Firm Profile > ENSafrica > Johannesburg, South Africa

South Africa

South Africa > Banking and finance Tier 1

ENSafrica has a wide-ranging practice with deep levels of expertise in core areas such as leveraged finance, trade finance and financial services regulation. The firm has achieved even greater participation in cross-border financings, including multi-lender international financing arrangements, and has seen further growth in business rescue-related transactions. It continues to represent a range of domestic, regional, Asian and international lenders, and has close connections to multiple corporate borrowers in a variety of industries. Roger Rudolph leads the team from Cape Town, while Sean Lederman is one of the foremost names in the Johannesburg market, particularly in the leveraged finance and asset finance fields. The Cape Town team was reinforced by the hire of executive Anina Boshoff from Hogan Lovells (South Africa) in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Roger Rudolph

Other key lawyers:

Anina Boshoff; Jessica Blumenthal; Nzame Qokweni; Craig Saven


‘I found them to be unique, because not only were they excellent, but their speed of execution was superb. As regards their strengths and key capabilities: knowledge of the law and turnaround time. The team’s turnaround time was most impressive and exceeded expectations. ’

‘Sean Lederman is an excellent attorney.’

‘Jess Blumenthal is approachable, easy to relate to, is top of her game in terms of legal knowledge and work delivered, and our team enjoys working with her and her team.’

‘Jess Blumenthal is great to work with, professional but approachable. I often recommend her to other colleagues and business associates.’

‘Not only was Anina Boshoff pleasant to work with, she is also a very knowledgeable lawyer who was willing to go the extra mile for us. We would not have been able to close our transaction within such tight timelines had it not been for her and her team. ’

Key clients

Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund

Basil Read



Echo Global Feeder Fund

Investec Bank Mauritius

Ghana Bank

Zenith Bank

Edge Growth

Development Bank of Southern Africa


Clover Industries

Absa Bank

FirstRand Bank

South Africa > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

ENSafrica has a high market share of high-value and complex transactions in the market, including significant Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) deals. The firm has achieved further prominence in key growth sectors such as telecoms and financial services, and is a growing force in cross-border deals, in part thanks to its expanding network of offices across the continent. Michael Katz remains a doyen of the market, while Doron Joffe also has an outstanding reputation. Koos PretoriusLydia Shadrach-Razzino and Cape Town's Julius Oosthuizen are prominent too. Ian Hayes joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.

Practice head(s):

Doron Joffe; Julius Oosthuizen

Other key lawyers:

Michael Katz; Koos Pretorius; Lydia Shadrach-Razzino


‘Strong commercial understanding of our business. Willingness to go the extra mile to learn technical details. Practical approach to issues. The team tries to find solutions rather than just providing legal opinions.’

Key clients

Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA)

Edcon group

enX Group

Housatonic Consortium

Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa

Nala Ventures Consortium through Theko Capital and Bakone International

Public Investment Corporation


RMB Ventures Sevens Proprietary

Sibanye Gold


Vodacom Group

South Africa > Competition Tier 1

ENSafrica continues to operate at the forefront of advising on merger notifications, cartels and prohibited practice investigations, market inquiries, dawn raids and other compliance. The firm's outstanding client base has brought it a series of headline merger notification engagements in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa, including to the COMESA competition authorities. Team head Jocelyn Katz has built an excellent reputation in the field and is now a prolific adviser on complex competition matters, notably merger notifications. Justin Balkin and Mark Garden are also prominent names, while Lizel Blignaut is the team's principal economist.

Practice head(s):

Jocelyn Katz

Other key lawyers:

Justin Balkin; Mark Garden; Lizel Blignaut; Derushka Chetty; Natalia Lopes; Aziza Mdee; Ryan Goodman


‘This practice is well-versed in competition law, but is not only able to convey academic rhetoric, it is able to apply its knowledge practically to find commercially acceptable solutions. The service delivery and turn around times are excellent.’

‘Responsive, great help to coordination multiple African filings’

‘Lizel Blignaut and Ryan Goodman are very experienced including Lizel’s previous experience at the Competition Commission of South Africa. As the South African antitrust laws are different from many other countries, they did an excellent job to explain to our team what these differences are and how these differences will impact our case.’

‘Lizel Blignaut was very quick in understanding the particular circumstances of our case and could easily match our case with her intimate understanding of how the Commission works and which areas they are most likely to focus on.’

‘Ryan Goodman is very knowledgable and was able to point out all the risks associated with the various strategies that we considered.’

‘Ryan Goodman is very thorough in his analysis of the issue at hand and possible solutions. His advice is practical and commercial. His turnaround times are fantastic. ’

‘Justin Balkin has a shrewd mind and provides keen insights.’

Key clients

A.P. Moller–Maersk Group

Advent International, Cinven and RAG-Stiftung (the consortium)

AngloGold Ashanti

Business Connexion

Carlyle Group


Consolidated Infrastructure Group


DRA Group

Edcon Group

enX Group

Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium


Hoegh Autoliner

Hollard Holdings


Investec Group

Kleoss Fund 1 en commandite Partnership




Nampak Products

Nestle Skin Health

OCI and The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

PG Group



Saudi Basic Industries Corporation

Sibanye Stillwater

South 32


The Central Bottling Company

The Laser Transport Group

Tiger Brands

Triton Investment Management


Wescoal Holdings

South Africa > Employment Tier 1

ENSafrica has a large team, operating across every key element of the employment sphere. The size of the team has enabled the firm to target multiple industries and it has achieved additional growth in aviation, mining, retail and financial services. Telecoms is another key sector for the group. Department head Brian Patterson has an immense record in landmark matters, including matters with questions of constitutional rights. Cape Town's Stuart Harrison, and Johannesburg executives Ross AlcockDion Masher and Fritz Malan are also highly rated.

Practice head(s):

Brian Patterson

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Harrison; Ross Alcock; Dion Masher; Fritz Malan; Peter le Roux; Joe Mothibi; Muzi Khoza; Jan Norval


‘Proactive, strategic and value-adding legal counsel.’

‘The team is very professional and have the necessary resources and knowledge to assist with situations that require urgent attention and action.’

‘The individuals have an in depth knowledge of our business and the challenges we face. They are readily available and are very approachable. ’

‘Muzi Khoza is simply sensational. A true trusted advisor who is available 24/7 for his clients. He never leaves the client disappointed and always goes the extra mile to ensure that the client is at ease and comfortable.’ 

Key clients


AngloGold Ashanti




Golden Arrow Bus Services

Independent Regulatory Board For Auditors

Juta & Company

Life Healthcare Group


Minerals Council South Africa


Public Investment Corporation

South African Airways

South African Revenue Services

South Africa > Mining Tier 1

ENSafrica provides a genuine full-service offering to the mining industry, with highly-specialised teams in occupational health and safety, mining M&A, mining law and industry-specific employment issues, among others. It represents an impressive number of South African and international mining houses. Lloyd Christie leads the mining team and has an extensive record in mining law and mining M&A. Pieter Colyn leads the mine and occupational health and safety team, which includes experienced executive consultant Willem le Roux. Chief operating officer Otsile Matlou is a leader in mining law and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Lloyd Christie; Pieter Colyn

Other key lawyers:

Ntsiki Adonisi-Kgame; Willem le Roux; Otsile Matlou 


‘Dynamic; innovative ideas; solution driven; highly skilled.’

‘Always delivering a personal service – you never feel like you are dealing with a large law firm. Kind and humble people to work with.’

‘Leaders in their field. The depth and breadth of team is extremely impressive. The turnaround time is excellent and the mine health and safety expertise is extremely impressive.’

‘The ENSafrica team is very attentive and timely. They are responsive to clients’ immediate and underlying needs.’

‘Lloyd Christie is an excellent professional, who goes out of his way to be flexible and to accommodate the client.’ 

‘Willem le Roux has assisted my company in many accident inquiries and has really become a trusted ‘partner’ in tough situations.’

‘Ntsiki Adonisi-Kgame is exceptional in terms of offering reasonable advice, keeping the engagement with stakeholders, and efficiency and quality of deliverables.’ 

‘Ntsiki Adonisi-Kgame comes up with innovative ideas that are tailored for the commercial issues being considered.’

Key clients

Bank of Montreal

South 32

African Rainbow Minerals

Norilsk Nickel Africa

Bushveld Minerals

Eskom Holdings

Minmetals Mining Company

ADI Mining


Neosho Trading 86


HCI Coal

Sibanye Stillwater


Impala Platinum

Harmony Gold

Sedibelo Platinum

MC Mining

AngloGold Ashanti

South Africa > Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

ENSafrica has been at the forefront of the renewable energy projects segment since the start of the programme in South Africa. Covering the full spectrum of energy, infrastructure and mining projects, the team is increasingly active in matters outside of South Africa, including in Namibia, Uganda and Ethiopia. Eric le Grange leads the project development and project finance practice and has considerable experience in energy, oil and gas, and mining. Loren Tibshraeny is a leading figure in EPC matters and John Ferraz is also noted for project finance in and outside South Africa.

Practice head(s):

Eric le Grange

Other key lawyers:

Loren Tibshraeny; John Ferraz; Sasha Singh; Lauren Petersen


They are very knowledgeable about the project finance market in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. They also have a large and well-skilled team and are very pragmatic about solving legal and commercial issues in power, infrastructure and renewable energy projects.

They have shown a willingness to solve challenging legal and commercial issues.

‘A very young, diverse and knowledgeable team that goes the extra mile on every aspect of the project.’

‘Lauren Petersen always ensured that her team attended to every request, made our team feel like we were her only client and she always went the extra mile to resolve any legal matter that was a stumbling block.’

Key clients

Absa Bank Limited

African Rainbow Energy & Power

Arcem Resources Limited and Affiliates

Development Bank of Southern Africa

Enel Green Power

Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane

Government of Uganda

Investec Bank

Ledjadja Coal

Masa Chrome Company

Mulilo Energy

One Power, Scatec Solar, Norfund

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Uganda National Oil Company

South Africa > Tax Tier 1

ENSafrica has been a key player in the tax market for years and continues to field one of the largest teams in South Africa. The multi-disciplinary team has been further augmented by the arrival of executive consultant Mark Badenhorst, an experienced transfer pricing specialist. Moreover, the firm hired Charles de Wet from PwC in October 2020 to lead the firm’s VAT practice. It continues to impress in financing-related tax matters including preference shares and equity-linked notes, along with major debt and corporate restructurings. The team represents a range of big-name financial institutions, mining majors and significant corporates. Peter Dachs leads the team and has an outstanding reputation in international tax. Andries Myburgh is noted for transactions and restructuring-related tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Peter Dachs

Other key lawyers:

Mark Badenhorst; Andries Myburgh; Robert Gad

Key clients

Liberty Holdings.

Standard Bank

Absa Bank

Goldman Sachs

AngloGold Ashanti

Sibanye Gold, trading as Sibanye Stillwater


Black Mountain Mining

Seriti Coal


South Africa > Construction Tier 2

ENSafrica offers a balanced mix of front-end and contentious work, along with further expertise in construction and engineering insurance thanks to the presence of Rob Scott, a recent hire from Clyde & Co LLP. The team is especially active in mining, energy, infrastructure and transport projects. The firm is particularly recognised for developer and lender engagements, and for its increasing presence in projects across the continent. Loren Tibshraeny remains a leading figure in front-end construction and EPC matters. Armando Aguiar is highly rated for construction and engineering disputes, and is further noted for his advocacy skills.

Practice head(s):

Loren Tibshraeny

Other key lawyers:

Armando Aguiar; Rob Scott


‘The construction practice is very efficient and knowledgeable about project finance and EPC and O&M contracts. It is one of the best in the market.’

‘They are very practical and innovative in relation to construction contracts and O&M contracts.’

Key clients

Goldwind Africa


Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa

Ledjadja Coal

Symbion Power Lake Kivu

Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane

Dian Fossey (Gorilla Fund)


Development Bank of Southern Africa



KC Cottrell Company


AngloGold Ashanti

The Amdec Group


Kalyan Hospitality Development Togo

Namibian Power Corporation

Talbot & Talbot

Top Well Chemicals

African Mining and Trust Company

Bushveld Energy Company

Solarion Investments

Airports Company South Africa

Infinity Energy

Standard Wool South Africa

Talis Property Fund

South Africa > Dispute resolution Tier 2

ENSafrica has continued to develop its standing in financial services disputes and remains at the forefront of class action cases. Retail and telecoms are also key areas for the sizeable team. Aslam Moosajee is a leader in financial services disputes, Sue Hayes is rated for class actions and recently defended the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund and the Transport Pension Fund in class action claims brought by the funds' pensioners. Cape Town's George van Niekerk is noted for commercial and administrative law cases. Armando Aguiar is an experienced figure in commercial litigation and arbitration.  

Practice head(s):

Sue Hayes; George van Niekerk

Other key lawyers:

Aslam Moosajee; Armando Aguiar; John Zieff; James Haydock; Deon Lambert; Julia Ferraz-Cardoso


‘I have found the team to be commercially minded in their assessment of disputes. Apart from the thoroughness of their approach to matters, I have enjoyed the precision with which they interrogated issues and the unvarnished advice they proffered in my prior dealings with them.’

‘Their dedication, attention to detail, responsiveness and high quality legal analysis has been very impressive.’

‘The team has a deep knowledge of the dispute resolution process and is able to provide advice based on the commercial needs of clients. They also take the time to understand the client’s business and tailor their advice accordingly.’

‘James Haydock has been an exceptional lead in our litigation matters. He is detailed, thorough and very knowledgeable. James balances complex legal issues with practical solutions and is very proficient with case management.’

‘James Haydock’s knowledge of the law is outstanding and his application thereof in any given circumstance always takes the client’s needs into account. There is never a need to obtain confirmation of an opinion once James has provided it and his views are trusted throughout the organisation.’

‘Julia Ferraz-Cardoso is meticulous, thorough, strategic and a commercially wise counsel with amazing problem solving skills.’

‘George van Niekerk is a seasoned litigator with in depth and well-rounded dispute resolution skills, who approaches disputes holistically.’

Key clients



Casino Association of South Africa

Chiliboy Mahlatse Ralepelle






Golden Arrow Bus Services

Industrial Development Corporation



Lewis Stores

Maitland Group

Ninety One

Phyllis Jowell Jewish Day School

Pick n Pay





Standard Bank

Sasol South Africa

The BoKaap Civic

The Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund

Transport Pension Fund

United Ulama Council of South Africa


South Africa > Intellectual property Tier 2

ENSafrica remains best known for commercial IP and has gained further recognition for its ability to serve clients across the continent. The firm is also building its presence in pharmaceuticals and life sciences, while cementing its foundations in trade marks and patents. It advises an impressive range of South African, regional and multinational businesses. Department head Gaelyn Scott is a force in trade mark infringements and oppositions. Stellenbosch executive Ilse du Plessis is an experienced figure in trade mark filing and prosecution, while Cape Town's Waldo Steyn leads the commercial IP team. Durban's Rowan Forster is noted for patent and design filing and prosecution. Cape Town executive Joanne van Harmelen specialises in patents in the biotechnology sector.

Practice head(s):

Gaelyn Scott

Other key lawyers:

Ilse du Plessis; Waldo Steyn; Joanne van Harmelen; Rowan Forster


‘The attention to detail and personal attention, no matter how small the issue, is what I find unique. Their interaction with our company is always friendly and professional.’

‘Always friendly, professional and thinking outside the box when dealing with us.’

‘Gaelyn Scott is very professional and friendly at the same time, with smooth and swift communication.’

‘Gaelyn Scott’s knowledge, energy, and enthusiasm is second to none. She is an adept communicator and leads her team by example. She always has a clear grasp of the issues and delivers exceptionally cogent advice in a precise, comprehensible, and affable manner.’

‘Rowan Forster has an excellent knowledge of IP in South Africa, and has a knack of quickly beating things down to the essential aspects.’

‘Ilse du Plessis is extremely knowledgeable and service is super fast. She is always willing to go the extra mile. ’

Key clients

Arysta Lifesciences South Africa

Austell Laboratories

Bidvest Group


Cape Bio Pharms

Christian Louboutin

Conde Nast / Advance Magazine Publishers

Core Computer Business

Cricket South Africa

DH Brothers Industries


Dr Reddy’s


Ferrero Rocher Group

Hilton Hotels Group

Hollard Insurance Group


In-N-Out Burger

Investec Bank

Momentum Metropolitan Life

MTN Group


Ninety One Global

Omnia Holdings

Parmalat (Lactalis)

Pernod Ricard South Africa

Rand York Castings

Ritz Hotel





South African Airways (SAA)

South African Reserve Bank

Teva Biomet

Thomas Cooke

Tiger Brands



Willowton Group

South Africa > Real estate Tier 2

ENSafrica boasts a stable and highly-experienced senior team in this space. The wide ranging practice centres on major engagements, including coastal resort developments, mixed-use developments, residential housing developments, land claims as part of the government's land reforms, land rights connected to game reserves and national parks, and high-value real estate investments. Andrew Bembridge leads the department, is a frequent adviser on major real estate matters, and is a recognised authority on land rights and restitution laws of South Africa. Len Vorster and Fritz Schulz are also highly rated practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bembridge

Other key lawyers:

Len Vorster; Fritz Schulz 


‘They live and breathe the matter until conclusion. They continually keep the client informed on the progress of the matter.’

‘Solution driven and a never give-up attitude.’

‘Andrew Bembridge’s experience stands out above everything else.’

‘Andrew Bembridge always tried to come up with a solution.’

‘Lee-Anne Hopley is extremely knowledgeable and is always willing to assist and provide advice on matters.’  they are dealing with or whether is it just a question one wishes to bounce off her.’

Whilst still very professional, Lee-Anne Hopley is like a friend and a colleague even though we are her client.

Key clients

Columbus Stainless

Goldman Sachs International

Horizon Capital Holdings

Investec Bank


Sabi Private Game Reserve

Sun International

University of the Witwatersrand

Zwelabantu Dube Community Property Association

South Africa > Shipping and transport Tier 2

ENSafrica has demonstrated a genuine commitment to the shipping and transport segment, with notable expertise in marine insurance and casualty response. It has an outstanding record in shipping litigation, including enforcement of maritime claims and ship arrests. Department head Tony Norton has considerable experience in maritime law, and Michael Tucker is another seasoned figure with a fine record in marine insurance and liability claims. Sean Lederman is a leading banking lawyer and is noted for aircraft finance.

Practice head(s):

Tony Norton

Other key lawyers:

Michael Tucker; Kate Pitman; Sean Lederman; Jacqui Kaufmann


‘Even in those jurisdictions where ENSafrica do not have their own offices, they are capable to properly advise their clients on critical issues locally and they can lead the client to take proper and pragmatic decisions.’

‘Mike Tucker is available, prompt and competent with great skills and expertise in the shipping sector. Advice is given in the correct format, concise and straight to the point.’

‘Jacqui Kaufmann is also very responsive, efficient and coordinated with the partner in charge and the team.’

Key clients

Bonanza Schiffahrtgesellschaft

Britannia P&I

Charterers P&I Club



Erne Shipping via UK P&I Club

Generalia Italia

ICON Amazing, ICON Fantastic and ICON Octavian via Reed Smith

Irvin and Johnson

KG and Fortysixth Phoenix Shipping  via GARD

Korea Shipping Corporation

Maersk Line

Minmetals Logistics Zhejiang Co

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company

Ocean 7

Oceana Group

Odfjell Asia III via Gard

PetroChina Singapore

QBE British Marine

Shipowners’ Mutual P&I

Teekay Shipping

The Standard P&I Club

Viking Fishing Company (Deepsea)

Zim Line

South Africa > Investment funds Tier 3

ENSafrica's broad-based funds practice covers a range of segments, including private equity and venture capital funds, hedge funds, collective investment schemes, REITs, and managed account platforms. Johan Loubser is the senior investment funds specialist in the firm, who has strong connections to South African and African fund clients. Jessica Blumenthal is another experienced funds specialist, while tax experts Magda Snyckers and Mansoor Parker also operate in the funds space, including collective investment schemes, private equity and venture capital. All named individuals are based in Cape Town.

Practice head(s):

Roger Rudolph

Other key lawyers:

Johan Loubser; Jessica Blumenthal; Magda Snyckers; Mansoor Parker 


‘Strong technical knowledge combines well with extensive practical experience.’



Credible difference

With over 600 specialist practitioners, ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm and has the capacity to deliver on your business requirements across all major industries and the African continent.  We are able to leverage our resources to deliver legal solutions that suit your pricing preferences and timeframes.


ENSafrica is recognised by top ranking agencies such as Chambers Global Guide, Legal 500 EMEA Guide, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide and International Tax Review’s World Tax Guide, as well as by the African Legal Awards and DealMakers Awards, for achieving consistently high standards when working on the continent.

Novel solutions

We will work to find innovative solutions to ensure you achieve your commercial goals, whether it be successfully executing a strategy, maintaining a competitive edge or defending your position. Our aim is to deliver in the manner that best suits your business requirements, preferences and pricing structures. We can advise you directly, or work closely with your in-house legal teams.


With more than 200 years’ experience, ENSafrica has significant expertise across the breadth of commercial areas and covering the African continent. We are committed to creating enduring client relationships, which are founded in a values-driven culture, and to providing you with to-the-point, jargon-free advice. We harness our deep specialist expertise in areas relevant to the project and at the correct level. This enables us to tailor-make solutions for you, with the desired turnaround times and cost efficiencies.

Africa focus

Over many years, ENSafrica has developed a large knowledge base of resources and a deep understanding of local nuances and ways of doing business. We have practical experience working on the ground and direct access to high-end, professional contacts across the continent, assuring you of consistent quality and world-class service. We have practitioners who are qualified to practise English law and French law and we have extensive experience in the legal codes of OHADA used in West and Central Africa.


Our practice areas

  • Africa Regulatory and Business Intelligence
  • Agribusiness
  • Asia-Africa Trade
  • Aviation
  • Banking and Finance
  • Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE)
  • Competition / Antitrust
  • Corporate Commercial
  • Data Privacy and Protection
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Fiduciary
  • Fintech
  • Forensics
  • Immigration
  • India-Africa Trade
  • Infrastructure
  • Insolvency, Restructuring and Business Rescue
  • Insurance
  • IntelligENS (AI)
  • International Arbitration
  • Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Mining
  • Mine and Occupational Health and Safety (MOHS)
  • Natural Resources and Environment
  • Private Clients
  • Private Equity
  • Pro Bono and Corporate Social Investment
  • Project Development and Project Finance
  • Real Estate / Property
  • Retirement Funds
  • Shipping, Ports and Logistics
  • Tax
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT)


ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with offices in Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda.  We also have two dedicated pro bono offices in South Africa.

Through our in-country and regional expertise, combined with our network of high quality correspondent firms, we are able to assist you with all your legal and tax requirements, no matter where in Africa you choose to do business.

ENSafrica | Ghana
5th Floor Vivo Place, Cantonments City, Rangoon Lane, Accra
tel: +233 30 225 3980

ENSafrica | Kenya
15th Floor One Africa Place, Junction of Chiromo and Rhapta Roads, Westlands, Nairobi
tel: +254 205 007 000

ENSafrica | Mauritius
19 Church Street, Port Louis
tel: +230 212 2215

ENSafrica | Namibia
Unit 3 Ground Floor, Sonneneck Building, Moses Garoeb Street, Swakopmund
tel: +264 64 415 380

No 4 1st Floor, The Business Park, Sam Nujoma Avenue, Walvis Bay
tel: +264 64 281 100

Unit 4 LA Chambers, Ausspann Plaza, Dr Agostinho Neto Road, Windhoek
tel: +264 61 379 700

ENSafrica | Rwanda
Kacyiru KG 7th Avenue #35, Blue Star House 1st Floor – Wing B, Kigali
tel: +250 252 551 500

​ENSafrica South Africa
​35 Lower Long Street, Foreshore, Cape Town
tel: +27 21 410 2500

1 Richefond Circle, Ridgeside Office Park, Umhlanga, Durban
tel: +27 31 536 8600

The MARC | Tower 1, 129 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg
tel: +27 11 269 7600

La Gratitude, 97 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
tel: +27 21 808 6620

ENSafrica | Uganda
4th Floor, Rwenzori Towers, Plot 6 Nakasero Road, Nakasero, Kampala
tel: +256 31 222 5500

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Ms Letitia Field  photo Ms Letitia Field Director
Mr Wade Graaff  photo Mr Wade Graaff Director
Ms Era Gunning  photo Ms Era Gunning Director

ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with over 600 specialist practitioners, giving us the capacity to deliver on our clients’ business requirements in all major industries across the African continent.  

While Africa provides great potential for growth, businesses often face unpredictable regional challenges and conflicting regulatory requirements. It is therefore useful to have a partner who has African know-how and multijurisdictional capabilities. 

Over many years, ENSafrica has accumulated practical experience working on the ground throughout Africa, and has a solid understanding of local markets, cultures, nuances and ways of doing business.  

Our cross-border, continent-wide expertise in law, tax, regulatory, forensics and IP is augmented by our longstanding partnerships with high-end, professional correspondent firms, who have been selected for their deep in-country know-how. This enables our clients to receive advice from the most qualified legal advisors in each jurisdiction, and assures them of consistent quality and world-class service across the African continent.   

Operating independently allows us to offer advice that is always in the best interests of our clients. 

ENSafrica has practitioners who are qualified and registered to practise English law and French law, and we have extensive experience in the legal codes of OHADA used in West and Central Africa. We are also able to transact in a variety of foreign languages such as Cantonese, Mandarin and Portuguese. 

Diversity at ENSafrica

Recognising Diversity is one of ENSafrica’s four core values. We believe that excellence and the ability to provide novel solutions for our clients are strongly ameliorated by the coming together of practitioners with diverse backgrounds, skillsets and perspectives.

ENSafrica demonstrably embraces our unique differences which extend across genders, life choices, locations, culture, race and more. Our people are given equal opportunities and special allowances are proactively made for unique circumstances and for those who were previously marginalised or suffered discrimination.

Pro bono and corporate social investment

We are deeply aware of the socio-economic context in which we operate. We are committed to offering access to justice, free of charge, to qualifying disadvantaged individuals through our two pro bono offices in Alexandra (Johannesburg) and Mitchells Plain (Cape Town). These offices, which were the first of their kind in South Africa, provide free, high-quality legal services to the community from within the community. All ENSafrica practitioners in South Africa, regardless of rank, render at least 32 hours of pro bono service per year to this initiative, which is 50% more than is required by the Legal Practice Council. We also provide commissioners for the small claims courts that are run in our pro bono offices. We also recently launched a pro bono offering in Windhoek, Namibia.

In addition, through all our offices, we provide free legal services (pro amico) to a variety of causes and projects, and we donate funding and resources to a number of interest groups and organisations.

B-BBEE in South Africa

As an African law firm, we are committed to Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) in South Africa. B-BBEE is a constitutionally mandated objective of the South African Government which seeks to address the legacy of apartheid through legislation and policy aimed at increasing the participation of black people in the economy.

It consists of measures and initiatives aimed at increasing levels of equity ownership by black people in businesses operating in South Africa, increasing the number of black people who participate in management roles in businesses, improving the skills of black employees, assisting black owned SMMEs, procuring goods and services from businesses that are good contributors to B-BBEE, and corporate social investment.