We measure our success by the results we achieve for our clients

Clients are at the heart of our firm, we are ready to tackle their most complex legal challenges.

Progressive practice

Deep legal expertise, advanced technologies and adaptive resourcing delivers agile, cost-effective and transparent solutions customised for specific client needs.


Globally minded

Tabacks offers expert, forward-thinking legal counsel to clients in South Africa and across the globe. Our extensive knowledge spans a range of industry sectors, and we are committed to providing the highest quality legal advice to our clients in the corporate, mining and industrial.

Our story

Tabacks was started by Lourens van Staden, Mervyn Taback and Rupert Smith, when they decided to break away from Deneys Reitz (with Elize Serfontein and Catharine Keene also from Deneys Reitz joining them a few months later).

The intention was to start a boutique law firm, primarily focused on Corporate and Commercial work, competing with the bigger law firms. The focus has always been on competence and providing clients with quality work at reasonable prices. Tabacks has always been, and continues to be a competitor to be reckoned with in the delivery of excellent legal services.

The firm was built on 3 principles:

  • Client relations — committed to clients by providing reliable services;

  • Transparency — developing honest, long lasting relationships with clients; and

  • Business — developing a business that is not focused on money, recognising that legal purchase is a grudge purchase for many clients and being fair with clients in respect of fees. Valuing relationships over fees.

Our culture

As the years have passed, Tabacks has grown from a three partner boutique law firm to a super boutique law firm with an expansion of its service offering to include Banking and Finance, Competition, Employment, Environmental Health and Safety, Media and Entertainment, Mining, Tax Law and Commercial Litigation.


Tabacks has always been a place where people feel comfortable to speak about difficult topics or issues.

Although Tabacks has grown in size and skill, the firm has maintained it’s ability to provide excellent services to its clients, to stand out in the legal fraternity and maintain its relationships with clients, colleagues and peers.