Mr Charles Webster > Spoor & Fisher > Pretoria, South Africa > Lawyer Profile

Spoor & Fisher
South Africa

Work Department

Trade mark Enforcement


Charles is a partner at Spoor & Fisher. He specialises in litigation, in particular trade mark and copyright infringement, passing off, unlawful competition, Advertising Standards Authority complaints, company name objections, and domain name disputes. Charles has extensive experience in all aspects of IP portfolio management and acts for a number of local and international blue-chip companies.


Professional activities

Co-author of 4th edition of Webster and Page: South African Law of Trade Marks (LexisNexis SA), 1997.

Contributor to The Law of South Africa (LAWSA).

Lecturer on trade mark law and copyright: Patent Examination Board.

Lecturer for LLM students: Stellenbosch University.

Examiner for trade mark practitioners’ exam: SAIIPL.

Market Recognition

Listed in the WTR 1000 as one of the World’s Leading Trade Mark Professionals in 2014 – 2020.

Listed in the Who’s Who Legal Trademark editions 2011 – 2014 and 2016 – 2020.

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers rates Charles in Intellectual Property Band 1 2011 – 2020.

Legal 500 EMEA ranks Charles as one of South Africa’s Intellectual Property Law experts 2011 and 2016 – 2020.

Best Lawyers listed Charles as a ‘Best Lawyer’ in Intellectual Property Law in South Africa 2009 – 2021.

Charles is listed in World IP Review Leaders – Best IP Practitioners 2016 – 2020.

Listed in the Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2015 – 2021.

Charles is listed as one of the World’s Leading Practitioners in Euromoney’s Expert Guides – Trade Marks 2016 – 2020.

Charles is listed as one of the World’s Leading Practitioners in Euromoney’s Expert Guides – Best of the Best 2018.

Best Lawyers named Charles as 2017 Johannesburg Intellectual Property Law lawyer of the year.

Listed in the elite “Leading individuals” list – Legal 500, 2020.




Past President of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL).

Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.

Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA).

Member of the INTA Amicus Committee.


BSc (Computer Science), LLB. Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

Lawyer Rankings

South Africa > Intellectual property

(Leading individuals)

Charles WebsterSpoor & Fisher

Spoor & Fisher specialises in intellectual property and has strong knowledge of trademarks, copyright and anti-counterfeiting. It is active across Africa, through local offices and trusted agents, allowing it to be involved in cross-border IP cases for high-profile clients. Mohamed Khader heads the sizable anti-counterfeiting team and the experienced Hugh Moubray leads the patent litigation department. Eben van Wyk and Megan Reimers are leading trademark attorneys and Dina Biagio is a key patent attorney. Carl van Rooyen and Charles Webster are other names to note on the trademark side.