South Africa: Foreign Rivals Raise the Bar for Country's Lawyers

November 16, 2007 Law in South Africa is no longer the cosy environment it was back when the country was in isolation. Now, law firms not only have to compete against each other, but also with the English and French firms that do business in Africa, including multidisciplinary practices and accounting firms.

"Law firms are competing against the best in the world. We can no longer afford to practice in one centre. It is insufficient for the large law firms today to be national only. They need to have international reach," says David Lancaster, a managing partner at Webber Wentzel Bowens. There is fierce competition from an abundance of law firms and lawyers crowding the marketplace in every jurisdiction in the world, he says.

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