South Africa’s leader, President Cyril Ramaphosa, last night declared that the country would enter a state of lockdown from midnight on Thursday 26 March 2020.

From this point, all citizens, excluding essential and emergency personnel, will be obliged to remain at home for 21 days, leaving only to access food supplies, medicine and/or medical care.The lockdown is expected to endure until midnight on Thursday 16 April 2020.

With 402 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in South Africa, Government has taken this “immediate, swift and extraordinary action” to “prevent catastrophe” and to safeguard our country’s people, health infrastructure, and economy. President Ramaphosa drew specific attention to the responsibility to protect those with suppressed immune systems and those battling poverty and malnutrition, with this “dramatically escalated response”.

At Spoor & Fisher, we remain committed to the health and safety of our staff, our clients and the communities in which we live and work. As such, our South African offices have made provision for critical staff members to work from home during this period. We will strive for no disruption in our email and other responses, and will work to ensure that you can reach our professional and accounts staff as normal. Please note that our Jersey office remains open during this period.

We remain committed to the high levels of service and attentiveness that you have come to expect from us.

If you have any questions or concerns about how we are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, or how this will affect your business, please reach out to us on the contact numbers below.

Take care, be well and remain safe.

Lodewyk Cilliers, Executive Chairman


t: +27 12 676 1045

For Trade Marks:

Juli Hopf


t: +27 12 676 1065

For Patents:

David Gilson


t: +27 12 676 1047

For Operations:

Jaco de Bruin


t: +27 12 676 1005

Jersey Office:

Wayne Meiring


t: +44 1534 838042

Mike Berry:


t: +44 1534 838088