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The guide to dispute resolution in Africa 2022

22 March 2022 | Insight

Covering the full span of the continent's courts and arbitral hubs, our authoritative guide breaks down the dynamics of a fast-evolving market


Welcome to the third edition (2022) of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Guide to Dispute Resolution in Africa. We are delighted to be updating and reissuing a publication that presents dispute resolution procedures and trends in every one of Africa’s 54 diverse jurisdictions. We believe this guide is unique in terms of content and scope.

Since the publication of the first edition in 2013, this Guide has proved to be an invaluable resource for our clients exploring the tremendous growth opportunities across Africa. It is a first port of call not just for those facing disputes in Africa but for anyone who is considering investing in unfamiliar territory and would like to better understand the legal landscape of that country.

Whether you want to know the basics of the legal system, details on litigation and arbitration procedures, whether Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is embraced in a particular country, or what the applicable limitation periods or privilege rules are, this publication will help you.

Our leading Africa practice has been advising clients on all aspects of investment and risk across the continent for over 40 years. For this updated Guide we have drawn on the combined experience of our Africa practice lawyers from our London, Paris and Johannesburg offices, together with experienced local counsel in each jurisdiction – to whom we extend our warmest thanks. 

As Africa’s investment star continues to rise, it is inevitable that this will bring with it a need to resolve disputes – whether through formal processes or commercial settlement. We therefore hope that you find this updated Guide both timely and useful. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.

Jonathan Ripley-Evans and Laurence Franc-Menget


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