About Us

Our History



The firm's history can be traced back to 1991. Over a period of two decades, we underwent two name changes and a management restructuring before settling on our current identity during 2005. Since then, the firm underwent an extraordinary period of growth, and we are proud of the fact that we employ dozens of attorneys, paralegals and support staff in our offices in Saxonwold, Umhlanga and Durbanville.
Throughout our history we have been committed to diversification and transformation, both in our areas of expertise and our personnel. But through all these changes, one thing has remained constant: Our commitment to quality and cost effective legal representation and advice.

Our Mission



  • To provide high quality legal services and advice to our clients through highly qualified, talented and knowledgeable professionals.
  • Focusing on specific industries within the corporate and commercial environment in order to optimize the quality of our services.
  • To understand the specific needs and objectives of our clients by adopting a hands-on approach.
  • To maintain the highest ethical standards in all our business and work practices.
  • Continually developing and investing in up-to-date technology to meet our clients’ needs in order to ensure continued efficiency.
  • Training and challenging our most important asset – our human capital – in order to provide them with opportunities for self-development and accomplishment.

Our Vision



  • Establishing ourselves as a leading corporate and commercial legal services provider within specialized fields of practice.
  • To innovatively add value and make positive contributions to the business activities of our clients.
  • Continually challenging ourselves to set high standards, and to reach and surpass those standards in all our professional activities.
  • To implement and strengthen a mutually beneficial working relationship with our clients and stakeholders.
  • Maintaining adaptability and flexibility in our approach to the processes required and involved in servicing our clients.
  • To constantly perfect our internal systems in order to best deliver on the objectives and requirements of our clients and the needs of our personnel.

Our EEE


Experience: We service a number of corporate and commercial clients (listed and private) in both our Johannesburg and Umhlanga offices, and believe in following a hands-on approach. Thus, we ensure that one of our directors – who, between them have a combined 137 years of experience in the provision of legal services – directly oversees every one of our departments, whilst always ensuring that our junior professionals are well informed in their particular practice areas.

The firm was awarded, during 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, no less than 15 excellence awards for being elected as one of the big four banks’ best performing attorneys on a variety of different panels, including those for foreclosures, debt review and administration, insolvencies and conveyancing.

Ethics: We subscribe to ethical business practices founded on honesty and integrity. In practice, this entails that we ensure that our personnel are up to date with the latest and best practices to protect our clients’ best interests and to enhance our reputation as a trustworthy law firm with good standing in all spheres of business. This is also evident by the recognition that we have received for exceptional interest contributions by the Law Society of the Northern Provinces and the Attorneys Fidelity Fund over the past years.

Empowerment: As a Level 4 B-BBEE Contributor, we are committed to transformation, employment equity and uplifting previously disadvantaged individuals, and actively promote and encourage cultural, ethnic and religious diversity of our most important asset – our people.

Our BEE


We are proud to be a Level 2 Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Contributor (QSE Codes Gazetted on 6 May 2015).

Through recruitment and continuous skills and human resources development we strive to empower and challenge previously disadvantaged individuals to advance their careers and optimize their potential to make a positive contribution to our firm and society in general.

We are committed to transformation and employment equity, and actively promote and encourage cultural, ethnic and religious diversity.

Our Alliance




Smit Sewgoolam is a proud member of the MSI Global Alliance - a global association of over 250 independent legal and accounting firms in more than 100 countries. Conducting business successfully across international borders not only requires detailed knowledge of local laws, tax systems, regulations and customs, but the experience, skills and resources to support business activities on a global scale. At Smit Sewgoolam we recognise that a diverse range of professional advice is often needed when conducting business overseas. As a member of the MSI Global Alliance, we tap into a global network of member firms with the necessary knowledge and experience in a wide range of disciplines. Together, we provide local expertise and global reach to a wide variety of clients in many different industries.

Contact Us


Tel: 011 646 0006
Fax: 011 646 0016
E-mail: info@smitsew.co.za

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