Adams & Adams is an internationally recognised and leading African law firm that specialises in providing intellectual property and commercial services.

With primary office locations in South Africa and branches and associate offices in a number of African countries, our firm’s leadership position is reflected in the groundbreaking work we do, the valuable client relationships we have and the quality of our professionals.

Our more than 200 professionals specialise in various legal and technical disciplines in intellectual property lawcommercial and property law, and litigation. We proudly represent many of the world’s largest corporations and organisations, as well as small to medium-sized companies, and our 70 partners are established pathfinders and thought leaders in their respective practice areas.

Our Intellectual Property law practices work with clients around the globe and across many industries to protect, enforce and commercialise their intellectual property including trade marks, patents, copyright
and designs.

Likewise, our general commercial legal services practices boast competent and powerful teams that are purposed to represent clients in expertise areas such as commercial litigationproperty servicespublic procurement, banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, tax, franchising, personal injury, arbitration and dispute resolution, and technology, among others.


We are consistently shortlisted and acknowledged by leading global industry bodies and publications that recognise excellence in global legal practice. Prestigious awards such as those awarded by Managing IP and IAM recognise firms which are consistently delivering the best results for their clients.


Many of the firm’s partners and staff are already actively involved in individual philanthropic and social upliftment campaigns, while a few have been chosen as part of our corporate strategy – both fundamental components of our commitment to social advancement, sustainability and empowerment.


Established in 1908 by Harry Adams, the firm’s Partners have never been satisfied with practicing law ‘by the book’ – rather they have demanded and inspired an ethos that ‘writes the book’ – a way of securing the firm’s future by preparing and blueprinting it in the present.

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