Cox Yeats is a specialist boutique law firm with a national and international reach
Setting Legal Benchmarks
Cox Yeats is a specialist boutique law firm with a national and international reach. The law firm offers premium commercial legal services. Since 1964, Cox Yeats has set benchmarks through changing perceptions and giving innovative advice in its numerous fields of expertise.
The purpose-built main office is situated at Ncondo Chambers, uMhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal. On 1 March 2020, Cox Yeats expanded its physical footprint nationally by opening a Johannesburg office in Sandton. This office allows the law firm to offer quality professional services to existing KwaZulu-Natal clients with businesses based in Gauteng, in addition to existing Johannesburg clients.
Over the years, Cox Yeats has built an enviable reputation for providing expert and specialised commercial legal advice on the two core principles that it continues to stand on today – integrity and personalised expert service.
The firm prides itself on always being guided by integrity, which is an ethic fundamental to legal practice. This ethic includes being independent, ensuring confidentiality, avoiding conflicts of interest, and maintaining professional ethical standards.
Significantly, the personalised service is where Cox Yeats invests in long-term relationships through taking the time to fully understand its clients’ individual circumstances. “Central to our approach of doing things differently is an emphasis on building relationships by getting to know our clients, their businesses and the problems that they are facing.
We don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, we find the best solution for each situation,” said Managing Partner, Michael Jackson. The result is that Cox Yeats has clients that have remained with the firm since its inception 56 years ago.
Both evolving and experienced professionals make up its specialised teams, ensuring that Cox Yeats is a true-life partner to their clients. The teams have expertise in the fields of: corporate and natural resources; construction and engineering; property; maritime; insurance; labour; business restructuring & insolvency; exchange control; international trade & investment; and information & communication technology. Each team has its own structure and unique approach, however, all teams have quality service, quick response and client confidence in common. This ethos allows them to leverage of each other’s different insights, allowing for ‘vibrant cross pollination’ and attention to detail.
“We are well respected for our capacity to achieve results. Our successes can be attributed to all our professionals’ real commitment to their clients, an ability to be forward thinking and a genuine desire to achieve our clients’ commercial and strategic objectives. We prioritise our client’s goals and look after their best interests,” said Jackson.
Cox Yeats will also work with clients to assist them in responding to opportunities and to anticipate legal and commercial issues that might affect their businesses. Jackson added that this culture, along with the firm’s new locations, will enable Cox Yeats to continue to attract and retain the top talents as they enter the profession. “Being part of a firm where every individual is encouraged to reach their potential is one of our most appealing offerings.”
Over the years, Cox Yeats’ lawyers have adapted to take full advantage of technological advances. “The principles of hard work and commitment, coupled with young and energetic attorneys who pride themselves on their individuality, innovation and competitiveness, are tempered by the experience and knowledge of long standing professionals, enabling Cox Yeats to embrace our fast-changing and challenging world with enthusiasm and excellence,” said Jackson.
The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the way in which all businesses function and has necessitated that firms be flexible in their operations. In line with the firm’s ability to use technology, all Cox Yeats partners, professionals and support staff were fully set up to work remotely from home, from the outset, to manage the impact of Covid-19. The professionals are also able to work from the office when necessary and so remain fully available to clients. The firm’s main objective during this pandemic was to ensure that the service provided to clients remained seamless and uninterrupted.
Expertise and Recognition
Cox Yeats has consistently been rated among the top law firms in the country with many of its professionals listed in top legal publications as well as various industry-specific guides to the world’s leading lawyers. Ten of the firm’s senior attorneys are ranked by the legal publication Best Lawyers as leaders in their fields, which is a compelling indication of the high calibre of legal professionals who are part of this growing firm. They are backed by a strong professional team and staff turnover is extremely low.
Cox Yeats once again achieved the remarkable distinction of being the highest rated law firm in KZN
in the PMR.africa survey for the Business Sector: Law Firms 2021. The firm achieved the Diamond Arrow Award in this provincial category, where corporate KZN placed Cox Yeats in first position and rated it an ‘outstanding’ law firm in the provincial survey.
“We are honoured and humbled to have received this award and owe this recognition to our clients and to the commitment of our professionals and support staff,” said Jackson.
In a further accolade, Cox Yeats who is also consistently rated one of SA’s Top Law Firms in the Annual PMR. africa national survey, has for the third consecutive year, received the PMR.africa Diamond Arrow Award for the No.1. rated law firm in South Africa in the category: medium-sized law firms in SA.
Full Name of Company: Cox Yeats Attorneys
Nature of Business: Legal Services / Attorneys
Services: Specialised Legal Services
Date Established: 1964
No. of Employees: 104
Bankers: Standard Bank (Primary)
Memberships: SA Law Society
B-BBEE Status: Level 2
To make a positive difference in our world and to do this by consistently being the most dynamic and innovative law firm that offers highly personalised expertise.
Cox Yeats is a leading law firm that offers personalised, practical and effective legal solutions to clients both in KwaZulu-Natal and further afield. With a diverse range of specialised services, our partners take on legal challenges of any scale and complexity, while always acting in the best interests of our clients.
Managing Partner: Andrew Clark
Physical Address: Ncondo Chambers, Vuna Close, Umhlanga Ridge, Durban, 4320
Postal Address: P.O. Box 913, Umhlanga Rocks, 4320
Tel: +27 (0)31 536 8500