Established in 1908, with a head office in Pretoria, South Africa, 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, the firm prides itself on its outstanding work, valuable client relationships and eminent professionals. The firm’s 140 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 (240 Fortune 500 companies), as well as small to medium-sized companies, and our 66 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, trademarks, 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 intellectual property firms in the world.
Likewise, the Adams & Adams general commercial legal services practices boast competent and powerful teams whose purpose is 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 given by Managing IP (African Firm of the Year 2015, 2016 and 2017) and InterContinental Finance (SA IP Law Firm of the Year 2015 and 2016) recognise those firms that are consistently delivering the best results for their clients.
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 and commercial developments across the continent. Adams & Adams has offices in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, and associate offices in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, Swaziland, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), the Gambia, and Zimbabwe.