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Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr achieves multiple top ratings in Best Lawyers International 2009 rankings

With 21 lawyers individually listed, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has achieved the No. 1 ranking in six categories in the Best Lawyers International 2009 rankings.

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is ranked No. 1 in South Africa in Arbitration and Mediation with three lawyers listed, in Litigation with five lawyers listed, and in Real Estate with four lawyers listed.

The firm is also recognised as the No. 1 law firm in Sandton (Johannesburg) in Arbitration and Mediation with three lawyers listed, in Litigation with five lawyers listed and in Real Estate with three lawyers listed.

Selection to Best Lawyers in South Africa is based on a rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 3,000 confidential evaluations by 28 top attorneys in South Africa. Because no fee or purchase is required, being among the first to be selected to be in Best Lawyers is a unique and singular honour.

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Best Lawyers International 2009, listed by specialties:

Cape Town

John Gomes, Real Estate
Patrick McGurk, Tax
David Thompson, Corporate; Mergers and Acquisitions


Nick Altini, Antitrust
Emil Brincker, Tax
Faan Coetzee, Labour and Employment, Litigation
Pieter Conradie, Arbitration and Mediation, Litigation
Lucia Erasmus, Real Estate
Hans Evenhuis, Banking
Chris Ewing, Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity
Tim Fletcher, Insurance, Litigation
Ian Hayes, Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, Mining
Hugh S. Jackson, Real Estate
Willem Jacobs, Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions
Johan Latsky, Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions
Janet MacKenzie, Media
Mondo Ntlha, Antitrust
Sam Oosthuizen, Arbitration and Mediation, Litigation
David Pinnock, Mergers and Acquisitions
Attie Pretorius, Real Estate
Jonathan Witts-Hewinson, Arbitration and Mediation, Litigation

Best Lawyers includes lists from 45 major legal markets and lists lawyers in 78 specialties. The inaugural Best Lawyers, South Africa edition was published in 2008. The publication is recognised as having one of the largest and most targeted audiences of any peer review directory in the legal profession.

Lawyers are nominated to Best Lawyers in two ways. Firstly, all of the lawyers in the previous edition of Best Lawyers are automatically nominated into the next edition. Secondly, during the voting process, voting lawyers are asked to nominate any outstanding lawyers who have not yet been nominated. These lawyer nominations are generally for lawyers at other firms and register as votes as well as nominations.

In large legal communities (such as Sandton and Cape Town), lawyers are asked to vote only on lawyers in the same specialty and in the same legal community. Whether by telephone, e-mail, or fax, voting lawyers are always asked the same question, "If you could not handle a case yourself, to whom would you refer it?"

The numerical average required for inclusion varies according to the average for all the nominees within the specialty and the geographic area.

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