About Adams

Adams & Adams is an internationally recognised and leading African law firm that has been practising law for well over 100 years. We specialise in providing intellectual property, commercial, real estate and dispute resolution advice and support, tailored to a client’s specific needs. The firm is locally and internationally recognised for its work in South Africa and across the African continent.
About Us

We have offices in four major cities in South Africa and another 23 associate offices across Africa. Our team of more than 200 professionals proudly represent many of the world’s largest corporations and organisations, as well as small to medium-sized companies. This extensive network throughout Africa allows us to connect clients from around the world with any legal or business needs they have or may be seeking in Africa. Our dedicated professionals and extensive global and African network means that we are uniquely placed to assist our clients.

At Adams & Adams we offer wide range of legal services including, Intellectual Property, Corporate and Commercial, Real Estate and Property, Competition and Dispute Resolution. The quality of our team, our dedication to creating valuable client relationships and our groundbreaking work ensures that we are leaders on the continent and abroad. The dedication to our work in Africa means that we also provide a range of research services, insights and updates on the most important business, legal, and economic matters in Africa. These services provide you with all the information to ensure your business and legal matters are informed by our leading insights.

More of What We Do
Awards & Rankings
Adams & Adams is consistently shortlisted and acknowledged by leading global industry bodies and publications that recognise excellence in global legal practice. Likewise, individually, our attorneys are nationally and internationally recognised as experts in their fields. Prestigious awards and rankings, such as those conferred by Managing IP and Chambers Global and Legal 500 are based on market leading performance analysis and are strictly quantitative – designed to recognise those firms which are consistently delivering the best results for their clients.
Corporate Social Investment
Adams & Adams is committed to being a responsible business both in the way that it is managed internally and in how we deliver client service; delivering a positive impact for our colleagues, clients, the profession, the environment and our local community. This is underpinned by the firm’s culture and values of teamwork and respect, integrity and fairness, understanding and commitment, which is held core to everything that we do. We take our corporate responsibility seriously and strongly believe in behaving in a socially responsible manner and giving something back to our people and our local communities where possible, and by helping to reduce the environmental impact of the firm’s operations.
Our Heritage
If the axiom that ‘the future builds on the foundation of the past’ holds true, then the palpable temperament of innovative law established by over a century of business certainly explains why the law firm Adams & Adams commands such a leading position in the southern hemisphere. Established in 1908 by Harry Adams, the firm’s Partners have never been satisfied with practicing law ‘by the book’ – rather they have demanded and inspired an ethos that ‘writes the book’ – a way of securing the firm’s future by preparing and blueprinting it in the present. In 114 years Adams & Adams has gained an affluence of 69 active and experienced partners, each one inspired by the spirit and energy of brothers Harry and EV Adams.
Research conducted with over 45 000 students in South Africa, by employer branding organisation Universum, revealed that Adams & Adams is ranked in the Top 5 of most attractive employers in the field of law. The firm is also rated 15th by professionals in southern Africa. The staff profile at Adams & Adams is defined by diversity, ingenuity and professionalism. The breadth of our practice areas, and impressive level of legal knowledge and expertise allows clients the opportunity to rely on our firm as a comprehensive resource for the most challenging and complex legal needs. We are pioneers in the areas of legislative advancement and knowledge, which allows our Partners to provide exemplary legal representation with efficiency and mastery.
News & Events
We are proud of the quality and longevity of our employee relationships, with numerous team members boasting over twenty years of service with the firm. This culture of loyalty brings about superlative levels of commitment, enthusiasm and performance. Adams & Adams’ multi-cultural and multi-lingual staff compliment speaks a wide variety of European languages – including Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, as well as various African languages.
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How can we help you?

We have offices in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban, please contact your nearest office for any legal enquiry or assistance.