Adams & Adams is the number one IP outfit in South Africa – WTR 1000

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“Adams & Adams is the number one IP outfit in South Africa.” This opening line of the firm review in the recently-published World Trademark Review’s WTR1000 2019 rankings.  The firm also earned a ‘Gold Band’ rating based on the fact the its team attracted the most positive comments from clients and industry colleagues, and for it’s established reputation.

Why is Adams & Adams the best IP firm in the country? The WTR1000 review panel gave this reason; ” It has a stable partnership and an excellent pool of associates – it trains people extremely well. Overall, its services are top notch.”

In highlighting the professionals at Adams & Adams, WTR1000 had this to say:

“Having 10 individuals ranked in the WTR 1000 2019 is testament to the incredible bench strength of the firm. Ascending to the gold tier this year is Darren Olivier, a “thorough lawyer who really knows his stuff, and someone who is very active in promoting intellectual property in Africa”. He has 20 years of experience encompassing private practice and in-house roles and is a jack – and master – of all brand-related trades.”

“When it comes to litigation and enforcement, patrons are spoilt for choice; any one of Jenny PienaarGodfrey BudeliKelly ThompsonGérard du Plessis, Dale Healy or Steven Yeates make a great anchor for complex suits in which only a win will do. Head of the litigation section Pienaar capitalises on an excellent network of contacts to ensure swift cross-border enforcement; Budeli provides assured leadership to the anti-counterfeiting practice; experienced litigator Thompson blends leading advertising law expertise into her brands practice; chairman du Plessis has deep litigation experience which enables him to manage portfolios with great foresight; Healy has emerged victorious for blue-chip companies in all types of trademark dispute; and Yeates is a multitalented lawyer with expertise in copyright litigation, anti-counterfeiting and non-contentious aspects of trademark practice. Prosecution clients also have plenty of options; taking the reins of the practice is Simon Brown, who routinely surpasses the expectations of marquee multinationals such as Google and AB InBev; Lucy Signorelli, who transferred to the prosecution group in 2018 having previously served on the litigation front, specialises in recordals; and Eugene Honey is the go-to for IP commercialisation proficiency.”

GERARD DU PLESSIS

Partner, Firm Chairman
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SIMON BROWN

Partner, Chairperson – TM Prosecution
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JENNY PIENAAR

Partner, Chairperson – TM Litigation
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DARREN OLIVIER

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GODFREY BUDELI

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KELLY THOMPSON

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DALE HEALY

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STEVEN YEATES

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LUCY SIGNORELLI

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EUGENE HONEY

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