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Stephenson Harwood has signed an association with respected South African banking firm Routledge-Modise, boosting the work of its London-based sub-Saharan group.
The 23-lawyer Johannesburg-based firm had been a member of Commercial Lawyer Affiliates, an international network of medium-sized firms, but decided that it needed a closer relationship with a single firm.
Routledge-Modise litigation partner Clive Rumsey said that the UK was still South Africa's main trading partner and that a strong business relationship existed between the two countries.
Routledge-Modise was formed at the start of September after Routledges - a white 20-lawyer firm - merged with black, four-lawyer labour law practice Mlambo & Modise. Name partner Lavery Modise and two assistants joined Routledges while the other name partner Dunston Mlambo left to become a labour court judge.
Mlambo & Modise had been associated with Routledges for eight months before merging - a strategy adopted by a number of white South African firms to gain access to the increasing number of government and corporate contracts that require black lawyers work on the deal.