Over 130 years of legal experience has brought our highly qualified team into the modern realm of thought leadership, inclusivity and transformation, with a firm commitment to adding value to our clients, partners and staff.

Our Story

RW Attorneys owes its establishment to Edward Rooth who hailed from the Cape Colony and journeyed to the Transvaal as a young man with his father when the latter, a land surveyor, was instructed by the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek to survey and plan the town of Middelburg, Mpumalanga. Rooth established an attorneys’ practice in the Cape on 1 November 1887, but was attracted by the allure of the North. He therefore availed of the first opportunity to establish an office in Pretoria.

In March 2023, Faathima Asmall (Managing Director) handed over all historical documents and photos from the long history of the firm to Die Erfenisstigting at the Voortrekker Monument, for safe keeping as part of their historical collection. These documents and photographs can be viewed by the public by contacting Die Erfenisstigting directly on +27 12 326 6770.

Our 6 Pillars of Excellence


Our approach is to partner with our clients and build long-standing relationships based on trust and value.


Our 130+ years of experience has enabled us to offer sustainable expertise, guidance and leadership.


We are a driver for inclusivity, transition and empowerment, as we leverage our rich tradition and innovation.

Thought Leader

We are not merely interested in rendering a range of legal services, but contribute leadership to our industry.


Continued learning and skills development is core to the spirit at RW Attorneys at all levels of our organisation.


We have developed a large network of professionals that we leverage when specialised cases require it.

Our Team

Faathima Asmall

Managing Director

Nelson Tjiane


Louis Botha


Liam Groome


Boney Cronje


Alsa van Aswegen

Senior Associate

BBBEE Status and Commitment

RW Attorneys complies fully with the requirements of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act. The firm is a level one contributor with 100% black female ownership and a procurement status of 135%.

Corporate Social Responsibility

RW Attorneys is committed to business practices which encompass responsible corporate citizenship initiatives that are aimed at promoting the legal profession, the environment and the local communities.