Clifford Chance (CC), Kenyan firm Anjarwalla & Khanna and Standard Chartered’s in-house team topped the bill at the African Legal Awards 2016.
The event – held at the Wanderers Club last night in Johannesburg – was hosted by Legal Week in conjunction with the Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa (CCASA)
Overall, 26 awards were given out to celebrate the achievements of African in-house and private practice lawyers.
The judging panel was chaired by CCASA CEO Alison Lee and also included Talenta Chavalala, a senior legal adviser for the Development Bank of Southern Africa, and Bill Skirving, group legal adviser of the Hannover Reinsurance Group of Africa.
CC saw off competition from firms such as Baker & McKenzie, Norton Rose Fulbright and Herbert Smith Freehills to win the prestigious International Law firm of the Year award.
Anjarwalla & Khanna repeated its success from last year to once again win the award for African Law Firm of the Year – Large Firm, while Standard Chartered collected an award for Legal Department of the Year – Large Team category.
South African origin firms ENSafrica, Bowmans and Linklaters ally Webber Wentzel all had successful nights, each scoring a hat-trick of awards.
International firms that were successful on the night include White & Case, Baker & McKenzie and DLA Piper. The latter firm, which only launched its first South African office in Johannesburg last year, won the award for Network of the Year, for its DLA Africa offering.
The African in-house community were also well represented at the event, with major winners including Tammi McMahon-Panther of Procter & Gamble, who was named Junior Corporate Counsel of the Year, and Josie Lyon of the Protea Hotel Group, who won the General Counsel of the Year award.
The night culminated with the CCASA Achievement Award, which went to Thuli Madonsela, an advocate of the High Court of South Africa, for her work in the human rights and constitutional law sphere.
The winners in full:
African Law Firm of the Year – Large Practice Anjarwalla & Khanna
International Law Firm of the Year Clifford Chance
Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa Achievement Award Thuli Madonsela
African Law Firm of the Year – Small Practice AB & David
Construction Team of the Year White & Case and Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Property Team of the Year Bowmans
Transportation and Infrastructure Team of the Year DLA Piper and IKM
Competition and Regulatory Team of the Year ENSafrica
IP Team of the Year ENSafrica
Employment Team of the Year Bowmans
TMT Team of the Year Webber Wentzel
Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Team of the Year Baker & McKenzie
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year Shepstone & Wylie
Restructuring Team of the Year ENSafrica
Banking Finance & Restructuring Team of the Year Bowmans
M&A Team of the Year Webber Wentzel
Innovation Award Norton Rose Fulbright
CSR Initiative of the Year Hogan Lovells
Diversity Initiative of the Year Webber Wentzel
Attorney of the Year Odette Geldenhuys – Webber Wentzel
Junior Corporate Counsel of the Year Tammi McMahon-Panther – Procter & Gamble
Senior Corporate Counsel of the Year Christian Kallenbach – Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa
General Counsel of the Year Josie Lyon – Protea Hotel Group
Legal Department of the Year – Small Team AFGRI Group
Legal Department of the Year – Large Team Standard Chartered Bank
Africa Network of the Year DLA Piper Africa Group