Participation in awards and indices lets us benchmark our performance and gain valuable feedback from third parties – allowing us to improve our offering. We were delighted to have been named Firm of the Year (Africa) in 2017 and Firm of the Year (South Africa) in 2018 at the Managing Intellectual Property EMEA Awards which recognise organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the development and promotion of intellectual property rights.


Managing IP has confirmed a number of Adams & Adams professionals as IP Stars for 2018 again. The research for IP STARS (formerly IP Contacts Handbook and MIP Handbook) covers contentious and non-contentious IP work. It is carried out over a six-month period by an experienced team of research analysts and journalists in MIP offices in Hong Kong, London and New York.

Patent Stars

  • Alexis Apostolidis
  • Danie Dohmen
  • Dario Tanziani
  • Johnny Fiandeiro
  • Louis van der Walt
  • Russell Bagnall

Trade mark Stars

  • Darren Olivier
  • Gérard du Plessis
  • Kelly Thompson
  • Mariëtte du Plessis
  • Samantha Copeling
  • Simon Brown


Industry indices such as Chambers & Partners, Legal500 and IAM1000 have all confirmed top-tier rankings in 2018 for Adams & Adams. In 2018, our responsible business practices were also recognised by Managing IP as Firm of the Year for Corporate Social Responsibility and Innovation in Africa.


At the recent Managing IP EMEA Awards, Adams & Adams was named the Leading Law Firm in South Africa for 2018, as well as Africa’s Corporate Social Responsibility & Innovation in IP Firm of the Year. Of the awards, Partner and Chairman, Gérard du Plessis, commented; “Our proven track record in Africa and the ascendency of South African law firms in the regional awards is an indication of the tremendous know-how that we have to offer throughout the continent – and it’s especially appropriate that in the 110th year of our firm’s existence, we are confirmed as the top firm in the country of our founding – South Africa.”

The firm was established in July 1908 by brothers Harry and Eustace Adams and has become one of Africa’s largest and most respected intellectual property law practices. “If the saying that ‘the future builds on the foundation of the past’ holds true, then the tangible spirit of innovative law established by over a century of business, certainly explains why we command such a leading position in the southern hemisphere”, says du Plessis. “We’re constantly working to provide greater benefit to our clients through innovations such as our Africa IP Network Week, Crammer event, IP Connect service, Online Patent Quoting Tool, and the Kipanga™ Watch Service.”

Over the past decade the firm has, systematically, worked at expanding the network of Associate Offices that operate in conjunction with local partners to enhance the firm’s client offering throughout Africa. Selected jurisdictions within the Adams & Adams Africa Network (AAAN) include Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Egypt, Ghana, Libya, Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Cameroon. These offices service important jurisdictions as well as the regional IP organisations, ARIPO and OAPI.

“We are also indebted to our local and global clients who continue to trust our professionals with their commercial interests and intellectual property rights on the continent,” added du Plessis.

Gérard du Plessis
Partner | Trade Mark Attorney
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