Adams & Adams

Established in 1908, Adams & Adams is an internationally recognised and leading African law firm that specialises in providing IP and commercial services. With primary office locations in South Africa and associate offices in a number of African countries, the firm is proud of its outstanding work for and valuable client relationships with organisations of all sizes, from start-ups to multinational, local and international companies across all industries. Our professionals specialise in various legal and technical disciplines in IP law, commercial and property law and litigation.

Our IP law practice works 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 IP 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 IP group also litigate these issues in courts across Africa. Adams & Adams is the largest IP firm in Africa and is ranked among the leading IP firms 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, including commercial and contract law, commercial litigation, property ser­vices, public procurement, banking and finance, M&A, tax, exchange control, franchising, competition, labour, personal injury, arbitration and dispute resolution.

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.

Adams & Adams is consistently shortlisted and acknowledged by leading global industry bodies and publications that recognise excellence in global legal practice; peer review and ranking agencies repeatedly acknowledge the firm as a top-tier service provider.

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, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, the Gambia, Tanzania (including Zanzibar) and Zimbabwe.

Contact details

Adams & Adams
Lynnwood Bridge
4 Daventry Street
Lynnwood Manor
Pretoria 0001
South Africa

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Other offices

  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Town
  • Durban
  • Egypt
  • Ghana
  • Johannesburg
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Libya
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Pretoria
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania

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