Clyde beefs up South African insurance practice

The firm has taken a small team from Hogan Lovells to shore up its South African insurance practice.

Johannesburg, South Africa. Felix Lipov

Global law firm Clyde & Co has turned to Hogan Lovells for its latest hires in South Africa. The firm has appointed Johannesburg duo  Deon Francis and Reshana Pillay as partners in its insurance practice in South Africa.The two bring a string of additional hires, including associates Tarryn Venter and Esilhle Kobese, also from Hogan Lovells, associate Christopher Webster from Andrew Miller & Associates, and consultant Lisa Baird from Excappa Consulting Services.    

Self-standing practices  

The two built self-standing practices in Hogan Lovell's insurance group, with Mr Francis having headed up its insurance team in South Africa since 2014. The two lawyers have worked together for 13 years within the South African insurance market. Their practices encompass non-contentious policy wordings development and advice as well as a broad range of professional indemnity, general liability and medical malpractice defence litigation work. Their client group comprises specialist South African market and international insurers. 

Insurance specialists

Tony Hardie, managing partner at Clyde & Co in South Africa, comments:  'We're delighted to have respected specialists such Deon and Reshana joining the firm, both of whom are leading insurance lawyers in South Africa. Clients in the insurance sector are continually looking for better ways to resolve disputes and having them on board will further strengthen our insurance capacity and representation in the market. With this latest expansion, we are confirming our position as the only specialist insurance law firm in South Africa.' With the new additions, Clyde & Co now have 16 partners and a total of 40 experienced lawyers across its two offices.

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