The ranking is based on headcount and geographical spread using research compiled by Law.com International in partnership with Africa Legal.
Scott Cowan, Africa Legal’s Chief Executive, said he was delighted to collaborate with Law.com to provide this much needed visibility of the pan African law market and he hoped that the research would go much further in years to come.
“While size is an indicator of success, there are many more factors involved in running a successful law firm and we would love to provide the same level of visibility of these factors as shared in other parts of the world including turnover and PEP.”
The top 10 is dominated by South African giants, including ENSAfrica, Bowmans, Webber Wentzel and Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, but two international law firms also made the cut with DLA Piper and Dentons ranked second and eighth respectively. The only firm without offices in South Africa to make the top 10 was Kenyan firm, Anjarwalla & Khanna.
Nigerian stalwarts Aluko & Oyebode, Aelex and Olaniwun Ajayi & Co all made the rankings with Templars leading this national contingent, ranked at 11.
DLA Piper, incorporating its dedicated African verein, DLA Piper Africa, led with the total number of offices on the continent at 20, with ENSAfrica following with eight.
Deeper analysis of the rankings can be expected in the coming weeks.
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