Supported by a number of South African and Africa specialist partners, who are recognised market leaders in their respective fields of expertise, the Herbert Smith Freehills office in Johannesburg provides a true on-the-ground pan-African offering, wherever our clients are doing business on the continent.

Continually recognised for the strength of our dispute resolution, projects and transactional practices, HSF Johannesburg offers innovative advice and comprehensive support to meet its clients' needs, both locally and globally.

Our Johannesburg Office

Johannesburg office opened, HSF's first office in Africa.

Johannesburg office has close to 100 employees now.

Candidate Legal Practitioners have been trained since we opened the Johannesburg office.

Our Africa team has advised clients in relation to all of Africa's 54 jurisdictions.

Our Expertise

The Herbert Smith Freehills Johannesburg office provides a full-service offering to its global and local clients, across its diverse practice groups:

Competition, Regulation and Trade

Widely recognised as one of the leading teams in the field, this practice group advises many of the world's blue chip organisations in a wide range of industries, across the full spectrum of competition, and many regulatory and trade-related issues. Our well-rounded team of lawyers has a broad range of experience, and has been involved in the leading cases and cutting edge of competition law for over twenty years in South Africa. We work seamlessly with colleagues around the world on a daily basis on cross-border maters..


Our Corporate practice provides market-leading legal advice on public and private mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets transactions, corporate governance and risk management for companies' boards. Advising clients in various sectors, the practice are market leaders within energy, infrastructure, mining, technology media and telecommunications, asset and wealth management, banks and other financial institutions, and agriculture.

Dispute Resolution

HSF has a world class and truly global dispute resolution practice, combining exceptional legal knowledge with deep sector experience. Our approach to resolving disputes is practical, competitive and commercially focused, providing innovative thinking to assist clients on the most complex and challenging of disputes, mitigating risks and resolving issues. The Johannesburg team has been described as "very approachable, knowledgeable, practical and commercial and extremely helpful."

Corporate Crime and Investigation

As a global investigations practice we advise on all aspects of cross-border and domestic criminal, internal and regulatory investigations, including legal and regulatory exposure, disclosure and reporting obligations and reputational issues arising from investigations, including managing crisis situations. Our team has particular experience in internal corporate investigations and corporate criminal matters, as well as advising on compliance issues. Our team in Johannesburg works in tandem with the broader disputes team to provide a seamless investigations-to-resolution service offering, often working closely with our global investigations lawyers.


HSF Johannesburg is a truly international banking and finance practice, serving borrowers, lenders, advisers and other market participants on all forms of financings. The practice has strong capability across the firm's global offices, offering top-tier technical excellence, that is underpinned by commercial acumen and market knowledge.

Environment, Planning and Communities

HSF Johannesburg provides comprehensive legal services across the entire spectrum of environmental and planning issues. Our strength is being part of an integrated team on major long-term projects from start to finish. Throughout these projects we assist our clients to obtain access to land and all statutory approvals, respond to any appeals or challenges before courts and tribunals, and negotiate with government agencies.


Advising on large scale, long-term infrastructure, construction and engineering, mining and energy projects, our team is one of the strongest in the market. We provide customised and multi-disciplinary teams of sector specialists and regional experts, adapting HSF's world leading global knowledge to meet the needs and requirements of domestic projects, advising on the potential risks through design, construction and operation.

Employment, Pensions and Incentives (EPI)

The correct handling of employment-related issues throughout the lifespan of the employment relationship is critical to the core business aims of attracting, managing, incentivising and retaining talent on the one hand and mitigating risk on the other. Our employment law practice provides advice to our clients on a wide range of employment law issues including complex transactions and restructurings, discrimination claims, industrial relations matters involving trade unions, restraints of trade disputes, transfers of business, unfair dismissals and unfair labour practice disputes. We provide advice to clients in all sectors including mining, finance, telecommunications, information technology, construction and retail. Whilst we promote the resolution of employment disputes through alternative means such as conciliation, mediation, early neutral evaluation and expert determination, we have extensive experience advising on and appearing in all tribunals and courts.

Alternative Legal Services (ALT)

Alternative Legal Services (ALT) is a fully-integrated part of HSF's international network. It offers innovative, market-leading solutions in respect of high-volume, document-intensive legal work. By combining cutting-edge technology with legal expertise, ALT has created a cost-competitive, bespoke offering which is tailored to a clients' requirements. It provides a seamless, round-the-clock service across a wide range of products and services, in support of the firm's practice groups. To learn more, please visit the ALT page here.

Our locations

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  • 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 & Regulatory, Project Finance, Technology Media and Telecommunications, 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,
    South Africa

    +27 (0) 10 500 2600


  • New York
    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

    +1 917 542 7600 

Asia Pacific

  • Bangkok
    Asia Pacific

    Our Bangkok office is an integral part of HSF’s network across the region, advising leading Thai and international clients on dispute resolution and regulatory matters in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Established in 1998, we’re recognised as one of the country's premier commercial litigation and arbitration specialists with lawyers and partners fluent in Thai and English.

    Herbert Smith Freehills (Thailand) Ltd
    Suite 1403 14 FL. Abdulrahim Place
    990 Rama IV Road
    Silom Bangrak​
    Bangkok 10500

    +66 2857 3888

  • Beijing
    Asia Pacific

    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

    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

  • Jakarta
    Asia Pacific

    In Jakarta, our team of experienced international counsel practice alongside our affiliate firm, Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung (HBT), specialising in the protection of foreign investor interests, both in transaction and contentious situations. In addition to our top tier corporate, finance and projects expertise, HBT also have a specialised dispute resolution practice. This focus provides our clients with high quality, innovative legal services and local knowledge.

    Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung (HBT)
    23rd Floor
    Gedung BRI II
    Jalan Jenderal
    Sudirman Kav. 44-46
    Jakarta, 10210

    +62 21 574 4010

  • Kuala Lumpur
    Asia Pacific
    Kuala Lumpur

    Our team of local and international lawyers in Kuala Lumpur advise both our Malaysian and international clients on transactions, disputes and Islamic finance law. We’re working with business, the legal community and academia to enhance further Malaysia's status as an Islamic finance hub.

    Herbert Smith Freehills
    23A-05, Level 23A, Q Sentral,
    2A Jalan Stesen Sentral 2,
    KL Sentral,
    50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    +60 3 2777 5000

  • Melbourne
    Asia Pacific

    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

    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

  • Seoul
    Asia Pacific

    Our Seoul office advises local and international clients on international investment activities, including inbound and outbound cross-border transactions, projects and disputes. The team has many years of experience in the energy, natural resources, infrastructure and technology sectors around the world and is trusted by global players in those sectors with their biggest and most complex deals and disputes.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    22F West Tower, Center 1 Building
    26, Eulji-ro 5-gil, Jung-gu​
    Seoul 04539

    +82 2 6321 5600

  • Shanghai
    Asia Pacific

    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

  • Singapore
    Asia Pacific

    Our Singapore office provides a base for our Indian subcontinent practice. We advise blue-chip Asian and international clients on cross-border and international aspects of complex transactions, disputes and financings. Reflecting the industries of Singapore, our office has built significant reputations in international arbitration, energy and resources, projects and infrastructure, financial services regulatory, and technology, media and telecommunications.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    50 Raffles Place
    #24-01 Singapore Land Tower
    Singapore 048623

    +65 6868 8000

  • Sydney
    Asia Pacific

    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

    Level 34 – Clients
    Level 33 – Deliveries

    +61 2 9225 5000

  • Tokyo
    Asia Pacific

    Our Tokyo office advises major Japanese companies and international corporations on inbound and outbound cross-border transactions, energy projects and dispute resolution. We’re consistently recognised as one of the leading law firms in Japan, with one of the largest and most experienced teams of registered foreign lawyers. Our practice centres on multi-jurisdictional matters for Japanese and multinational corporations. 

    Herbert Smith Freehills​
    Midtown Tower, 41st Floor
    9-7-1 Akasaka
    Tokyo 107-6241

    +81 3 5412 5412


  • 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
    BT7 2JD​

    +44 28 9025 8200

  • Brussels

    Our office in the heart of Brussels has a reputation for delivering results in the most challenging cases. We provide quality advice to clients throughout the world as a seamless integrated competition, regulation and trade service, supported by our colleagues in London, Paris, Madrid and across the network. Our Brussels team works on European Union, trade and competition law. Its proximity to the European Commission means that the team has on-the-ground knowledge and understanding of the Commission's activities.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    Central Plaza
    Rue de Loxum 25
    1000 Brussels

    +32 2 511 7450

  • Dusseldorf

    Our offices in Dusseldorf and Frankfurt have leading expertise in corporate, dispute resolution, finance, real estate, competition/regulatory and employment matters and provide local and international clients with advice in these areas. With a major focus on cross-border work we operate seamlessly within our global network to provide clients with the highest level of service.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    Breite Straße 29-31
    40213 Düsseldorf​

    +49 211 975 59000

  • Frankfurt

    Our offices in Dusseldorf and Frankfurt have leading expertise in corporate, dispute resolution, finance, real estate, competition/regulatory and employment matters and provide local and international clients with advice in these areas. With a major focus on cross-border work we operate seamlessly within our global network to provide clients with the highest level of service.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    Neue Mainzer Straße 75
    60311 Frankfurt am Main

    +49 69 222 282 400

  • 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
    EC2A 2EG​

    +44 20 7374 8000

  • Madrid

    Our Madrid office has developed a strong reputation for handling complex and innovative transactions. We provide national and cross-border legal advice to IBEX 35 companies and important local and multinational clients with high-profile operations in Spain and the rest of the world. Our team is comprised of more than 90 professionals led by 11 partners, who are responsible for designing, coordinating and managing the teams best suited to each transaction.

    Herbert Smith Freehills Spain LLP
    Calle de Velázquez 63
    28001 Madrid

    +34 91 423 4000

  • Milan

    Our Milan office – our first in Italy – opened in January 2018 and is centered around Intellectual Property. We also advise multinational and domestic clients active in other sectors including design, fashion, technology, media, telecommunications, manufacturing and automotive, on their most important trademarks, copyright, advertising regulation and data privacy matters.

    Herbert Smith Freehills Studio Legale
    Via Rovello 1
    20121 Milan

  • Paris

    Our Paris office was established in 1964 and remains one of the leading, strongest, full service practices in the French market, helping a large number of CAC 40 and SBF 120 companies to achieve their goals. Our office comprises lawyers trained in civil and common law who offer a range of domestic and international legal advice to help our clients meet their objectives, across a range of sectors, services and jurisdictions.

    Herbert Smith Freehills Paris LLP
    66, avenue Marceau
    75008 Paris

    +33 1 53 57 70 70

Middle East

  • Dubai
    Middle East

    Our Dubai office acts as a hub in the region, offering local, regional and international clients advice in the firm's core practice areas. The office provides the base for our work with clients throughout the Middle East and, with practitioners experienced in working in Europe, Africa, India, Pakistan, Australasia, Asia and North America, we are ideally equipped to assist locally based clients investing in foreign jurisdictions.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    Dubai International Financial Centre
    Gate Village 7, Level 4
    PO Box 506631
    Dubai UAE​

    +971 4 428 6300

  • Riyadh
    Middle East

    The Law Office of Mohammed Altammami in association with Herbert Smith Freehills provides our clients with a full-service office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia​. The team based in Riyadh is comprised of lawyers who have worked on high-profile, complex transactions and disputes for clients in relation to both their inbound and outbound commercial activities.

    The Law Office of Mohammed Altammami in association with Herbert Smith Freehills
    Level 18, Al Faisaliah Tower
    King Fahad Highway
    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    +966 11 484 7138


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Deal of the Year 2018 (Infrastructure Investor)
Disputes Firm of the Year 2017 (American Lawyer)