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ENSafrica's Overview

Peace of mind

What matters in today’s business environment are fast turnaround times and cost-effective solutions. ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with over 600 practitioners, and 100 years of experience in high-level, complex commercial work. The firm’s focus is on “what’s best for the client” and striving for excellence, in both offering and service. ENSafrica is committed to providing clients with cost-effective outcomes by ensuring work is done at the right level, and in the manner that best suits clients’ preferences and pricing structures.

Strategic partner

While many recognise the unique opportunities for trade, investment and growth that Africa represents, predicting in-country and across region risks is not easy, particularly given the rate of exponential change impacting multiple indicators, whether economic, political, technological or social. ENSafrica is an independent law firm with fully integrated offices across Southern, West and East Africa. The firm offers clients many years’ accumulated know-how and solid experience, whether doing business in-country or cross-continent, helping to minimise risk and leverage business opportunities across Africa.

ENSafrica has lawyers qualified to practise English, French and OHADA law, as well as practitioners who are fluent in African and international languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, French and Portuguese. The firm also has dedicated China and India practice groups, which focus on the African strategies of these countries.

Through the financial services centre of Mauritius, ENSafrica also offers a unique possibility to integrate all aspects of structuring clients’ investments in relation to all commercial areas of law, tax, IP and fiduciary.

Proven track record

"It is comforting to know that when the going gets tough, these individuals will come to your aid at the shortest possible notice." – Chambers Global Guide

"ENSafrica's lawyers give 'no-nonsense advice' … have 'unparalleled knowledge of the region'." – The Legal 500

"The firm works seamlessly throughout [its offices], and can serve its clients across the continent with a one firm approach. … They are dedicated to both the client and the task at hand." – IFLR1000

"Clients observe that 'they respond quickly and take their work seriously' and appreciate that 'they are flexible and professional, and have very good knowledge of the local market'." – Chambers Global Guide

  • Lawyers Worldwide: 550


Areas of Practice
  • advertising and asa
  • anglophone africa
  • anti-bribery compliance
  • anti-trust/competition
  • asset finance
  • aviation
  • banking and finance
  • capital markets
  • China
  • collective investment schemes
  • constitutional
  • construction and engineering
  • copyright
  • corporate commercial
  • corporate finance
  • corporate governance
  • domain names
  • employee benefits
  • employee incentives
  • employee tax
  • employment
  • environment
  • estates and estate planning
  • forensics
  • francophone Africa
  • healthcare and pharmaceutical
  • immigration
  • India
  • indirect tax
  • insolvency, business rescue and debt recovery
  • insurance
  • intellectual property
  • international trade
  • IT law
  • litigation / dispute resolution
  • media
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • mine health and safety
  • mining
  • natural resources
  • occupational health and safety
  • oil and gas
  • patents
  • plant breeders' rights
  • private clients
  • private equity
  • project development and project finance
  • public private partnerships
  • real estate / property
  • regulatory compliance: JSE/TRP/FSB
  • retail
  • retirement funds
  • shipping, ports and logistics
  • swaps and derivatives
  • tax
  • technology, media and telecommunications
  • trade marks
  • transfer pricing
  • transport, rail and logistics
  • trusts
  • wills



Craig Jones

Craig Jonesexecutive consultant


Carmen Abboy

Carmen Abboyassociate

Kara Barnard

Kara Barnardassociate

Mia Beavon

Mia Beavonsenior associate

Adelin Dalais

Adelin Dalaissenior associate

Bibi Motala

Bibi Motalaassociate

Carmen Schoon

Carmen Schoonassociate


Jodi Coxwell

Jodi Coxwellpatent attorney | off-site consultant

Jason Drew

Jason Drewpatent attorney


South African merger filing fees and intermediate merger thresholds to increase from 1 October
ENSafrica, September 2017

On 15 September 2017, the South African Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, published Government Notices no. 1003 and 1005, which announced increases to the intermediate merger thresholds and merger filing fees. These increases will be effective from 1 October 2017...

New Uganda Insurance Act to overhaul industry
ENSafrica, September 2017

The Insurance Act, 2017 (the “Act”) has recently been enacted to reform the law governing insurance in Uganda. The purpose of the Act is to bring Uganda’s insurance law in line with the Insurance Core Principles (“ICPs”) developed by the International Association of Insurance Supervisors and the Financial Action Task Force recommendations on combating money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism. The ICPs form the basic internationally accepted standards for regulation of insurance companies and are the basis for assessment of insurance regulators’ compliance with accepted international best practice...

All articles submitted by ENSafrica


ENSafrica recognised as a leading international firm for India-related work
ENSafrica, July 2017

We are delighted that, for the third consecutive year, ENSafrica has been identified as a leading international law firm for India-related work by the India Business Law Journal. The announcement was made in an intelligence report titled “Global Stars”, which was published in a recently released edition of the India Business Law Journal...

Top accolades for ENSafrica’s IP team and its members
ENSafrica, July 2017

We are delighted to announce that Gaelyn Scott, head of ENSafrica’s IP department, has again been recognised by Managing Intellectual Property as one of the world’s leading female IP attorneys in its 2017 IP Stars list of the Top 250 Women in IP. Gaelyn Scott and Ilse du Plessis were ranked by Managing Intellectual Property as IP Stars for trade marks. ENSafrica’s Dr Joanne van Harmelen and Rowan Forster have been ranked as IP Stars for patents, and Waldo Steyn and Tanith Robertson were recognised for trade marks and copyright, in its recently released 2017 guide...

All press submitted by ENSafrica

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