Leaders Directory

WIPR Leaders is a one-stop guide to the leading IP practitioners in the world. The handbook lists over 1,700 lawyers across patent, trademark, and copyright practices. Stemming from a four month nomination period in which we sought views from 12,000 IP professionals, our research team vetted every nominated lawyer for suitability by exploring their work. This meant looking at practice history, industry expertise and notable cases, as well as any additional activities, such as writing and teaching responsibilities, which have allowed the lawyers to shape and influence other and future IP practitioners.

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Bilkis Daby

Bilkis Daby

Bilkis Daby is a partner in the trademarks department, holding an LLB degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. A qualified…

Darren Olivier

Darren Olivier

Darren Olivier is an experienced IP advisor with over 20 years’ experience gained in local and international law firms as well…

Gérard du Plessis

Gérard du Plessis

Gérard is a senior partner in the trade mark litigation department of Adams & Adams, he has served as Chairman of the firm from…

Jenny Pienaar

Jenny Pienaar

Jenny Pienaar is a partner in the Adams & Adams trademark department. Her areas of practice include trademark litigation, domain…

Kelly Thompson

Kelly Thompson

Kelly Thompson has just recently been appointed the Chairperson of Adams & Adams. Prior to this she also served as Chairperson…

Mariëtte du Plessis

Mariëtte du Plessis

Mariëtte du Plessis is currently a senior partner in the trademark litigation section of the trademarks department. She has been…

Nishan Singh

Nishan Singh

Nishan Singh is a qualified attorney and trademark practitioner, who has been a partner of the firm since March 2012. He advises…

Nishi Chetty

Nishi Chetty

Nishi Chetty is a partner at Adams & Adams since the year 2005. She qualified as a trademark practitioner in 2002 and was the…

Nolo Khechane

Nolo Khechane

Nolo Khechane is a partner in the prosecution section of the trademarks department. He was admitted as an attorney in 2003. He…

Nolwazi Gcaba

Nolwazi Gcaba

Nolwazi Gcaba has over 20 years’ post qualification experience in the field of trademark law. She has in the past focused in…

Samantha Copeling

Samantha Copeling

Samantha Copeling is a partner in Adams & Adams’ trademark department. She practises in the trademark prosecution department…

Simon Brown

Simon Brown

Simon Brown is a senior partner of the firm and has served as co-chairperson of the trade mark prosecution section for a number…

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