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Winners of the 2022 African Legal Awards

The ninth annual African Legal Awards found the continent's legal sector gathering at the Houghton Hotel in Johannesburg on Friday, 2 September 2022, for the first in-person ceremony in two years.
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Image source: Brad Calkins – 123RF.com

The awards, hosted this year by Law.com International news editor Rose Walker, seek to honour and celebrate Africa's best and brightest legal talent across 41 different categories.

Webber Wentzel was the top performing firm of the evening, earning a total of seven awards including African Law Firm of the Year – Mid Large Practice, as well as the individual award for Private Practice Most Promising Newcomer for Alyssa Smith. Bowmans took home four awards, while the DLA Piper Africa network also collected four awards among its group - including African Network/Alliance of the Year.

Shortlisted in 2021's African Law Firm of the Year – Small Practice category, Pavestones Legal won the coveted award this year.

Baker McKenzie took the awards for Future Generations, supported by Save the Children, and Private Practice Rising Star - Mid-Large Practice for Tracy van der Colff. Also earning two awards each were Fasken and Tiefenthaler Attorneys, with Tiefenthaler's Arno Koekemoer being named Private Practice Rising Star - Small Practice.

The full list of the African Legal Awards winners 2022

CategoryWinner
African Law Firm of the Year – Mid Large PracticeWebber Wentzel
African Law Firm of the Year – Small PracticePavestones Legal
African Network/Alliance of the YearDLA Piper Africa
Alternative Service Provider of the YearHerbert Smith Freehills
Banking & Finance Team of the Year - Large PracticeAllen & Overy
Banking & Finance Team of the Year - Small-Mid PracticeBowmans
Best Use of TechnologyALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna
Capital Markets Team of the YearBowmans
Competition and Regulatory Team of the YearFasken
CSR, Diversity, Transformation and Economic Empowerment AwardFasken
Employment Law Team of the YearSAL & Caldeira Advogados (DLA Piper Africa)
Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Team of the Year - Mid-Large PracticeWebber Wentzel
Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Team of the Year - Small PracticeIKM Advocates (DLA Piper Africa)
ESG Initiative of the YearWebber Wentzel
Future Generations Award, supported by Save the ChildrenBaker McKenzie
General Counsel of the YearSamallie Kiyingi, African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)
In-House Rising Star AwardSamantha Anderson, Anglo American
Innovation AwardBarnard Incorporated Attorneys
International Law Firm of the YearMiranda & Associados
IP Team of the YearENSafrica
Legal Department of the Year - Large TeamSafaricom
Legal Department of the Year - Small TeamTongaat Hulett
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year - Large PracticeClyde & Co
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year - Mid-Sized PracticeWebber Wentzel
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year - Small PracticeTripleOKLaw
M&A Team of the YearWebber Wentzel
Partner of the Year - Mid-Large PracticeKarim S. Anjarwalla, ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna
Partner of the Year - Small PracticeAsmahaney Saad, KTA Advocates
Private Equity Team of the YearWebber Wentzel
Private Practice Most Promising Newcomer AwardAlyssa Smith, Webber Wentzel
Private Practice Rising Star Award - Mid-Large PracticeTracy van der Colff, Baker McKenzie
Private Practice Rising Star Award - Small PracticeArno Koekemoer, Tiefenthaler Attorneys
Property and Construction Team of the Year - Mid-Large PracticeDentons
Property and Construction Team of the Year - Small PracticeTiefenthaler Attorneys
Restructuring Team of the YearIKM Advocates (DLA Piper Africa)
Risk & Compliance Department of the YearLaw For All
Specialist Law Firm of the YearLopes Attorneys
Tax Team of the YearBowmans
TMT Team of the YearEversheds Sutherland
Transportation and Infrastructure Team of the YearBowmans

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