The event, staged by Legal Week in association with the Counsel Association of South Africa (CCASA), took place on 9 September.
Overall, 26 awards were given out to celebrate the achievements of African in-house and private practice lawyers.
Clifford Chance (CC), Kenyan firm Anjarwalla & Khanna and Standard Chartered’s in-house team topped the bill, scooping major awards.
The evening culminated in a standing ovation for outgoing public protector Thuli Madonsela, who received the CCASA Achievement Award for her work rooting out corruption in South Africa’s government.
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.
For full details of all the winning entries, click on the links below:
Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa Achievement Award Thuli Madonsela
International Law Firm of the Year Clifford Chance
African Law Firm of the Year – Large Practice Anjarwalla & Khanna
African Law Firm of the Year – Small Practice AB & David
General Counsel of the Year Josie Lyon – Protea Hotel Group
Legal Department of the Year – Large Team Standard Chartered Bank
Legal Department of the Year – Small Team AFGRI Group
Africa Network of the Year DLA Piper Africa Group
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
Senior Corporate Counsel of the Year Christian Kallenbach – Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa
Junior Corporate Counsel of the Year Tammi McMahon-Panther – Procter & Gamble
Banking Finance & Restructuring Team of the Year Bowmans
M&A Team of the Year Webber Wentzel
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