AFRICA: It’s gonna take a lot to drag ENS away from you

The ENSafrica – Oxford & Beaumont merger in Ghana has recently gone live. This is quite exciting for a Bachelors level Africanist historian and an international legal recruiter like me! It’s great to see a firm that’s invested so much into the continent over the years still be growing rather than being swallowed up by new competition, and getting a great foothold in Ghana. It is this, I think, that has captivated me most about ENS: its very ‘pan-African’ approach to expansion – and trust me, that’s not as obvious as it seems. Continue reading…

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A South African story that embraces everything about why Chadwick Nott’s African dream is now very much a reality

Over the last several months, I have developed relationships with Partners and Lawyers at almost all of the Law firms in South Africa. The conversations I have with them are always enlightening and inspiring. This appears to reflect the profession as a whole, but the people I talk with represent the true spirit of entrepreneurialism. They are all fully aware of the shifts in the African soil with many law firms jostling for a piece of the African adventure that is beginning to gather momentum as we head into Q2 of 2015. You have my greatest respect. Continue reading…

Out of Africa and a Toast to 2015

Well 2014…..where do I begin?

Whilst looking for content after a very busy year my mind wanders to the new found clients and candidates I have had the pleasure of meeting this year. Starting back in January, I looked at the year ahead and never could have imagined the journey that was afoot. Four trips to Africa later I now know why I have fallen in love with the continent. Continue reading…

We are experts in Africa

The attention of the whole world has been fixated on the South African legal process this year with the high-profile trial of Oscar Pistorius. The trial having been televised has allowed a unique insight into the judicial system in South Africa, and has already resulted in a boost to applications for legal courses.

The Pistorius trial is not the only news from the South African legal market this year, however. As the trial was approaching its conclusion, news broke that Allen & Overy are gearing up for their South African launch. As the first magic circle firm on the ground in the country, the opening could be the most talked about yet, in the series of openings and bolt-ons from international firms this year… Continue reading…

Cocktails and dreams

With the London holiday season now in full swing and our lawyers sunning themselves in far away places with their families, the question is “what will I do when I get back to the grind?”
Senior lawyers and partners all over the globe take this time to regroup and take stock of their work/life balance and quite rightly so.

The economic climate is gathering pace and as president Obama has now committed to investing $14 billion into the African continent, the scramble for commercial positioning across Africa is about to ramp up a notch. Continue reading…

News from Africa

The eyes of the legal world are fixed on the African market, with many global firms having established a presence there.  From long-standing relationships such as those at White & Case, Norton Rose Fulbright and DLA Piper, to recent expansions like the mergers of Eversheds and CWA, or Dentons and KapdiTwala, firms are jostling for a position in a market that’s set to offer cutting-edge legal work.​ Continue reading…