2018 The African Legal Awards

In association with

The Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa (CCASA), formerly known as the “Corporate Lawyers Association of South Africa” (or “CLASA”), was established in 1982 in order to represent the interests of the in-house Corporate Counsel in South Africa. In 2017 CCASA was formally recognized by the South African Qualifications Association (SAQA) as the official Body representing the Corporate Counsel profession in South Africa.  CCASA is therefore well-placed to establish benchmarks for Corporate Counsel in South Africa and to ensure that the credibility and high standards expected of the Corporate Counsel profession are maintained in the South African environment.


Founded in 1949, Baker McKenzie is one of the world’s largest law firms by revenue and the ‘Global Law Firm of Choice for Africa’, advising many of the most dynamic and successful global business organisations through more than 4,000 locally qualified lawyers and 6,000 professional staff in 77 offices in 47 countries. Our clients operating in Africa benefit from our unmatched global network combined with our local market knowledge and relationships with local counsel and regulators. We were one of the first international law firms to open an office in Africa over 30 years ago and we continue to support and advise clients across the continent. We provide our clients in Africa with an integrated service that is supported by our global reach and best practice aligned with industry expertise and local knowledge.

Baker McKenzie is identified by Acritas as “the firm most used for high value work in Africa” according to the Sharplegal Insight Guide (June 2016) – “Demand in Africa: The Multinational Opportunity” and was the winner of the ‘International Law Firm for Africa’ award at the Legal Week 2015 African Legal Awards.


PLMJ Network is a partnership of leading firms spread across Portuguese-speaking countries as well as the main target markets for Portuguese investment. It is a network of contacts and cooperation between law firms created with the aim of making the best of resources, synergies and a capacity to respond to the most varied demands of our clients. Through PLMJ Network, clients are able to keep the same contact lawyer, who coordinates the work with local teams through desks specialising in various markets. This allows us to provide our clients with high-quality, full-service legal solutions in all the countries covered by PLMJ Network.


Supported by

Africa Legal was launched in 2018 to make it easier for legal professionals on the continent to access the latest jobs, news and digital courses in one place.
As part of the Africa Professional Services Group, we bring visibility to Pan-African professional markets and in so doing are working to grow careers and create opportunities.

For members we provide an easy way to apply for a wider range of jobs, take online courses and access the latest news and insights.
For clients we are a platform to recruit, profile a brand, share news and develop and expand the legal professional community.
We are delighted to support and partner with Legal Week's Africa Legal Awards 2018 and, in celebration of this, we are sharing with participants and attendees a discount code for job postings. To take up this offer visit us here and use discount code TALA2018


Media Partner

Gleason Publications (Pty) Ltd opened its doors in October 1998. It publishes two niche publications: without prejudice and DealMakers.

without prejudice is supported by a number of law firms; its editorial independence and integrity are jealously guarded. The magazine publishes articles that are current and germane and a wide range of contemporary legal issues are comprehensively discussed in a manner applicable and relevant to practising lawyers while accessible to those outside the legal profession. without prejudice has been called ‘a rare source of invaluable information’. The magazine was first published in October 2001 and added a digital offering in November 2013. The search engine of the digital offering of without prejudice makes it a unique research tool.

Sister publication DealMakers, a quarterly publication that focuses on Mergers & Acquisitions and general corporate finance, was first published in the second quarter of 2000. Catalyst, which covers private equity and venture capital, and DealMakers Africa are incorporated within its covers. The magazine includes deal tables, rankings, and ‘Thort’ articles which cover matters that impact the industry.