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Who We Are

We are a dynamic law firm offering a specialised array of legal solutions. We provide a high-quality service that meets the diverse needs of our large and varied client base.

Smit Jones and Pratt Inc is a group of professionals with different talents and approaches to the law. We, however, also possess striking similarities, starting with the ability to see creative solutions others might miss. Our attorneys are not satisfied until they have met the highest possible standards of legal service. In every area of the law, we focus on achieving cost-effective solutions that benefit you and your business.

Many of our attorneys possess broad practical knowledge gained from years of experience in legal practice. Experience and practical knowledge are key to finding the perfect solutions to each and every problem faced by our clients. Our firm has the necessary size, credibility, and infrastructure to effectively handle a wide range of legal issues, no matter how complex or large.

The firm has been operational since 1984 and employs over 70 people. Smit Jones & Pratt is recognized as a B-BBEE level 2 contributor and has firmly committed itself to realize South Africa’s dream of equality in the workplace and indeed the nation.

Our Vision

Smit Jones & Pratt is a law firm that redefines the relationships that attorneys have with their clients. We offer our clients the full scope of our extensive legal resources and enable them to operate their businesses in the most cost-effective and efficient manner.

We see ourselves as your legal facilitator, allowing your company to have permanent access to their own comprehensive legal team, but only when it is required.

Smit Jones & Pratt also places a premium on developing a law firm that is aligned with the representation of South Africa as a whole. We are acutely aware of the role that attorneys and law firms can play in truly progressing South Africa and all South Africans.

Our Values

Integrity, Commitment, and Reliability are the values on which Smit Jones & Pratt has been built. Ultimately the firm operates as an instrument of the law and upholds the sanctity of the law above all else.

Our client relations are focused around the commitment to providing impeccably well-informed legal opinions. With the nature of commerce, media, and the law today, our clients need to be able to rest assured that any instruction handed to Smit Jones & Pratt will be handled with the utmost respect for the law, commitment to pursue the best possible outcome, and the peace of mind that all their legal issues will be dealt with by attorneys of the highest quality.

Approach

We strive continuously to:

National Footprint

We have longstanding relationships with key firms in all major cities of South Africa with whom we have worked for many years and from whom we expect excellent service at all times. We are capable of servicing any area within the borders of South Africa to the full extent of what our clients may require.

Our History

We have a proven track record for over 36 years. The partnership of SJP originated in 1984 and has, since then, serviced the needs of an ever growing client base.

In order to provide the best possible level of service to our client base, the firm has evolved and grown over the past three decades. Today we consist of five partners, a consultant, four professional assistants and six candidate attorneys. We have a total staff complement of eighty eight and we proudly regard ourselves as being among South Africa’s premier medium sized law firms. We have achieved this goal through sustained investment in infrastructure, information technology, skills development and the management of these areas. We have created a working culture that enables our staff to offer consistently high standards of client service.

Our reputation rests upon the exceptional talents of our attorneys and their dedication to meeting our clients’ needs. Our diverse law practice provides a comprehensive range of legal services to individuals and virtually all areas of business and industry. Most of all we enjoy what we do and care very much about the business and the personal well-being of those to whom we provide service.

We advise individuals, financial institutions, commercial enterprises and regulatory bodies on complex and critical legal issues. Our aim is to provide consistently high quality advice that combines technical expertise, as well as an understanding of the environment in which our clients operate.

Quality legal solutions are essential for a successful business. Our goal is to provide the best legal solutions available at a reasonable and fair cost to our clients. We are proud of the high legal and ethical standards that are embedded in our firm and the tradition of excellence which we strive to maintain.

Good legal solutions come from good people. A firm is known by its attorneys. Although we invite the best qualified attorneys to practice in our firm, technical competence is only part of what makes a good attorney and a quality law firm. Greatness requires depth, perspective and service to others.

Our commitment to transformation and the need to redress the inequities of the past has been translated into practice. The firm has developed a transformation plan aimed at making it a truly South African law firm.