Awards and Accolades

Spoor & Fisher is ranked in the top band in the latest editions of leading legal directories, both local and international, including Managing Intellectual Property, The Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, World Trade Mark Review, and others. 

Equally, we have a reputation for pioneering thought leadership and contributions to IP law and academia. Our lawyers have authored authoritative text books, drafted legislation, and acted in some of the most ground-breaking intellectual property cases of the last century.

Spoor & Fisher wins the MIP Africa Award for the fif...

Spoor & Fisher has once again won Managing Intellectual Property’s prestigious regional award, ‘Africa Firm o...

Spoor & Fisher IP specialists featured in WIPR Leade...

The  “WIPR Leaders 2022” digital edition, a directory of the world’s most talented IP lawyers, has jus...

Spoor & Fisher awarded Top Tier status in 2022 Legal...

Spoor & Fisher awarded Top Tier status in 2022 Legal 500 rankings...

Spoor & Fisher expertise recognised in World Tradema...

World Trademark Review has announced the twelfth edition of WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Practitioner...

Spoor & Fisher receives top ranking in Chambers Glob...

Spoor & Fisher has consistently been ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners for Intellectual Property (IP) legal services ...

8 Straight Years of Diamond Arrow status

Spoor & Fisher has been awarded the Professional Management Review Africa (PMR) Diamond Arrow Award....

Spoor & Fisher is Intellectual Property “Law F...

Spoor & Fisher is Intellectual Property "Law Firm of the Year" for 2022...

Spoor & Fisher retains Top Tier status in latest Leg...

Spoor & Fisher achieved Band 1 ranking in the Legal 500 ratings of IP firms in South Africa in 2010, 2011, 2013 and between 2...

Global Award for the Best IP Advisor Africa & Middle...

Spoor & Fisher won the Innovation & IP Forum and Awards (INIFA) Gold Award for the Best IP Advisor Africa & Middle East Categ...

Trademark Firm of the Year at inaugural awards ceremony

Spoor & Fisher has been named as the South African “Trademark Firm Of The Year” at the inaugural Global IP Awards held in...

Spoor & Fisher is MIP Africa Firm of the Year for th...

We are especially proud to have won both South Africa and Africa Law Firm of the Year awards in 2019, a feat that has never b...

Spoor & Fisher receives top ranking in Chambers Glob...

Spoor & Fisher has consistently been ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners for Intellectual Property (IP) legal services ...

Spoor & Fisher one up on prior recognition in IAM Pa...

Spoor & Fisher has maintained a gold band rating in IAM Patent 1000’s rankings since 2011 (2011 – 2020)....

Spoor & Fisher snatches up “Gold Band” tier in lates...

The World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 has consistently awarded Spoor & Fisher gold band rating (2011 – 2020)....

Jonathan Whittaker is the Pretoria-based chair of the firm. He has a particularly well-established reputation for his patent work, with his extensive litigation experience being complemented by his advisory practice. He acts for clients in a range of areas including the mining and manufacturing sectors. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Hugh Moubray is one of the field’s most notable and most well-respected practitioners. He has amassed a wealth of IP litigation experience in his career, and remains one of the most sought-out choices of counsel for opposition and infringement cases. He heads the firm’s patent litigation practice. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Herman Blignaut is a skilled attorney who is regularly engaged on trade mark and copyright litigation and opposition. Clients commend him for being “very good with trade mark opposition and searches,” while other market commentators note his work on major mandates in the market. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Eben Van Wyk services a roster of notable clients in the sports, consumer goods and retail industries. He is instructed for his counsel on trade mark opposition and infringement disputes, as well as trade mark filings and domain name registration. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Commentators laud Charles Webster as “one of the best IP attorneys in the country,” as well as an “expert and specialist litigator.” He is an accomplished trade mark and copyright litigation counsel with further experience of issues relating to competition law. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Carl Van Rooyen is a longstanding fixture in the market, with a well-established reputation for his contentious IP representation. His practice focuses on both trade mark and copyright disputes, as well as unlawful competition. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Other interviewees praise the group as “fantastic,” while another asserted that it provides “good assistance and turnaround times,” concluding: “If we need quick support they are there.” – Chambers and Partners, 2021

A client reported that the firm provides “excellent service,” adding: “They know our portfolio extremely well and have it all memorised. The service is always on time and they are always giving extra help.” – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Demonstrates proficiency acting for clients in areas including trade mark and patent prosecution and enforcement, acting for both plaintiffs and defendants, with comprehensive accompanying registration and renewal capabilities. Additionally noted for its expertise in anti-counterfeiting. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Well regarded for its ability to service its prestigious client base in South Africa and throughout the continent, with clients derived from industry sectors such as healthcare, consumer goods and financial services. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Distinguished practice with renowned proficiency across a heterogeneous variety of IP-related commercial concerns. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Kay Rickelman, the “godmother of trademark law in Africa”, whose approach demonstrates “an understanding of business concerns, while also being able to dip into her arsenal of skills to clear prosecution hurdles and win disputes.” – WTR1000, 2021

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