Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

South Africa

11 Buitengracht Street
Cape Town, 8001
South Africa

+27 21 481 6300

+27 21 481 6388

Quick facts:

Number of partners: more than 120
Number of lawyers: more than 350
Languages: English, Afrikaans

The firm: Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) believes the right partnerships lead to great achievements. The partnerships it cherishes and values most are those it has forged through time and experience with its clients and, of course, its people. CDH is a full-service law firm – one of the largest business law firms in South Africa, with more than 350 lawyers and a track record spanning 166 years. 

Offering across the African continent: The firm is able to provide experienced legal support and an authentic knowledge-based legal service for clients looking to do business in key markets across Africa. Its Africa practice leverages resources and expertise of leading business law firms across the continent, tapping into a wealth of experience, particularly when it comes to acting for governments, state agencies and multinational organisations. This strategic network, spanning across the continent, results in an extensive African capability. The firm also partners with other professional disciplines such as audit firms, business consulting houses and corporate finance institutions to provide a seamless and integrated solution for multi-disciplinary projects. CDH focuses on a number of key sectors which are active and thriving in Africa, including mining and minerals, telecommunications, construction, energy, oil and gas, banking and finance, projects and infrastructure, hospitality and leisure, and arbitration.

With first-hand, in-depth experience, CDH is able to offer sector-specific expertise and knowledge of regulatory nuances to provide an exceptional integrated service across Africa. This includes a proven track record and deal experience across multiple jurisdictions in Africa, a practical and commercial approach, a multidisciplinary team of experts managed from a single point, extensive sector experience, and dedicated, partner-led teams.  

Areas of practice 

The firm’s corporate and commercial offering covers the full spectrum of business legal services, which it delivers through core practice areas and sector teams. 

CDH has 11 esteemed core practice areas: corporate and commercial; competition; dispute resolution; employment; environmental; finance and banking; pro bono and human rights; Technology, Media & Telecommunications; real estate; tax and exchange control; technology and outsourcing; and trusts and estates. The firm also has dedicated sector teams composed of lawyers from across practice areas, bringing a wealth of experience to key industries, such as aviation, black economic empowerment, construction and engineering, convergence and new media, employee benefits, energy, hospitality and leisure, insolvency and restructuring, insurance, M&A, mining and minerals, oil and gas, outsourcing, PPPs, private equity and more. In addition, the firm has extensive public sector experience, acting for a large number of government departments and state-owned entities. Whether needing seamless coordination across a number of jurisdictions or delivery in a single location, the firm’s clients can rely on advice that is underpinned by a solid understanding of both local and international considerations. 

Diversity: CDH values diversity, respect for the individual and equal opportunity. At CDH, transformation is considered the shared responsibility of everyone in the firm. The firm puts a great deal of energy and time into its ongoing initiatives which aim to achieve CDH’s greater transformation aspirations.  

Corporate responsibility: CDH undertakes to look after the communities in which it operates through pro bono and volunteer work. To this end, CDH’s dedicated pro bono and human rights practice facilitates access to justice for the disadvantaged and vulnerable.

Meet the team. 


Verushca Pillay


Chris Charter

Corporate and Commercial

Willem Jacobs

Dispute Resolution

Tim Fletcher


Aadil Patel

Finance and Banking, Debt Capital Markets

Deon Wilken


Willem Jacobs


Allan Reid

Private Equity

Mark Linington

Product Liability

Pieter Conradie

Public Sector

Lionel Egypt

Real Estate

John Webber

Tax and Exchange Control

Emil Brincker

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Christoff Pienaar

Trusts & Estates

Allison Alexander 

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11 Buitengracht Street
Cape Town, 8001
South Africa
T: +27 21 481 6300
F: +27 21 481 6388