Spoor & Fisher won Managing IP's Africa Firm of the Year award and South Africa Firm of the Year award in 2019. The firm operates from three offices in the country and provides services to IP owners in other African countries through its Jersey office. It is one of the two most admired law firms for IP in South Africa. The firm has patent expertise in a range of technical fields including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, engineering and electronics. The notable practitioners in the patent department include Jonathan Whittaker, Lodewyk Cilliers, Hugh Moubray, David Cochrane, Lance Abramson and Dina Biagio. Cilliers, who is executive chairman, specialises in mechanical engineering work. Cochrane is one of the best South African IP practitioners to consult on plant breeders' rights. Whittaker and Moubray are widely respected in patent disputes while Biagio is the key contact for IP-related transactions.