About us

Our History

Smit Sewgoolam Incorporated has a rich and proud history. Since the firm’s establishment, we have branched out, amalgamated, went through a name change and eventually settled on our current identity on 1 February 2005. During this time, Smit Sewgoolam has established itself as a trustworthy and respected law firm within corporate South Africa, working closely with its clients and stakeholders in order to achieve optimal results, whilst always employing a pragmatic approach to ensure sustainable development and growth of its human resources.

Experience has shown us that having an open and transparent relationship with clients gives us the peace of mind and freedom to focus on our main objective: delivering high quality legal services and advice.

With a strong professional staff complement comprising of 8 directors and a number of young professionals, ably assisted by a large support staff, we have the confidence, experience and expertise to advise and assist our clients in all our specialized areas of practice.

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.


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 2 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.


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.

BEE Certificate

Innovatively adding value to make positive contributions

Attention to detail has never been negotiable when it comes to servicing our clients.

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