IP is in our DNA | Adams & Adams is SA’s Firm of the Year

The peer review publisher, Best Lawyers®, recently released its list of outstanding lawyers in various fields, with a number of Adams & Adams Partners featured. In addition, Adams & Adams was once again named the Top Law Firm in South Africa in the field of Intellectual Property Law for 2019.

Recognition in Best Lawyers® is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honour, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. The Best Lawyers® lists of outstanding attorneys are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. If the votes for an attorney are positive enough for recognition in Best Lawyers, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain in each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be recognised by Best Lawyers®.


  • Simon Brown
  • Danie Dohmen
  • Gérard du Plessis
  • Mariëtte du Plessis
  • Johan du Preez
  • Dario Tanziani
  • Kelly Thompson
  • Darren Olivier

Of the announcement, Partner and Firm Chairman, Gérard du Plessis said, “Recognition from one’s respected peers in a challenging profession is especially rewarding. IP is in our DNA! We represent multi-nationals from around the globe. Our 72-trade mark and copyright attorneys handle cases in South Africa and across Africa. We have 22 patent attorneys – across all technical disciplines with 2 partners responsible for prosecuting patent and design cases in South Africa.”

In 2018, Adams & Adams celebrated 110 years since its founding by the Adams brothers in 1908. “Compared to our competitors we file and prosecute the most trade mark, patent and design applications in South Africa. We have highly competent IP prosecution and litigation teams with extensive experience. The trade mark, patent, copyright and design departments offer clients a full range of legal services relating to the acquisition, protection, enforcement and commercialisation of intellectual property rights, licensing of trade marks, patents, copyright and designs and plant breeders’ rights and franchising,” adds du Plessis. “We are recognised as the top IP law firm in South Africa and our partners have a hands-on approach, unlike many other IP firms. We are confident that no other IP law firm has the depth of expertise and resources that we have in South Africa. It did not come easy and so we are proud of our position as the country’s leading IP firm.”

Prestigious accolades such as those by Best Lawyers®, IP Stars and Chambers® are based on market leading performance analysis and are strictly quantitative – designed to recognise those firms which are consistently delivering the best results for their clients.

Gérard du Plessis
Partner | Trade Mark Attorney
Simon Brown
Simon Brown
Partner | Trade Mark Attorney
Danie Dohmen
Partner | Patent Attorney
Mariëtte du Plessis
Partner | Trade Mark Attorney
Johan_Du Preez
Johan du Preez
Partner | Trade Mark Attorney
Dario Tanziani
Partner | Patent Attorney
Kelly Thompson
Partner | Trade Mark Attorney
Darren Olivier
Partner | Attorney
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