Dentons boosts Johannesburg TMT offering

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A partner who has run her own law firm for the last three years has joined Dentons in South Africa, enhancing the firm’s technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) capabilities.

Dentons has added digital and media law partner Diana Schwartz in Johannesburg, bringing 16 years’ experience advising national and international clients. Schwartz has led her own law firm for the last three years, specialising in media, data protection and privacy, labour and commercial law as well as litigation, human and child rights, harassment and gender-related violence matters.

She also makes frequent appearances discussing social media legal matters on television and radio, and at seminars. Schwartz has a particular passion for child and human rights, frequently advocating for the education and safety of children online, as well as human trafficking matters.

Explaining her move, Schwartz said: “I feel confident that we will have even more to offer clients because of the exceptional depth of Dentons globally,” describing the move as “energising” and “surprisingly easy”.

Prior to running her own law practice, Schwartz spent two separate stints at Johannesburg law firm Phukubje Pierce Masithela Attorneys. She first joined in 2009, leaving after two years as an associate to run her own business for a year and then working as a self-employed solicitor for two years.


She rejoined Phukubje Pierce as a senior associate in 2015, rising to partner after two years and leaving as an associate director in 2018. One of Schwartz’s first legal roles was at Moodie and Robertson Attorneys, a four-year spell.

Other recent Johannesburg hires include DLA Piper’s recruitment of financial services and derivatives lawyer Bridget King from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr in March, as well as Bowmans’ hire of a tax lawyer from ENSafrica, this month.

An alliance was formed between South African law firm Webber Wentzel and Mozambican firm Avillez Bacar Centeio & Cambule in June.



This article by Sandy Bhadare was originally published by African Law and Business

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