Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr was named as South Africa's Best Large Law Firm, 2009 at the PMR.africa awards presentation held in Johannesburg on 2 February 2009. The law firm received the Diamond Arrow Award in recognition of its being ranked 1st overall in a national survey on legal firms in South Africa.
This award underscores a number of recent achievements for Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, including being named Best Corporate M&A Practice – Africa, 2008 in The New Economy Legal Awards and Legal Adviser of the Year, 2008 in the ACQ Finance Achievement Awards.
Each year, PMR.africa surveys a random sample of 295 respondents, comprising in-house corporate legal advisers, MDs, CEOs, financial directors, company secretaries and senior managers from listed and large companies nationally. They rate their law firms across a range of 21 attributes that range from accessibility and added value to innovation in solving clients' problems and specialist expertise.
Respondents base their ratings on their perceptions of the strengths and weaknesses of the law firms they use, so the results provide an effective evaluation of the clients' experience with the level of service provided and measures the client company's level of satisfaction with its law firm.
An overall rating is determined after full consideration has been given to all key decision factors.
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr CEO, Chris Ewing, said: "Client surveys such as those conducted by PMR.africa, The New Economy, World Finance and others suggest that we are serving our clients in a way that they expect from us and appreciate.
"The results support our vision to be South Africa's leading business law firm. What we stand for and how we deliver solutions to clients is key to our success. The client feedback indicates that the firm is largely living up to our brand promise – that everything in the way we serve and interact with our clients matters."
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr was established in September 2008 from the merger of two of South Africa's oldest and largest corporate law firms, Cliffe Dekker and Hofmeyr, Herbstein & Gihwala. The firm is now one of the biggest in the country, with more than 130 directors and 300 lawyers located in Johannesburg (Sandton) and Cape Town.
The former Cliffe Dekker law firm, has been rated as the No. 1 law firm in the PMR.africa survey over three previous years' and has remained in the top two law large law firm rankings over the last six years.