Adams and Adams (Cape Town)

About Us

Chairman: G�rard du Plessis
Number of partners: 70
Number of lawyers: 160
Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin and various African languages including Sotho, Tswana, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, SiSwati, Venda, Afrikaans and Tsonga

Adams & Adams is an internationally recognised and leading African law firm that specialises in providing intellectual property and commercial services. With primary office locations in South Africa and associate offices in a number of African countries, our firm's leadership position is reflected in the groundbreaking work we do, the valuable client relationships we have and the quality of our professionals. The firm's 160 professionals specialise in various legal and technical disciplines in intellectual property law, commercial and property law, and litigation.

We proudly represent many of the world's largest corporations and organisations, as well as small to medium-sized companies, and our 70 partners are established pathfinders and thought leaders in their respective practice areas.

Our Intellectual Property law practices work with clients around the globe and across many industries to protect, enforce and commercialise their intellectual property. The group offers clients a full range of legal services relating to the acquisition, enforcement and commercialisation of intellectual property rights. These services include counsel and handling of transactions in cases involving patents, copyrights, trade marks, designs, licensing, and data security. The partners and associates in our Intellectual Property Group also litigate these issues in courts across Africa. Adams & Adams is the largest IP firm in Africa and is ranked among the leading firms in Intellectual Property in the world.

Likewise, the Adams & Adams general commercial legal services practices boast competent and powerful teams that are purposed to represent clients in expertise areas such as commercial and contract law, commercial litigation, property services, public procurement, banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, tax, exchange control, franchising, competition, labour, personal injury, arbitration and dispute resolution, among others. As a leader among law firms involved in commercial services and other corporate transactions, the transactional and litigation experience of our attorneys, the breadth of our practice and the geographical reach of our offices in Africa have allowed us to maintain a competitive leadership position, representing a broad array of public and private companies, private equity firms and financial institutions, governmental entities, and other institutions and individuals in almost every type of commercial law situation.

Our firm is consistently shortlisted and acknowledged by leading global industry bodies and publications that recognise excellence in global legal practice. Prestigious awards such as those awarded by Managing IP and InterContinental Finance recognise those firms that are consistently delivering the best results for their clients.

Adams & Adams is firmly rooted in Africa - with a firm belief in the business growth potential and spirit of the continent. Our head office in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa, provides the perfect gateway through which our partners, supported by some 600 professionals and staff, render a broad range of legal services to clients in Africa and the rest of the world.

Through our associate offices and long established networks, we serve our global client base throughout the African continent - in matters of intellectual property, commercial law, property and litigation. Adams & Adams regularly hosts a meeting of partners from associate offices throughout the continent- a network meeting designed to maintain relationships, build capacity and share information about updates on intellectual property and corporate & commercial developments across the continent.

BRANCHES & ASSOCIATE OFFICES IN AFRICA For assistance or contact with one of our associate offices across Africa: Adams & Adams has offices in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban and associate offices in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon (OAPI), Egypt (North Africa), Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Libya, Mozambique (ARIPO), Namibia, Nigeria, Swaziland and Tanzania (including Zanzibar.

African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) For assistance or contact with one of our associate offices in a member state of ARIPO: Botswana Gambia Ghana Kenya Lesotho Liberia Malawi Mozambique Namibia Rwanda S�o Tom� and Pr�ncipe Sierra Leone Somalia Sudan Swaziland Tanzania Uganda Zambia Zimbabw.

The Organisation Africaine de la Propri�t� Intellectuelle (OAPI)
For assistance or contact with one of our associate offices in a member state of OAPI: Benin Burkina Faso Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Republic of Congo Ivory Coast Equatorial Guinea Gabon Guinea Guinea-Bissau Mali Mauritania Niger Senegal Togo Comoros

Practice Areas

  • 3rd Party claims,
  • Access to Children,
  • Administrative Law,
  • Anti-counterfeiting,
  • Arbitration,
  • Association Agreements,
  • Banking,
  • Bankruptcy Law,
  • Biotechnology,
  • Black Empowerment,
  • Broadcasting,
  • Business Law,
  • Capital Gains Tax,
  • Civil,
  • Commercial,
  • Communications and Media,
  • Company Registrations,
  • Competition Law,
  • Constitutional,
  • Construction,
  • Consumer Law,
  • Contracts,
  • Conveyancing,
  • Copyright,
  • Corporate,
  • Credit Law,
  • Cross Border Mergers and Acquisitions,
  • Custody,
  • Designs and Copyrights,
  • Divorce,
  • Divorce Mediation,
  • Domestic Partnerships,
  • Due diligence audits,
  • Employee Share Incentive Schemes,
  • Employment Equity,
  • Employment Law,
  • Energy Law,
  • Engineering,
  • Entertainment Law,
  • Exchange control,
  • Family Law,
  • Finance-Corporate,
  • Finance-Project,
  • Finance-Structured,
  • Financial Markets,
  • Foreclosures,
  • Franchising,
  • Gaming Law,
  • Government Tenders,
  • High Court Practice,
  • Industrial Law,
  • Information Technology,
  • Insolvency,
  • Insurance Law,
  • Insurance-Marine,
  • Intellectual Property,
  • International Child Abduction,
  • International trade laws and treaties,
  • International Transactions ,
  • Internet Law and E-Commerce,
  • IP Valuations,
  • Joint Ventures and Acquisitions ,
  • Labour Law,
  • Leases,
  • Licensing,
  • Liquidation,
  • Litigation-Civil,
  • Litigation-Commercial,
  • Litigation-Constitutional,
  • Litigation-Corporate,
  • Litigation-General,
  • Litigation-High Court,
  • Litigation-Insurance,
  • Litigation-Tax,
  • Matrimonial,
  • Media ,
  • Mediation,
  • Medical Malpractice-Negligence,
  • Mergers and Acquisitions,
  • MVA Claims,
  • Notaries Public,
  • Partnership Agreements,
  • Patents,
  • Personal Injury,
  • Pharmaceutical,
  • Professional negligence,
  • Property Law,
  • Publishing,
  • Sale of Business,
  • Sectional Title,
  • Security,
  • Shareholders Agreements,
  • Sports,
  • State Negligence,
  • Taxation,
  • Telecommunications,
  • Trademarks,
  • Transactions in Work of Art,
  • Transport Law,

Contact Us

Local: 021 418 8560
International: +27 21 418 8560

021 418 9216


28th Floor, 1 Thibault Square
Cnr. Long Street and Hans Strijdom Avenue
Cape Town

PO BOX 1513
Cape Town

186 Cape Town

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