Clyde & Co has grown its presence in South Africa through the hiring of five partners across its Johannesburg and Cape Town offices, including two partners from Norton Rose Fulbright.

The hires widen Clydes’ African offering to construction and commercial disputes, following the firm’s May 2014 launch in South Africa with a focus on insurance and marine disputes.

Of the five new partners, two join from Norton Rose Fulbright. The firm lost three South African banking partners to former DLA Piper ally Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr last week.

Partners Tony Hardie, Amelia Costa, Rovert Scott and Alon Meyerov will join the firm’s Johannesburg office while Athol Gordon will be based in Cape Town.

Clyde & Co senior partner James Burns said: “The Clyde & Co approach to opening in target markets is to find a first class team in one of our core sectors and to then build out from there in line with our clients’ needs.

“With this latest growth, which comes less than 18 months after launch, we are now into the second phase.”

Costa and Hardie both join Clydes from Norton Rose Fulbright. Insurance specialist Costa works on a number of issues including disputes, defence work and regulatory and compliance work.

Hardie was previously head of insurance at Norton Rose Fulbright where he specialised in disputes, regulatory and investigation work. His background also includes general insurance coverage and litigation within South Africa.

Meyerov and Scott join from ENSafrica. Meyrov’s background is in litigation, arbitration and disputes resolution within the construction and engineering sector. His work has involved litigation surrounding mines, wind farms and infrastructure development. Scott also has experience in dealing with arbitration and mediation disputes across large-scale construction and infrastructure projects.

Gordon is the only partner to join Clydes’ Cape Town office. The former Bowman Gilfillan partner specialises in medical malpractice claims as well as undertaking commercial litigation for international oil and gas companies.

The partners are also joined by a team of five associates. Christopher MacRoberts and Ina Iyer join from Norton Rose Fulbright while Kate Swart and Nicole Gabryk join from ENSafrica. Associate Jo Spies moved from Linklaters’ local ally Webber Wenztel.

Earlier this month Clydes also picked up corporate insurance partner Ernie Van Der Vyver from Webber Wentzel. Van Der Vyver rejoined his former colleagues from after Clydes raided Webber Wentzel in order to launch its South Africa offices last year. The firm took five partners from the African firm including insurance and liability head Daniel Le Roux.