The Phatshoane Henney Group is South Africa’s largest legal network, currently comprising nearly 50 top small and medium-sized law firms in South Africa, with nearly 70 offices in 9 Provinces and over 500 professionals in the group.
The group was founded in 2006 by Bloemfontein law firm Phatshoane Henney Attorneys in response to an identified need of smaller law firms to access valuable support services, unavailable or inaccessible to a standard law firm. For more information on Phatshoane Henney Attorneys, visit www.phinc.co.za.
Member firms of the Group form part of an established legal network attuned to the needs of South African law firms. Through membership, firms gain access to support, expertise, shared resources and economies of scale, but without sacrificing their individual identity or independence. Such benefits together with leadership and valuable mentorship by Phatshoane Henney Attorneys, allow member firms to viably address the challenges that law firms face today.
Group members further pool their resources and expertise to foster a national service directory and network of firms and professionals that can assist clients across South Africa, in addition to providing opportunities for candidate attorneys and professionals to work at firms in most major centres. Strong relationships and referral networks are naturally fomented between member firms, providing additional benefit to member firms.
The Group brand is a complimentary brand to that of member firms and strengthens each firm’s brand by referencing the values and quality elements that underpin Group membership. The Group brand and network has continued to evolve since its establishment and has obtained recognition as a leading brand in the legal profession, increasing publicity for all member firms through their association with the Group brand.
To increase the differentiation and recognition of member firms, the Group has undertaken a multi-year campaign to position each member as a new breed of law firm. Founded on the Group values of caring, innovation, expertise, standards and diversity, the campaign requires each firm to adopt these values and implement best practices to give effect thereto. Group standards provide the basis for annual monitoring of implementation progress, and firms are supported and empowered through appointed Group regional directors who oversee progress and assist firms at board level with guidance and strategic support, ensuring vital knowledge transfer and mentorship within all firms.
The Group addresses the strategic need of small and medium sized firms to transform, increase their firm visibility and differentiation, access valuable support services, enhance negotiating power, leverage cost reductions and position themselves strategically for growth.
The Group without doubt sets a clear standard for the operation of mid-sized law firms, establishing effective management practices for member firms, guiding transformation, supporting regulatory compliance, and encouraging member firms to at all times be value-adding corporate citizens of South Africa in order to be recognised as a new breed of law firm.