Webster's Legal Brief Profile

Websters’ Legal, was established in South Africa in 2006 by Philip Webster as an International pan –African focused boutique corporate and commercial law consulting practice.
Websters’ Legal collaborates with the reputed blue-chip US international firm GT-Greenberg Traurig.

Philip Webster, the Chief Executive Officer of Websters’ Legal, qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales, in England in 1987 (now referred to as the ‘Senior Courts of England & Wales’).  He has  practiced as a specialist corporate finance and commercial  lawyer,  within the corporate finance departments of  leading ‘blue chip’ legal firms such as Norton Rose (London-England) (now Norton Rose Fulbright), White & Case (USA),  LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae (USA) (*later Dewey & Leboeuf before ceasing to operate),  Fasken Martineau DuMoulin (Canada) and  and within  legal departments as In-House Counsel to leading banks such as  Natwest Securities Limited ( London-England) and Société Générale S.A., and  Société Générale Energie S.A.  (Paris- France).

Websters’ Legal, operates in South Africa as a pan-African focused corporate and commercial International boutique law firm practising English law.

 Advice provided over the years to the African Development Bank, the Development Bank of Southern Africa Limited, BNP, Barclays, ABSA Bank Limited, Investec, Nova Capital Partners, Deutsche Bank, HSBC Investment Services (Africa) (Proprietary) Limited, HSBC Equator Bank Privatization, JP Morgan, Morgan Grenfell, the Standard Bank of South Africa Limited and Standard Chartered Bank Zambia PLC, as well as the IFC and the World Bank, notably the privatisation unit responsible for Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Professional Experience:

Websters’ Legal: January 2006 – Present. CEO and Controlling Shareholder.

  • Specialising in general corporate and capital markets law, Insurance, corporate investment, energy, utilities e.g. aviation/ telecommunication/water/electricity, financial and legal aspects of non- recourse project finance, mining, privatisation related matters and lobbying.

Fasken, Martineau, DuMoulin,: July 2004 – December 2005 – Director-Partner

  • Specialising in corporate, project finance, mining and privatisation related matters.

Dewey, LeBoeuf, January 2001 – July 2004 – Partner

  • Specialising in project finance, aviation, energy, privatisation and corporate finance matters.

White & Case, 1997 – 2001 – Senior Solicitor

  • Responsible for privatisation, regulatory and corporate and project finance.

Legal Counsel, Equities Division of Natwest Securities Limited, 1996 – 1997

  • Specialised in the area of oil and gas sales and energy linked derivative sales contracts.

Legal Counsel, Société Générale Energie S.A., Paris, 1993 – 1996

  • Specialised in the area of oil and gas sales and energy linked derivative sales contracts.

Norton Rose, 1987 – 1993

  • Senior Solicitor in the London office of the Commercial Property, Banking and Capital Markets Group of Norton Rose, a leading City of London firm,  specialising in the area of international infrastructure transactions as well as in project finance, commercial property and property finance and venture capital and capital markets related transactions.
























Institut Européen des Hautes Études Internationales (European Institute of Advanced International Studies), Post graduate (M. Phil .equivalent) University of Nice, France. 1984-85

Post graduate (“Trosieme cycle”) Diploma (“DEA”) in Law and International Relations (M.Phil.equivalent).1983-84

Masters in European Law, Leeds Business School, England and Nice University, France. 1982-83

Law Society Final Exams, College of Law, England. 1981-82

Law LL.B.  (Honours 2:1), Leeds University, England. 1978-81

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