Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa welcomes new CEO

3rd August 2023

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa welcomes new CEO

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (NRFSA), a leading legal services provider, is thrilled to announce the appointment of its Disputes Practice Group Leader, Brent Botha as the firm's new Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 October 2023. 

Brent brings a wealth of experience and expertise in corporate and commercial litigation law, having earned a distinguished reputation for his exceptional legal counsel and strategic insights, regularly ranked by Who’s Who Legal as a leading Commercial Litigation Lawyer. His outstanding leadership and strategic litigation counsel has earned him great respect from peers and clients alike. With this significant leadership change, we cement our position as a leader in the legal services profession, celebrating high calibre non-executive and executive leadership in the persons of our Chair and CEO.

Brent will continue to foster a more diverse and equitable legal profession, within the organisation, and more broadly; since he doesn’t subscribe to the idea that the profession should be unattractive to young parents – as a parent of two young children himself. He embodies the core values of the firm and will play a pivotal role in guiding NRFSA towards continued success and growth.

"I am deeply honoured and excited to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer at NRFSA," said Botha. "I am committed to upholding our firm's longstanding tradition of excellence and I am dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Together, we will work tirelessly to deliver unparalleled legal services to our clients while fostering an inclusive environment where every member of our team can thrive."

Andrew Robinson, the outgoing CEO, has been an invaluable member of the firm for over 30 years; his contribution to Norton Rose Fulbright both in South Africa and globally has been exceptional, and we thank him for his guidance over the last few years.  Andrew will continue to provide his support to Brent and the executive of the firm. Whilst he was the CEO he remained in practice and has now opted to focus his full attention on his clients.