Leading global law firm, Baker & McKenzie has expanded its growing Africa Dispute Resolution offering with the addition of two new dispute resolution partners in the Johannesburg office.
Sonia de Vries and Adine Abro join Baker & McKenzie in August 2016 from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr’s Dispute Resolution Department. Both Sonia and Adine have a broad range of experience in corporate and commercial litigation and arbitrations and have worked on a number of significant matters, principally in the area of construction and engineering law. They are joined by associate Ernst Müller and candidate attorney Terrick McCallum, also from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.
Gerhard Rudolph, head of the Dispute Resolution Practice Group in Johannesburg, welcomed the new appointments: “I am delighted to be welcoming Sonia, Adine and their team to Baker & McKenzie. Together, they will play an important role in the Johannesburg office’s already prominent dispute resolution construction service offering.”
Sonia and Adine’s appointment brings the total practitioners in the team to over 30, showing significant growth since the arrival of current partners Gerhard Rudolph, Darryl Bernstein and Kate Daniels in December 2012. The practice is currently ranked in Tier 1 by Legal 500 for construction work in South Africa.
Baker & McKenzie’s Johannesburg office launched in May 2012 with 31 lawyers and staff. Since then the office has more than trebled in size, bringing the total headcount to more than 100 lawyers. Baker & McKenzie has an extensive practice covering the African continent with three offices in Cairo, Casablanca and Johannesburg. Globally, the Firm’s footprint spans 77 offices in 47 countries.
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