Legal half year market update

Accounting and finance half year market update

South Africa continues to prove a cost-effective base for companies with an international interest, whilst offering lawyers a great lifestyle and regional workflow.

Download a copy of the full Half Year Market Update for South Africa here.



Private practice

Across Q1 and Q2, Private Practice was particularly active in the Mergers & Acquisitions field and saw a rise in transactional roles in general.

Despite a sluggish South African economy, certain practice areas were bolstered by an increase in confidence, specifically Corporate, Banking and Finance and Projects (Infrastructure and Energy). The first half of the year also saw an uptick in Employment Law roles.

Both international and regional law firms were actively recruiting across all levels of seniority; Associate, Senior Associate and Partner levels.


The in-house legal market continued to strengthen during the first half of 2019. Along with the Middle East, South Africa remains a key market within the MEA region. With companies looking to bolster their legal support services for both South Africa and the region in general, in-house roles within South Africa, which provides support across the entire region, have become more prominent.

As the market matures, companies are seeing the importance and cost-saving benefits of having an internal legal team, supporting various business units and mitigating risk factors from within. Mid to senior South African qualified Attorneys with regional experience are in high demand.

Sectors in which the legal team have made placements during the first half of the year include, FMCG, Mining, Energy and Power generation, Technology and Software, Property, and Financial Services and Taxation.

Download a copy of the full Half Year Market Update for South Africa here.

To discuss these trends further, please contact Nicolas Rainier, Manager at Robert Walters South Africa, on +27 (0)11 881 2417 or

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