We are proud of our 150 year history as a leading South African law firm with a reputation for excellence. Our people go further to support our clients, with market-leading legal insight and innovation. And we go further for each other too - working collaboratively with each other and our clients. No matter what the future holds, with us you’ll be one step ahead.
There is no one-size fits all for our exceptional people. Through our collective efforts we ensure that people from all races, genders and religions are equally at home and are able to reach their full potential; but our people are not all about what they do - they have interests well outside of work and colourful career journeys which add to the diversity and richness of our working environment.
Our values guide what we do, so that every action we take makes us stronger and brings us closer to realising our goals. Our seven values shape what we expect of ourselves and each other.
Excellence in all we do
We are committed to excellence in all we do. We expect everyone who works here to have exceptional skills and commercial judgment and to be committed to the highest level of service to our external and internal clients.
Integrity is central to us. We will always maintain the highest ethical standards in conducting our business.
Collaboration & Teamwork
We are committed to collaboration and teamwork. We expect everyone here to put the interests of our clients and the firm ahead of their personal interests.
Transformation & Diversity
We are committed to transformation and diversity. We aim to create an environment where all our partners and employees feel at home.
We will treat everyone we deal with internally and externally with respect.
We aim to attract and employ the best people at every level, and to develop and retain them.
We expect effective leadership at all levels.
Open and Creative mind
We encourage an open and creative mindset.
If these values resonate with you, then Webber Wentzel is the right choice for you.
Our People Value Proposition (PVP)
We offer a compelling value proposition for our people. We aim to attract and retain the very best people who are engaged and optimistic about the future and invested in the growth of the firm, our clients and our people. We offer market related remuneration and best in class benefits. Just as importantly, we provide exceptional opportunities for growth and learning through exposure to top quality work for top quality clients and international exposure through our alliances and networks. We insist on a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone can realise their full potential, and we allow our people the opportunity to make a real difference. While we are a results driven firm committed to excellence, we are also committed to the well-being of our people.
A Global Outlook
We're in business to meet the complex needs of the world’s leading organisations. Our clients are increasingly expanding and globalising their businesses. Our collaborative alliance with Linklaters gives us global reach and our deep relationships with outstanding law firms across Africa provide our clients with the best expertise wherever they do business. If you're a globally-minded person who's passionate about problem-solving, then Webber Wentzel is the right choice for you.
Serving & Investing in Community
We are deeply committed to serving communities and helping wherever we can. We serve our communities in a number of ways. We have a dedicated pro bono team whose mandate is to provide free legal services to poor and/or vulnerable members of the public. We are committed to promoting access to justice for all South Africans, upholding the Constitution and protecting the rule of law. In our most recent financial year, our firm spent 17,318 hours on pro bono related matters, valued at approximately ZAR 49.7 million.
We also support a number of Corporate Social Investment initiatives focused on education. Through the Webber Wentzel Empowerment Trust we provide financial assistance, mentorship and life skills to support black South Africans seeking to enter the legal community. This initiative is a key means of ensuring transformation in the sector.
If you're a person who values serving and investing in the South African community, then Webber Wentzel is the right choice for you.
Committed to Transformation, Diversity & Inclusivity
We strive to nurture a working environment where difference is valued. In our experience, diverse teams find better, more creative and more robust solutions. To achieve an inclusive culture is to fully embrace diversity of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and disability.
To achieve a transformed, diverse and inclusive environment we have embarked upon a number of initiatives. We focus on:
- Awareness training and campaigns around understanding the value of difference;
- Building diversity goals into annual objectives and measuring progress;
- Linking diversity results and competencies to rewards and recognition;
- Fostering equal opportunities and treatment in relation to promotion and remuneration;
- Instilling a consistent process to address intolerance and inequities;
- Developing programmes to attract, engage, develop and retain diverse talent e.g. mentorship, implementation of the firm's talent framework, career conversations;
- Promoting transformation through preferential procurement policies and appropriate Corporate Social Investment strategies;
- Supporting and promoting enterprise development; and
- Providing further credibility to diversity by reflecting this in the composition of the board and senior leadership.
If you're a person who values transformation, diversity and inclusivity, then Webber Wentzel is the right choice for you.
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