2018 The African Legal Awards


If you are interested in sponsoring The African Legal Awards 2018 - or the Corporate Counsel Forum Africa 2018, call James Woolf on tel. +44 20 3875 0669 / mobile +44 7584 258 190 or email jwoolf@alm.com


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 & 2017 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.


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.


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


GLL is an invitation-only membership group, offering General Counsel a global platform for virtual and in-person collaboration to exchange ideas, receive advice and guidance from peers and participate in an advanced leadership skills development program for General Counsel at the universities of Oxford and Harvard. Over the last ten years, GLL has gained the reputation as 'the home of thought leadership for General Counsel'.

GLL Members and their teams gain access to exclusive GLL award winning-events including private dinners, Mini MBAs and the global congress, as well as subscriptions to ALMs award-winning media publications and curated insights, reports and benchmarking tools.

For further information contact Rhiannon Van Ross, Global director, GLL on rvanross@alm.com

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.



Instinctif Partners Africa, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, has active local expertise in multiple markets across the continent. We are fluent in politics, economics and governance, advising organisations in the dynamic emerging markets that call our continent home. We are proud to counsel clients across the sectors defining Africa’s economic growth and development agenda – working with them to achieve shared value through invested and informed communications initiatives. We anticipate change and move fast, partnering with our clients to build their reputation, combat risk and secure market relevance no matter the challenge.

Leveraging our position at the intersect of civil society, public and private sector, we harness the multiple ecosystems that comprise modern communications - from digital to community to traditional engagement techniques - to influence outcomes and move our clients’ agendas forward.

Our services for clients include but are not limited to:

  • Investor relations: Positioning your investment case to yield clear and compelling commercial returns for you and your shareholders
  • Corporate communications: Connecting your business with press, stakeholders and social media followers through agile and authentic engagements that push boundaries and set the pace within your sector.
  • Digital optimisation: Using insight to shape your digital ecosystem by leveraging data analytics and management, social media platforms and search engine optimisation (SEO).
  • Public affairs: Securing opportunities to amplify your voice and impact policy affecting your business within our political landscape.
  • Corporate governance and shareholder advisory: Prioritising the need for companies to anticipate, understand and respond to challenges such as shareholder activism, complex share ownership structures and the impact of proxy advisory agencies and institutional investors on voting results.
  • Content and creative: Shifting perceptions and behaviour through Informed branding & design, specialist film & motion production and content development.
  • Employee engagement: Reignite your employees’ commitment to organisational success, motivating them to be take accountability for company and individual performance, productivity and well-being.
  • Crisis and issues management: Help reduce risk, generate trust and add value. Our strategic, pragmatic approach to issues and crisis management will help you to identify, mitigate and manage risks effectively – building business resilience
  • Media training: Get your spokespeople to approach engagements with purpose, communicating your business more effectively to journalists, shareholders, civil society, customers and each other