Advocates of the High Court and Independent Law Practitioners

Welcome to The Maisels Group. We are a group of advocates of the High Court of South Africa, who are members of the Johannesburg Bar (Society of Advocates, Witwatersrand Local Division). The members of The Maisels Group are independent sole practitioners intently following in the footsteps of great and remarkable advocates.

The Maisels Group is Bound Together in the Pursuit of Excellence

The group, and the building in which it is housed, is named after Israel (Issy/Issie) Aaron Maisels QC, one of the great advocates of the Bar. Practising from their chambers in Maisels Chambers, in the Sandton CBD in close proximity to the offices of the Johannesburg Bar and many law firms, the advocates of The Maisels Group provide a professional and valuable service to their attorneys and their clients.

Through the pursuit of excellence, the encouragement of transformation and the respect of individualism we endeavour to provide services of the highest standard. Throughout the group we also ensure that young advocates develop to become outstanding advocates.

Feel free to browse our site and find more information about The Maisels Group and the outstanding quality of advocates we have under our roof.

Maisels Group Wins Prestigious Construction Law Award

The Maisels Group has been named South African Construction Law Disputes Chambers of the Year for 2017 by Lawyer Monthly, a UK-based news website and monthly legal publication that focuses on significant legal news from around the world.

The Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards recognise the achievements of law firms and individuals who have delivered exceptional results for their clients over the past 12 months. The 2017 Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards recognises firms, individual lawyers, solicitors and barristers that have dedicated their resources to innovation, built on their depth of expertise, and performed outstandingly over the year.

One of the Group’s senior members, Patrick Lane SC, who has been instrumental in the development of the Group’s construction law practice, as well as the Group’s growing international footprint, enjoyed the privilege of receiving the award on its behalf.

The Group extends its congratulations to Lane SC and other Members in the construction law field whose excellence and hard work has won the Group this significant accolade.


Congratulations to Kameel Premhid

The Maisels Group congratulates Kameel Premhid on being awarded his red bag on 26 November 2017 by Rafik Bhana SC. Kameel has had a great start to his career at the bar and had the privilege of arguing in the Constitutional Court on behalf of the Southern African Litigation Centre on 28 November 2017 in the matter of S v Okah and Okah v The State.

Welcome to our new members

The Maisels Group is delighted to welcome the following new Members to our Group: Birgit Brammer, Lucelle Buchler, Benard Bobison-Opoku, Shomane Mathiba, Kaylee Mitchell, and Ann Ashworth. We are confident that they will contribute to the esteem of both the Group and the profession in the years of practice to come. Their profiles, as well as the profiles of all our Members, can be viewed on the “Members” page of our website.

Remembering Isie Maisels

On 19 November 2017, Israel Aaron Maisels, QC, known to many as Isie,* would have turned 112. Having retired from the Bar in 1992, at the age of 87, Isie’s legacy lives on – not only for the Chambers and Groups that proudly carry his name, but because he is remembered as one of the finest advocates to have emerged from our ranks. In the 61st year since the Treason Trial, Isie’s leadership will forever be memorialised in the letter penned by the struggle stalwarts he represented which hangs in the foyer of the building which bears his name. Of him, they said: “throughout the long dreary years of our trial we have been proud to have been defended by you, not only because we know that in you we have had the best defence that this land could supply, but we have been proud because we know of the magnificent legal battles you have fought to preserve the rule of law, to prevent it from being whittled away by the unscrupulous machinations of the Government”. The Maisels Group is proud to carry his name and legacy and to continue the finest traditions of the Bar which Isie’s life exemplified throughout his extraordinary career.

* In preparing this, it was brought to our attention that there is a common misconception about such a well-known man! “Isie” is the correct spelling, not “Issy” as many think.