tenure Bulelwa Mabasa +27 11 535 8309
Head of Media, Communications & Technology Wendy Rosenberg +27 11 535 8195
Head of Pro Bono Harold Jacobs +27 11 535 8182
Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Botha +27 11 535 8262
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Mr Lloyd Abraham  photo Mr Lloyd Abraham Director
Ms Laura Alexander  photo Ms Laura Alexander Senior Associate
Mr Danny Andropoulos photo Mr Danny Andropoulos Director at Werksmans Attorneys
Mr Jones Antunes  photo Mr Jones Antunes Director
Ms Lisa Appelgryn  photo Ms Lisa Appelgryn Senior Associate
Ms Robyn Armstrong  photo Ms Robyn Armstrong Tax
Mr Dominique Arteiro  photo Mr Dominique Arteiro Director at Werksmans Attorneys 
Ms Tahera Bata  photo Ms Tahera Bata Director at Werksmans Attorneys
Ms Lauren Becker  photo Ms Lauren Becker Director at Werksmans Attorneys 
Mr Jonathan Behr  photo Mr Jonathan Behr Director at Werksmans Attorneys 
Mr Erich Bell  photo Mr Erich Bell Director, Werksmans Tax (Pty) Ltd
Ms Astrid Berman  photo Ms Astrid Berman Director at Werksmans Attorneys 
Ms Nozipho Bhengu  photo Ms Nozipho Bhengu Director at Werksmans Attorneys
Ms Akhona Bilatyi  photo Ms Akhona Bilatyi Associate
Mr Ze'ev Blieden photo Mr Ze'ev Blieden Director at Werksmans Attorneys 
Mr Trevor Boswell  photo Mr Trevor Boswell Director at Werksmans Attorneys 
Mr Marné Brönn  photo Mr Marné Brönn Director
Mr Pierre Burger  photo Mr Pierre Burger Director at Werksmans Attorneys 
Ms Ahmore Burger-Smidt  photo Ms Ahmore Burger-Smidt Director, Head of Data Privacy Practice, Werksmans Advisory Services
Mr Paul Cleland  photo Mr Paul Cleland Director at Werksmans Attorneys since 2009.
Mr Paul Coetser  photo Mr Paul Coetser Director, Head of Competition Practice at Werksmans Attorneys 
Ms Cari Cole-Morgan  photo Ms Cari Cole-Morgan Director, Head of the Knowledge Management at Werksmans Attorneys 
Ms Kerry Fredericks  photo Ms Kerry Fredericks Senior Associate
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Ms Simone Gast  photo Ms Simone Gast Senior Associate
Mr David Gewer  photo Mr David Gewer Director at Werksmans Attorneys 
Mr Jeremy Gobetz  photo Mr Jeremy Gobetz Director at Werksmans Attorneys 
Ms Cara Gow  photo Ms Cara Gow Associate
Mr Deon Griessel  photo Mr Deon Griessel Director at Werksmans Attorneys 
Ms Nastascha Harduth  photo Ms Nastascha Harduth Director at Werksmans Attorneys 
Mr David Hertz  photo Mr David Hertz David Hertz is the Chairman of Werksmans Attorneys.
Ms Lucinda Hinxman  photo Ms Lucinda Hinxman Director
Professor Michael Honiball  photo Professor Michael Honiball Director, Head of International Tax 
Ms Vivienne Hosiosky  photo Ms Vivienne Hosiosky Vivienne Hosiosky is a Director in the Property & Real Estate practice…
Mr Bernard Hotz  photo Mr Bernard Hotz Director Bernard Hotz is Head of the Business Crimes & Investigations practice…
Mr Harold Jacobs  photo Mr Harold Jacobs Director, Head of Pro Bono Practice at Werksmans Attorneys 
Ms Tracy Jansen van Rensburg  photo Ms Tracy Jansen van Rensburg Director at Werksmans since 2010
Mr Gerhard Johannes  photo Mr Gerhard Johannes Director Gerhard Johannes is Head of Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions
Mr Sandile July  photo Mr Sandile July Director Sandile July is a deeply experienced lawyer, advising in the Labour…
Ms Jacqui Kallmeyer  photo Ms Jacqui Kallmeyer Jacqui Kallmeyer has been a director at Werksmans since 2008 and is…
Mr Sakhile Khumalo  photo Mr Sakhile Khumalo Associate
Mr Ryan Killoran  photo Mr Ryan Killoran Ryan Killoran is a Director in the Tax practice area. He specialises…
Mr Neil Kirby  photo Mr Neil Kirby Director Neil Kirby is Head of Healthcare & Life Sciences.
Ms Tsakani Kona  photo Ms Tsakani Kona Associate
Ms Clarisa Laltha  photo Ms Clarisa Laltha Associate
Dr Eric Levenstein  photo Dr Eric Levenstein Director, Head of Insolvency, Business Rescue & Restructuring Practice
Ms Megan Livingstone  photo Ms Megan Livingstone Associate
Mr Stephan Lochner  photo Mr Stephan Lochner Director at Werksmans Attorneys 
Ms Kathleen Louw  photo Ms Kathleen Louw Kathleen Louw has been a Director at Werksmans Attorneys in the Litigation…
Ms Bulelwa Mabasa  photo Ms Bulelwa Mabasa Bulelwa Mabasa has been a Director at Werksmans since 2008 and is…
Ms Khosi Mabaso  photo Ms Khosi Mabaso Khosi Mabaso has been a director at Werksmans Attorneys since 2009, working…
Ms Danielle Magidson  photo Ms Danielle Magidson Director at Werksmans Attorneys
Ms Reneilwe Maleka  photo Ms Reneilwe Maleka Associate
Mr Corlett Manaka  photo Mr Corlett Manaka Corlett Manaka is a director at Werksmans and a member of the…
Ms Mariam Marquard  photo Ms Mariam Marquard Associate
Mr Ernest Mazansky  photo Mr Ernest Mazansky Ernest Mazansky is a director of Werksmans (Pty) Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary…
Ms Helen Michael  photo Ms Helen Michael Director
Ms Innocentia Moele  photo Ms Innocentia Moele Senior Associate
Ms Sarah Moerane  photo Ms Sarah Moerane Sarah Moerane is a Director at Werksmans. 
Mr Toka Moiloa  photo Mr Toka Moiloa Senior Associate
Ms Refilwe Moitse  photo Ms Refilwe Moitse Senior Associate
Mr Chris Moraitis  photo Mr Chris Moraitis Director, Head of Infrastructure, Energy & Projects Practice 
Mr Peter Mosebo  photo Mr Peter Mosebo Peter Mosebo has been a Director at Werksmans, working in the firm’s…
Ms Naledi Motsiri  photo Ms Naledi Motsiri
Mr Alliance Ndhlovu  photo Mr Alliance Ndhlovu Associate
Ms Khathu Neluheni  photo Ms Khathu Neluheni Senior Associate
Ms Anele Ngidi  photo Ms Anele Ngidi Director at Werksmans Attorneys
Ms Zania Oosthuizen  photo Ms Zania Oosthuizen Director
Mr Seroshan Padayachy  photo Mr Seroshan Padayachy Appointed as a Director of Werksmans Attorneys in 2015.
Ms Monique Pansegrouw  photo Ms Monique Pansegrouw Director Monique Pansegrouw advises across four practice areas: Arbitration; Construction & Engineering;…
Ms Bronwyn Parker  photo Ms Bronwyn Parker Senior Associate
Ms Sarah Passmoor  photo Ms Sarah Passmoor Director
Mr Mohammed Patel  photo Mr Mohammed Patel Associate
Ms Daniela Pisanti  photo Ms Daniela Pisanti Daniela Pisanti has been a Director at Werksmans Attorneys since 2016.
Ms Taryn Potter  photo Ms Taryn Potter Director 
Mr Brian Price  photo Mr Brian Price Director at Werksmans
Mr Adam Pyzikowski  photo Mr Adam Pyzikowski Director at Werksmans Attorneys 
Mr Rudolph Raath  photo Mr Rudolph Raath Rudolph Raath has been a Director at Werksmans, working in the firm’s…
Mr Kamiel Rajah  photo Mr Kamiel Rajah Associate
Ms Aarthi Ramdhin  photo Ms Aarthi Ramdhin Aarthi is a Director in the Banking & Finance and Corporate Mergers…
Ms Boitumelo Rammala  photo Ms Boitumelo Rammala Senior Associate
Mr Yatheen Ramnath  photo Mr Yatheen Ramnath Associate
Ms Fátima Rodrigues photo Ms Fátima Rodrigues Director, Head of Property and Real Estate Practice 
Mr Simba Rodze  photo Mr Simba Rodze Associate
Mr Richard Roothman  photo Mr Richard Roothman Richard was appointed a director of Werksmans in 2007 and heads the…
Ms Wendy Rosenberg  photo Ms Wendy Rosenberg Director of Werksmans Attorneys since 2007 
Ms Natalie Scott  photo Ms Natalie Scott Natalie Scott joined Werksmans Attorneys as a director in 2013 and works…
Ms Tebogo Sibidla  photo Ms Tebogo Sibidla Tebogo Sibidla has been a director at Werksmans Attorneys since 2011 and…
Ms Lisa Silberman  photo Ms Lisa Silberman Lisa Silberman is a Director in the Dispute Resolution and Insolvency, Business…
Ms Samantha Sinden  photo Ms Samantha Sinden Director
Mr Jason Smit  photo Mr Jason Smit Jason is the Head of the firm’s construction and engineering practice. He…
Ms Jennifer Smit  photo Ms Jennifer Smit Admitted in 2005 with well over fourteen years experience in general commercial…
Ms Bankey Sono  photo Ms Bankey Sono Director Bankey Sono is a lawyer in the Labour & Employment practice…
Mr Chris Stevens  photo Mr Chris Stevens Chris Stevens is a Director at Werksmans Attorneys and is Head of…
Mr Pieter Steyn  photo Mr Pieter Steyn Director Pieter Steyn provides expert advice in the Competition; Corporate Mergers &…
Mr Jonathan Stockwell  photo Mr Jonathan Stockwell Jonathan Stockwell has been a Director at Werksmans, working in the Dispute…
Mr Johan Theron  photo Mr Johan Theron Johan Theron has been a director at Werksmans Attorneys since 2009, working…
Mr Paul Tindle photo Mr Paul Tindle Director
Mr Sandile Tom  photo Mr Sandile Tom Director at Werksmans Attorneys
Mr Kevin Trudgeon  photo Mr Kevin Trudgeon Kevin Trudgeon has been a director of Werksmans since 1999. 
Ms Thandi Tshabalala  photo Ms Thandi Tshabalala Senior Associate
Mr Dewald Van Den Berg  photo Mr Dewald Van Den Berg Dewald Van Den Berg has been a Director at Werksmans, working in…
Ms Anastasia Vatalidis  photo Ms Anastasia Vatalidis Appointed Director of Werksmans in 2004 and is currently Head of the…
Ms Lynsey Watson  photo Ms Lynsey Watson Director
Mr Graeme Wickins  photo Mr Graeme Wickins Graeme Wickins has been a Director at Werksmans Attorneys since 2016 in…
Mr Darren Willans  photo Mr Darren Willans Darren Willans has been a director of Werksmans Attorneys since 2009 and…
Mr Des Williams  photo Mr Des Williams Des Williams is a director of Werksmans. He is experienced in all…
Ms Anuschka Wischnewski  photo Ms Anuschka Wischnewski Associate
Mr Elliott Wood  photo Mr Elliott Wood Elliott Wood is a Director and Head of Private Equity and Sports…
Mr Bradley Workman-Davies  photo Mr Bradley Workman-Davies Director at Werksmans
Mr Jannie de Villiers  photo Mr Jannie de Villiers Director at Werksmans Attorneys 
Mr Frikkie van Tonder  photo Mr Frikkie van Tonder Frikkie was appointed a director of Werksmans in 2008.
Ms Anine van der Merwe  photo Ms Anine van der Merwe Director at Werksmans Attorneys 
Number of lawyers : 213
Number of lawyers at all 3 WC offices : 62
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Other offices : Sandton
Other offices : Cape Town
Other offices : Stellenbosch

TESTIMONIAL: “Excellent. The partners are very engaged and they don’t waste time and money on unnecessary processes and drafting.

TESTIMONIAL: Their work ethic is phenomenal, they have an eye for detail and their work is marked by excellence.

TESTIMONIAL: This is just a short note to tell you about the positive experience that I had with the team from Werksmans that worked on the Liquid deal with MTN.

It was a long road with many obstacles and some hair raising issues that needed to be resolved. Suffice to say that I sincerely appreciate the efforts of the Werksmans team that worked on this.

You could throw just about anything at them and they would come through for MTN. That says a lot about the team, the work ethic, knowledge, experience and just good common sense that they exhibited. So to the team a major thank you from me and to you (David, Chairman, Werksmans) as well that create the environment where they want to do this for a client.

May 2019 bring about a few more occasions for such teamwork.

David Hertz, Chairman, Werksmans Attorneys

Managing partner David Hertz explains how Werksmans Attorneys is adapting to clients' changing needs

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Werksmans Attorneys from your competitors?

Our strategy and market differentiators remain:
1) Independence
2) Size
3) LEX Africa (our networks)
4) Specialist work
5) Relationships on all levels with clients and staff – our people remain our greatest asset.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

The three practice groups that Werksmans envisages growing over the next 12 months are:

  1. Corporate and debt restructuring;
  2. Tax; and
  3. Business crimes and Investigations.

The negative economic position within South Africa is likely to persist, at least in the short term. As more and more corporates are placed under pressure, there will be an escalating need to restructure their businesses and address their mounting debt.

With the slowdown in economic growth the fiscus is making more aggressive demands for payment of tax and that area of Werksmans’ practice, which has experienced exponential growth, envisages that the growth will continue. We are also advising an increasing number of high net-worth individuals in relation to the structuring of their personal affairs and corporates, their business affairs which is contributing to this growth.

With the endemic corruption that has plagued the country and the desire to eradicate it, there has been an ever increasing demand for the services offered by our Business Crimes and Investigations practice group.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

The most recent viable metric is our key client programme. This focused programme extends across the firm and provides us with the ideal platform to regularly engage with clients in order to facilitate measured improvement and client growth.

As is set out above, Werksmans’ size is regarded as one of its key differentiating metrics. A quality service is delivered by a focused team of individuals who are the leaders in their chosen fields.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Yes, we look inside-out for (revenue) growth e.g. operational efficiencies and growing talent organically.  Our focus remains being able to offer clients cost effectiveness and predictability based on continuous service delivery improvements and adoption of new technologies.  Having the constant dialogue with our clients ensures we keep our services relevant to their business agendas and immediate business needs.

For our staff, we constantly keep looking for ways to re-engineer certain processes to help lawyers become more efficient and technically astute.  We also encourage our lawyers to maintain and grow their levels of digital knowledge so that we continue to thrive in the future digital world.

Werksmans is in the process of adopting AI technology which will enable us to enhance the cost effective nature of the services we provide.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

By building relationships with our clients we gain an understanding at the coalface as it were as to their business imperatives and are therefore able to partner with them in addressing their requirements as opposed to merely being a service provider.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

As the first demographically representative major South African legal firm. Werksmans has lead the way in identifying trends within the market and as a thought leader is in a position to guide clients’ as opposed to react to their needs.