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Lawtons Africa is a South African law firm. Our roots stem from seeds sown in down-town Johannesburg in 1892.

We are looking forward to building on our legacy as we pursue a bright future in the local and broader African market.

Our history features various changes and different names. During this time, we walked the legal journey with many home-grown and international companies as well as exciting 21st-century ventures.

South Africa is a vibrant, ever-changing country with many challenges and opportunities. Our practice and approach align with national and continental developments, while staying resilient through the tough times.

We always keep an open mind.

During the recent transformation out of a multinational establishment, we realised valuable lessons from exposure to the international legal environment.

We will use it to the benefit of our clients and remain active in markets outside Africa.

Our team of 70 lawyers, including directors, consultants, associates and candidate attorneys are highly qualified, market-recognised and skilled. These committed professionals are backed by considerable resources. This enables us to render transactional, advisory and dispute-resolution services to you - our client.

We absorb skills and create solutions that are relevant to African business and people.

We pride ourselves on being a diverse family that works with our clients in a team to maintain personal, trust-based, long-lasting relationships.

We are a “home from home” for our clients.

The firm’s extensive client portfolio supports domestic and international corporations, banks, financial institutions and state authorities. Our in-community, often pro-bono services, keep our work real.

We have always been at the forefront of the movement to advance social justice and the rule of law in South Africa and our commitment to community will continue to resonate.

Our practice areas support a broad range of clients: employment, litigation, construction, tax and exchange control, corporate/commercial, transaction advisory, real estate, private equity, competition/anti-trust, business restructuring and insolvency.

Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business - it’s part of our core. We are advocates of justice, equality and opportunity.

We make a difference through pro bono activities, community investment and social justice.