Herbert Smith Freehills has successfully disrupted a rapidly-evolving legal services market in Africa, by developing and launching an innovative, cost-effective legal service for document/data intensive, repetitive legal matters. We call this offering Alternative Legal Services (ALT) and it spans across both:

  • legal disputes, focusing on high-volume and data-intensive contentious matters;
  • and legal transactions, focusing on repeat contracting and document-intensive parts of non-contentious matters.

An African first

ALT professionals in Johannesburg make up the cross-practice team.

service hubs, spread across the UK, US, South Africa, Asia and Australia, make up ALT's global platform, which enables our teams to work seamlessly around the clock to meet challenging deadlines and maximise efficiency.

growth of the ALT Johannesburg team since May 2021.
 

Law graduates have been trained and passed through our International Legal Development Programme (ILDP), the first of its kind in the South African market. This programme is designed for talented legal graduates to work on high profile global matters while being trained in process and tech-enabled legal service delivery.

DIVERSE KNOWLEDGE AND IN-DEPTH EXPERTISE

The Johannesburg office has 6 practice groups, of which we are one.

  • Alternative legal services
  • Corporate
  • Competition, regulation and trade
  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment, pensions and incentives
  • Finance, real estate and projects

ALT is a fully-fledged practice group within Herbert Smith Freehills, and operates alongside our other specialist teams, ensuring the high-quality legal services that our firm is renowned for, and an end-to-end solution to our clients' legal business needs.

ALT CORPORATE: LEGAL TRANSACTIONAL SUPPORT

Solutions for your day-to-day contracting needs

We operate as an extension of our clients' in-house legal and procurement teams. By supporting clients with their daily contracting needs, we can free up clients' in-house legal and commercial teams to focus on strategic business objectives and high priority transactions.

Business-as-usual: commercial contracting and managed legal service support

We offer a full range of cost-effective and efficient solutions to help manage a client's commercial contracts workload (whether as a short term answer to resourcing pressure or on an on-going basis), ranging from low/medium complexity contracts to more complex or negotiated contracts. 

ALT Disputes: legal disputes support

We support clients through the labour intensive work involved in contentious matters through project management, process design and technology augmented legal services. Our end to end solution includes, amongst others services:

  • Document Review or Risk Review
  • Chronologies of Key Events
  • Claims Management
  • Customer Remediation
  • Legal Technology and eDiscovery Consulting, through the application of market leading analytics tools 

Our locations

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Africa

  • Johannesburg
    Africa
    Johannesburg

    The Johannesburg office has grown exponentially since its opening in 2015 and provides a full-service offering to global and local clients covering Corporate, Competition, Project Finance, TMT, Litigation, International Arbitration, Corporate Crime and Investigations, and Alternative Legal Services (ALT).

    Our South African partners are recognised market leaders in their respective fields providing clients across the Continent with access to exceptional legal expertise, combining the best of local and international experience. 

    Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP
    Rosebank Towers – 4th Floor,      
    15 Biermann Avenue,
    Rosebank,
    Johannesburg,
    2196,
    South Africa

    +27 (0) 10 500 2600

Americas

  • New York
    Americas
    New York

    Our New York office consists of US and UK-qualified disputes lawyers who represent clients in commercial litigation in US courts, and in investigations, cross-border matters, class actions, and international arbitrations. The attorneys in the office have a wealth of experience as advocates at all stages of litigation, including trial and appeal, in federal and state courts in New York and throughout the US. 

    Herbert Smith Freehills New York LLP
    450 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10017
    USA

    +1 917 542 7600 

Asia Pacific

  • Beijing
    Asia Pacific
    Beijing

    Our Beijing office offers access to one of the leading capital markets/M&A teams in mainland China, and a China investment team that advises foreign clients, Chinese state-owned enterprises and corporates. We have an on-the-ground dispute resolution and arbitration team offering international services. We also regularly work with our Hong Kong and Shanghai colleagues to provide cross-border assistance. 

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP Beijing Representative Office (UK)
    28th Floor Office Tower
    Beijing Yintai Centre
    2 Jianguomenwai Avenue
    Chaoyang District
    Beijing 100022

    +86 10 6535 5000

  • Brisbane
    Asia Pacific
    Brisbane

    Reflecting the market in which our clients operate, our Brisbane office has a significant focus on energy and mining, as well as advising clients in a broader range of industries including real estate, construction, resources, government and private sector, infrastructure, technology, health and financial services.

    Herbert Smith Freehills​
    480 Queen Street
    Brisbane QLD 4000
    Level 31 – Clients
    Level 29 – Deliveries

    +61 7 3258 6666

  • Hong Kong
    Asia Pacific
    Hong Kong

    Hong Kong is the firm’s Asia headquarters. The office is a full service practice with tier one rankings in the leading legal directories for capital markets (including US securities), corporate/M&A, energy, dispute resolution and regulatory advice. Over 90 lawyers offer expertise in finance, insurance, private equity, project finance, restructuring, turnaround and insolvency, and technology, media and telecommunications (TMT).

    Herbert Smith Freehills
    23rd Floor Gloucester Tower
    15 Queen's Road Central
    Hong Kong​

    +852 2845 6639

  • Melbourne
    Asia Pacific
    Melbourne

    The Melbourne office was established in 1852. With a team of around 60 partners and over 300 lawyers our expertise spans practice areas such as: capital markets; competition; compliance and regulatory; construction; corporate; dispute resolution; employment, pensions and incentives; energy; environment and planning; finance; intellectual property; investigations; M&A; mining; projects and infrastructure; and tax.

    Herbert Smith Freehills​
    101 Collins Street
    Melbourne VIC 3000

    Level 42 – Clients
    Level 43 – Deliveries

    +61 3 9288 1234

  • Perth
    Asia Pacific
    Perth

    With Western Australia continuing to be at the centre of Australia’s resources growth, our Perth office advises on any scale of project or transaction. Mining, oil & gas, infrastructure and real estate are key industries. We work with leaders in these sectors to provide legal and strategic advice. We also advise on some of the largest and most complex transactions, projects and legal issues for Australian and international companies.

    Herbert Smith Freehills​
    QV.1 Building
    250 St Georges Terrace
    Perth WA 6000

    +61 8 9211 7777

  • Shanghai
    Asia Pacific
    Shanghai

    Our Shanghai office advises new entrants and long-established clients on investment in the PRC, including the establishment and operation of wholly foreign-owned enterprises and joint ventures. We act for international and Chinese business clients on high profile cross-border work, combining on-the-ground expertise with international reach.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP Shanghai Representative Office (UK)
    38th Floor, Bund Center
    222 Yan An Road East
    Shanghai 200002

    +86 21 2322 2000

  • Sydney
    Asia Pacific
    Sydney

    Our Sydney office, comprising of a team including 81 partners and over 350 lawyers, is one of our largest Australian offices. Our expertise includes capital markets; competition; compliance and regulatory; construction; corporate; dispute resolution; employment; energy; environment and planning; finance; intellectual property; investigations; investment; M&A; mining; private equity; projects and infrastructure; and tax.

    Herbert Smith Freehills
    ANZ Tower 161 Castlereagh Street
    Sydney NSW 2000
    Australia

    Level 34 – Clients
    Level 33 – Deliveries

    +61 2 9225 5000

Europe

  • Belfast
    Europe
    Belfast

    Herbert Smith Freehills was the first leading global law firm to establish a fully-integrated UK based operation. Since opening the Belfast office in April 2011, our business model has evolved in response to client demand for an expanded offering of legal services. Our offering has extended to the non-contentious areas of corporate, funds, finance and real estate, litigation, arbitration and regulatory investigations.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    3 Cromac Quay
    Ormeau Gasworks
    Belfast
    BT7 2JD​

    +44 28 9025 8200

  • London
    Europe
    London

    Our London office provides a distinctive blend of transactional, dispute resolution and projects capabilities to clients, working closely with offices worldwide. Our pre-eminent corporate and dispute resolution practices work alongside our leading teams in EU and competition law, real estate, finance and banking, employment, pensions and incentives, intellectual property and tax. Clients include multinational corporations, investment banks and other financial institutions, governments and government bodies.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    Exchange House
    Primrose Street
    London
    EC2A 2EG​

    +44 20 7374 8000

awards

Deal of the Year 2018 (Infrastructure Investor)
WINNER, ALTERNATIVE LEGAL SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR, AFRICAN LEGAL AWARDS 2021 & 2022
Disputes Firm of the Year 2017 (American Lawyer)
BAND 1, LITIGATION SERVICES, ALTERNATIVE LEGAL SERVICE PROVIDERS, CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2021 & 2022
Deal of the Year 2018 (Infrastructure Investor)
BAND 2, CONTRACT LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT, ALTERNATIVE LEGAL SERVICE PROVIDERS, CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2021 & 2022
BAND 2, LAW FIRM LPO, ALTERNATIVE LEGAL SERVICE PROVIDERS, CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2021 & 2022

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