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The Adams & Adams Advertising Law Group has represented the advertising, marketing and promotion industries, as well as hundreds of brand-owners, for many decades. Our clients include name-brand advertisers, advertising agencies, production companies, media companies, publishers, and leading trade associations.

Our practice areas include advertising compliance, consumer protection, intellectual property, dispute resolution, litigation, ASA complaints and marketing and advertising contracts, including in relation to:

  • Television advertising regulations
  • Compliance with ASA regulations
  • Misleading advertising
  • Comparative advertising
  • Competitions and give-away promotions
  • Ambush marketing
  • Copyright
  • Pricing issues
  • Dispute resolution
  • Agency agreements
  • Regulatory advice

Adams & Adams is a proud member of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA). GALA is the leading network of commercial communication lawyers in the world with members in 54 countries in all global regions.

Contact one of our advertising law professionals

  • Amina Suliman

    Amina is an admitted attorney, notary public and conveyancer as well as a qualified trade mark practitioner. She is a member of the Legal Practice Council and a fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.

  • Danie Strachan

    Danie’s clients range from entrepreneurs and technology start-ups to well-known multi-nationals. Clients often seek his advice regarding the establishment of an enterprise in South Africa, and he drafts and reviews agreements needed for their operations and to grow their businesses.

  • Darren Olivier

    An experienced intellectual property advisor with over 20 years experience gained in local and international law firms as well as in-house. Especially interested in IP management (primarily brands), prosecution, commercialisation and enforcement in Africa but worked for a decade in London, focusing on Europe.

  • Debbie Marriott

    Debbie Marriott is a Partner in the Trade Mark Litigation department, and is admitted as a Solicitor in the UK in addition to being a South African Attorney.

  • Jenny Pienaar

    Jenny is a partner in the Adams & Adams Trade mark Department. Her areas of practice include trade mark litigation, domain name registration and securing domains from unlawful proprietors, as well as litigation relating to copyright, passing-off, unlawful competition, company name objections and related issues.

  • Kelly Thompson

    Kelly Thompson is a Partner in the trade mark litigation group and serves as the Chairperson of Adams & Adams.

  • Kim Rampersadh

    Kim has garnered experience advising clients on a wide range of IP enforcement issues in South Africa and abroad. Her focus includes trade mark and copyright litigation, passing-off matters, company name objections, domain name disputes and advising on advertising law.

  • Lita Miti-Qamata

    Lita was admitted as attorney in 2010. She holds an LLB degree from University of Western Cape. Her areas of practice include brand enforcement and trade mark prosecution including, infringement, and opposition proceedings, domain name disputes, company and close corporation name objections, trade mark searches, filings, assignments. She also has experience in anti-counterfeiting.

  • Mandy Swanepoel

    Mandy has extensive experience in trade mark, copyright and advertising litigation, having been in practice with Adams & Adams for over 10 years. Along with infringement, unlawful competition and passing off matters, she also handles domain name disputes and company name objection.

  • Mariëtte du Plessis

    Mariëtte du Plessis is currently a senior partner in the Trade Mark Litigation section of the Trade Marks Department. She has been a partner of Adams & Adams since 1997 and is an experienced top-tier ranked IP attorney with over 30 years of experience in IP.

  • Nishi Chetty

    Nishi is a Partner in the Trade mark Department. She practices at the Durban office and is one of the Managing Partners. Nishi served for seven years on the firm’s Management Committee as Branch Office Chairperson.

  • Steven Yeates

    Steven advises clients on all issues relating to trade mark selection, searching, registration and enforcement. He is actively involved in creating, implementing and managing trade mark portfolios, enforcement programmes and management strategies, on behalf of our international and local clients in a number of African countries.

  • Wensel Britz

    Wensel advises clients on trade mark portfolio management and registration strategies world-wide across various industries.

  • Werina Griffiths

    Ms Griffiths started her career in the firm’s Commercial Property and Litigation Department before joining the Trade Mark Litigation Department.

  • Alissa Nayanah

    Alissa Nayanah joined Adams & Adams in 2012. She is a qualified Trade Mark Practitioner who specialises in trade mark prosecution and enforcement in South Africa and foreign territories.

  • Lisa van Zuydam

    Lisa van Zuydam is a qualified attorney and trade mark practitioner specialising in litigation relating to trade marks, copyright, passing-off, unlawful competition, domain name disputes, company and business name objections and advertising and regulatory issues in South Africa and Africa.

  • Lize-Mari van Dyk

    Lize-Mari van Dyk is a qualified attorney and trade mark practitioner specialising in litigation relating to trade marks, copyright, passing-off, unlawful competition, domain name disputes and company name objections.

  • Nicole Haworth

    Nicole Haworth is a Senior Associate at Adams & Adams and obtained her LLB degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2009 and her LLM degree from the University of Pretoria in 2015.

  • Nicole Smalberger

    Nicole advises clients from a wide range of industries, including, for example, the automotive, construction, telecommunications, entertainment, and IT industries, in relation to the protection and enforcement of their brands and intellectual property rights in Africa.

  • Robyn Müller-Mabuza

    Robyn Müller-Mabuza is a senior associate to Debbie Marriott in the trade mark litigation department. She attained her LLB degree from the University of the Witwatersrand.

  • Udi Pillay

    Udi Pillay is a Senior Associate in the Trade Mark Department at Adams & Adams in Durban.

  • Daniëlle van Deventer

    Danielle is an associate in the Trade Mark Litigation department. She specialises in IP commercialisation, with her focus areas ranging from trade mark searches, filings & trade mark prosecution to brand enforcement and IP due diligence including, infringement and opposition proceedings, domain name disputes and company name objections.

  • Whitney Lee Govender-Williams

    Michael is an associate in the Commercial, Property and Litigation department in Pretoria. He is a litigation attorney, practicing as such in Road Accident Fund claims, Medical Malpractice, Professional Negligence, Unlawful arrest and detention, as well as other Personal Injury Claims.

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