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The Johannesburg office has grown exponentially since its opening in 2015 and our investment in South Africa has surpassed all expectations. We provide a full-service offering to our global and local clients covering Corporate, Competition, Employment, Project Finance, Technology Media and Telecommunications, Litigation, International Arbitration, Corporate Crime and Investigations, and Alternative Legal Services.

Our South African partners are recognised market leaders in their respective fields of expertise, both locally and internationally, with many achieving the highest accolades in legal directories, and are supported by senior consultants, directors, lawyers and business services staff to offer clients an outstanding all-round service. We regularly advise JSE-listed clients, including 11 of the Top 40 companies, advising on over 1,500 matters to date.

From our presence in Johannesburg, we have been able to expand our African business, providing clients across the Continent with access to exceptional legal expertise, combining the best of local and international experience.  We provide South African and English law advice from Johannesburg, covering transactions across Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa. The combined strength of the Johannesburg partners and the firm's other Africa specialists located across our international platform means that we can provide a true on-the-ground pan-African offering, wherever our clients are doing business on the continent.

We are especially proud to have been able to create many jobs in South Africa since opening our doors in 2015, and to provide global best practice and experience to many young lawyers. Over 50 law graduates have been trained through our Alternative Legal Service’s innovative International Legal Development Programme (ILDP), the first of its kind in the South African market.

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24 June 2022

For second consecutive year, Herbert Smith Freehills named the only firm globally recognised by Chambers in all Alternative Legal Services specialties

14 June 2022

Herbert Smith Freehills CEO Justin D'Agostino elected to International Chamber of Commerce's Executive Board

03 May 2022

Herbert Smith Freehills appoints new Johannesburg Office Managing Partner

28 April 2022

Herbert Smith Freehills promotes 35 lawyers to counsel and professional support consultant roles across the global network