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Infrastructure, Natural Resources, Technology


SPECIALIST LAW FIRM

ABOUT US


Specialist legal advice

Advising from conception to project completion

Tailored legal solutions

Projects delivered on time

Projects completed within client’s budget

Proactive legal strategies

Project risk management

Experience in cross border transactions

Award-wining lawyers

Black female owned and managed

Leveraging technology to provide efficient services



We are a specialist commercial law firm, female-owned and led, providing advice on the strategic delivery of infrastructure and natural resources projects.

We act for employers, contractors, subcontractors, project managers, banks, project companies and mining companies, both locally and internationally.

Our team is able to advise on all aspects of project delivery, across various sectors and jurisdictions in Africa and abroad. Our services include pre-contract and post-contract services, as well as claims and disputes.

We aim to partner with our clients, providing practical legal solutions that are tailored for the project, from its conception through to execution and completion.

OUR SERVICES


Construction and Engineering

Corporate and Commercial

Dispute Resolution

Employment

Procurement

Project Finance

Property

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

OUR SECTORS

INFRASTRUCTURE

MINING

ENERGY

OIL & GAS

PROPERTY

TECHNOLOGY

100%

Black-female owned

16

Number of nominations, awards and accolades held

35+

Countries advised in

5000+

Projects and deals advised on



THE FOUNDER

Zama Ngcobo

LLB, LLM (Business Law)


WMN Attorneys Inc was founded by South African-qualified construction law and dispute resolution specialist, Zama Ngcobo. Zama began her career at Africa’s largest law firm and has over a decade’s experience advising on large, complex infrastructure and natural resources projects across Africa and beyond.


Thought Leader

Advisory Board Member

Construction Law Lecturer

International Speaker & Panellist

Member of the Society of Construction Law for Africa

African Legal Awards Partner of the Year 2022 Finalist

Veuve Clicquot Bold Future Award 2023 Winner

Featured in the Mining Elites of Africa 2023 Yearbook

Nominated for a game changers, pioneers, young achievers Justitia Award, presented by the Women in Law Initiative in Austria.


“At a young age, Zama has managed to break barriers in fields that are predominantly male. She has established herself as an industry leader amongst her peers and seasoned lawyers and jurists; and is very well respected amongst her peers as well as her seniors.” - Mining Review Africa (2023)


“Her belief that South Africans are some of the most friendliest, most creative, resourceful and resilient people one would ever come across is clearly reflected in her own life and success.”

Spotlight on Women in the Built Environment

SACPCMP Magazine (2023)

The Firm and its practitioners have recieved the following recognition in the market:

"The firm’s presence was certainly felt at some high level awards in 2022, being shortlisted for five African Legal Awards, including African Law Firm of the Year (Small Practice), and shortlisted for four WOZA Africa Women in Law Awards where the firm was runner up in the category of Best South African Law Firm (with five women lawyers or less).” - Africa Legal (2023)



WMN Attorneys Inc. is a proud supporter of Ubuntu NPO and Dare to Change NPC.



NEWS

WMN HOLDING THEIR OWN IN A MALE-DOMINATED SECTOR

Three years after opening their doors, WMN Attorneys, a South African-based specialist law firm, has made a name for itself in the infrastructure and natural resources sectors across Africa, advising on multiple major projects. Zama Ngcobo told Africa Legal about their future plans

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AUDACIOUS, BOLD, COURAGEOUS WOMEN

For nearly 50 years since Madame Clicquot took the reins of the maison, the House of Veuve Clicquot has honoured BOLD entrepreneurial women who have built, taken on, or developed a business. It is this audacious spirit of courage and tenacity that inspired the

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A focus on the construction industry

In this edition of The Legal Industry Reviews we interviewed Zama Ngcobo, founder of WMN Attorneys. known for its impact on South Africa's construction and energy sectors. Focused on empowering women in law, the firm navigates challenges like cross-

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2023 Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award Winners

South Africa celebrates the 2023 Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award winners, Claire Blanckenberg and Zama Ngcobo, for their entrepreneurial excellence. In a highly anticipated event held at The Forum, in Johannesburg on 19 July, Claire Blanckenberg

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Meet The 2023 Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award Finalists

Veuve Clicquot has selected 6 entrepreneurial women as finalists for the annual Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award in South Africa. For over 50 years, true to the heritage of its trailblazing leader, Madame Clicquot, the Bold programme has highlighted and empowered

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Sippin’ the Clicquot, rockin’ the boss ladies

The winner of the 2023 Bold Future Award, Zama Ngcobo, established her law firm WMN Attorneys in January 2021 and now has 12 people on board. The company’s name is an acronym combining the first letter of the word.

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Loving Law & Going Far

South African women working in the Built Environment are making their mark on the international arena! Recently, Zama Ngcobo, a South African-qualified construction lawyer, was appointed to the Board of the International Building Quality Centre (IBQC),

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South Africa’s 2023 Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award Winners & Finalists

In a highly anticipated event held at The Forum in Johannesburg on 19 July, Claire Blanckenberg and Zama Ngcobo were lauded as the winners….

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Increased opportunity drives expansion

WMN Attorneys, a boutique commercial law firm, recently opened an office in Durban, South Africa, where their newly appointed Dispute Resolution and Employment law team will be primarily based.

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Attorneys on the rise

WMN Attorneys Inc believes in uplifting their lawyers, and recently celebrated promoting two associates to senior associate level, and promoting their first candidate attorney to associate level.

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Leveraging previous experience

WMN Attorneys is excited about one of their current high-profile projects, advising African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) on the Merensky Concentrator Plant Project, and shared some insights around the work involved

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Mining elites in Africa 2023 projects and leaders making a difference

The new Merensky Concentrator Plant Project mine development comprises underground mining operations with associated waste dumps and ore stockpile, a processing plant, tailings management facilities and supporting

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Two years of WMN striding ahead

Although South African-based WMN Attorneys Inc is still a relative newcomer to the fold, they have already made a name for themselves in the legal industry, and celebrated the firm’s second birthday looking back at...

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Fighting for vulnerable laborers

Kgomotso Mokoena is a labor law lecturer and attorney also focused on constitutional, media and intellectual property laws, with a particular interest in the gig economy. Born to parents in exile in Atlanta, United States...

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INSIGHTS

Quick dispute resolutions favour all parties

South Africa’s multi-billion-dollar construction industry plays a critical role in the economy, job creation and enabling business. Tamlynn Caelers-Avis spoke to Craig Sisterson about the industry’s use of ADR to keep things moving.


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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE LAZY LAWYER

Artificial Intelligence, commonly known as AI, is a trending topic of discussion. The conversations surrounding AI range from its benefits to its potential for misuse to its inherent weaknesses. WMN Inc. previously issued an article about the positive uses of AI....

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Ever heard of the Global Infrastructure Anti-Corruption Centre?

In a world with a multifaceted complex of industries and sectors, a greater focus tends toward economic development by opening new markets and revitalizing existing ones. Unfortunately, in this milieu, the rule of law and ethical standards and enforcement of good....

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The impact of immigration law amendments by African countries

Nations across Africa are increasingly realising the critical importance of dismantling barriers that have long hindered intra continental interactions. From the removal of troublesome trade tariffs within sub-regions to the elimination of visa restrictions entirely....

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The Public Procurement Bill

Almost a decade in the making, on 22 May 2023, the Public Procurement Bill (“2023 Bill”), has now been introduced to parliament.  The Bill aims to create a single, coherent regularity framework for public procurement and eliminate fragmentation in laws that deal with procurement in the public sector.

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The impact of artificial intelligence on generating automated standard form construction contracts: A Step in the right direction?

Artificial intelligence (“AI”) is the ability of machines to perform tasks that are typically associated with human intelligence, such as learning and problem-solving. AI has many

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The current legal position on demands for payment under construction guarantees

In terms of most standard-form contracts, the contractors are required to furnish guarantees for the benefit of the employer in the event...

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Employment Equity Amendment Act 2023: "Transformation Targeting Or Quotas"

The Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 (EEA Act) was first introduced in South Africa in 1998 to give effect to section 23 of the Bill of Rights...

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Privity of Contract in Construction Contracts

The case of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems South Africa (Pty) v Murray and Roberts Ltd and Another [2020] ZASCA 110 (29 September 2020). ...

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When boilerplate clauses hinder rather than assist a party

While no contract is ever the same, certain clauses are generally agreed upon to include in the contract (especially when a lawyer is the individual responsible for drafting

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Lack of Application and Implementation of Contract Participation Goals

In South Africa, the construction industry is a major contributor to the economy and plays a significant role in infrastructural development. The government has established CPGs..

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Out with the old, in with the new : Amendments to the CCMA Rules 2023

The long-awaited amendments to the Rules for the Conduct of Proceedings (Rules) before the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) came into effect on 24 April 2023.

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The rise of LGBTQIA+ rights in South African law

Every June the world celebrates Pride Month which is meant to celebrate and commemorate the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or questioning), intersex, asexual, and others’ rights.

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CONTACT US


JOHANNESBURG

info@wmnattorneys.com

Landline: +27 (0) 10 300 0928

DURBAN

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Landline: +27 (0) 31 028 0089

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