Norton Rose South Africa hires local Cape Town store manager

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa has secured its latest side hire as it continues its aggressive national recruitment drive.

The firm has won over Labor Law Partner Tapiwa Gandidze, who joins the firm’s Cape Town office on July 1 from South African law firm Cheadle Thompson & Haysom where she has spent the past 17 years and was Cape Town Managing Partner for seven years.

With the appointment of Gandidze, Norton Rose is on track with its national lateral hiring campaign, which began last August and expands the firm’s talent pool across the firm and supports its succession strategy, Brent Botha, a partner and local executive member of Norton Rose’s committee, said in an interview.

“We have made some very good appointments and will continue to hire talent as we identify suitable candidates,” he said.

In recent months, the firm’s lateral hires include a corporate mergers and acquisitions team from local boutique firm Glyn Marais, a partner from Baker McKenzie and a duo of partners from CDH and Cox Yeats Attorneys. Many company hires have come to Cape Town

Gandidze said an added bonus to the move was that a former colleague, her partner Jason Whyte, who she worked with for over a decade at CTH, left to join Norton Rose a few years ago.

Last month, Norton Rose South Africa appointed Michelle David as its new president to help lead the local operation of 155 lawyers. She replaced Andrew Robinson, who was elected CEO of the company in South Africa the previous month following the retirement of Marelise van der Westhuizen due to health issues.

Norton Rose is one of the top 10 law firms in South Africa by number of lawyers, according to International and Africa Legal rankings.

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