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Cox Yeats is a specialist law firm with a national and international reach. The law firm offers premium commercial legal services and gives innovative advice in its numerous fields of expertise



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Andrew Clark

Integrity, Approachability and Individuality

Cox Yeats is a specialist law firm with a national and international reach. The law firm offers premium commercial legal services and gives innovative advice in its numerous fields of expertise.

The purpose-built main office is situated at Ncondo Chambers, uMhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal. Cox Yeats opened a Johannesburg office in Sandton in 2022 and on 1 September 2022 continued the expansion of its national footprint through the opening of a new office in Cape Town.

“We are delighted that the firm has achieved its strategy of having a presence in the country’s three major economic hubs,” said Andrew Clark, Cox Yeats’ managing partner. “We are confident that our Cape Town office will match our successes in Durban and Johannesburg as we strive to ensure that Cox Yeats remains the law firm of choice in South Africa.”

Since 1964, when Cox Yeats was founded in KwaZulu-Natal by the late legal legend Graham Cox, the firm has continued to rely on innovative and sustainable solutions to overcome the many storms which South Africa, and particularly KwaZulu-Natal, has faced. In addition, although the business has grown substantially over the past five decades, the firm’s founding principles of integrity, approachability, and individuality are as strong now as ever. By continuing to live this DNA, Cox Yeats hopes to assure the public of a future as exciting and inspiring as the many years that came before.

Highly Specialised
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 and insolvency; exchange control; international trade and investment; and information and 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 off each other’s different insights, allowing for ‘vibrant cross pollination’ and attention to detail.

Cox Yeats is well respected for its capacity to achieve results. Its successes can be attributed to all the professionals’ real commitment to their clients, an ability to be forward thinking and a genuine desire to achieve their clients’ commercial and strategic objectives. 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.

Employee welfare
The belief that the firm’s greatest asset is its people has enabled Cox Yeats to rise above the prevailing circumstances of recent years. The greatest testament to this approach is in the consistent year on year growth of the firm; from a sole individual in 1964, the firm now boasts an impressive staff compliment of 102 professionals, including Cox Yeats’ 30 partners.

Accordingly, the firm recognises that employee welfare is central to its success and as such significant strides are taken by management to ensure that employees can achieve a work-life balance and are ultimately cared for and supported both in and outside of work. Being part of a firm where every individual is encouraged to reach their potential is one of its most appealing offerings.

This proactive and positive 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. The Cox Yeats attorneys are backed by a very strong professional team and staff turnover is extremely low.

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. Fourteen of their partners have been recognised in the 13th Edition of Best Lawyers® in South Africa, which is a compelling indication of the high calibre of legal professionals who are part of this growing firm.

In addition, Richard Hoal received the Lawyer of the Year accolade (Construction Law). This recognition goes to the nominee earning the highest overall peer feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one lawyer is recognised as the ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for each speciality and location.

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 fourth consecutive year, received the Diamond Arrow Award for the number one 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
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

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