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Published Date: November 18, 2019

Adams & Adams attorneys have been recognised for their professional excellence, making this year’s list of The Best Lawyers in South Africa, with several awards received by the firm’s partners.

Commenting on the awards, Gérard du Plessis, Chairman and Partner at Adams & Adams says: “The inclusion of many of our partners in the Best Lawyers in South Africa listing is recognition of our commitment to superior service, as well as the extensive experience that we offer to our clients.”

Based entirely on peer review, The Best Lawyers in South Africa list has become one of the most respected global guides to the legal profession in 77 countries around the world.

Now in its 11th edition, The Best Lawyers in South Africa acknowledges attorneys of distinction that have demonstrated success in various practice areas. Nominated by the general public, including clients, other practising lawyers, and marketing teams, attorneys are evaluated by their peers.

Divided by geographic region and practice area, nominees undergo an authentication review to ensure they currently practice and are in good standing with their local bar associations. Nominated attorneys need to have practised for a minimum of 10 years.

Adams & Adams partners awarded include:

  • Alexis Apostolidis, Competition, Antitrust Law
  • Danie Dohmen, Intellectual Property Law
  • Dario Tanziani, Intellectual Property Law
  • Darren Olivier, Intellectual Property Law
  • Gérard du Plessis, Intellectual Property Law
  • Johan du Preez, Intellectual Property Law
  • Kelly Thompson, Intellectual Property Law
  • Mariëtte du Plessis, Intellectual Property Law
  • Russell Bagnall, Intellectual Property Law
  • Samantha Copeling, Intellectual Property Law
  • Simon Brown, Intellectual Property Law

This year, Adams & Adams saw three new partners receiving awards for their outstanding performance in their respective legal practices. New recipients include Alexis Apostolidis, demonstrating excellence in Competition/Antitrust Law, and Russell Bagnall and Samantha Copeling for their expertise in IP Law.

Alexis Apostolidis is well versed in all aspects of Patent Law, specialising in opinion work and patent litigation in the life sciences, agrochemical, petrochemical, IT, and consumer goods sector. He also experienced in Competition Law.

Russell Bagnall is Head of the Patent and Design Litigation Group, specialising in patent litigation and opinion work, mainly in pharmaceuticals and chemistry.

Advising clients from a wide range of industries, Samantha Copeling practices in the Trade Mark Prosecution Department, specialising in clearance searches, and all aspects of trade mark registration and portfolio management.

Gérard Du Plessis concludes: “We have tremendous depth in our professional team, and I am very proud of my partners and their dedicated teams. Their achievements are a tribute to the hard work Adams & Adams has invested in becoming a leading IP law firm globally.”

Alexis Apostolidis
Partner | Head of Competition Law Group
Danie Dohmen
Partner | Patent Attorney
Darren Olivier
Russell Bagnall
Partner | Patent Attorney
Simon Brown
Partner | Trade Mark Attorney
Dario Tanziani
Gérard du Plessis
Kelly Thomson
Partner | Firm Chairperson
Mariette du Plessis
Johan du Preez
Samantha Copeling

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