Patrick Leyden, a partner in Herbert Smith Freehills’ Johannesburg office, is the winner of Lexology’s 2021 Client Choice Award for Energy & Natural Resources in South Africa, an award he also won in 2020.

Patrick, a corporate lawyer, practises across a number of industry sectors but specialises in mining and energy in Sub-Saharan Africa. His experience includes domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, corporate restructurings and black economic empowerment and indigenisation transactions.

Client Choice recognises those individuals around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. The criteria for this recognition focus on an ability to add real value to clients’ business above and beyond the other players in the market. Uniquely, lawyers can be nominated only by corporate counsel, with this year’s winners chosen from a pool of more than 2,500 nominations.


Operating from 26 offices across Asia Pacific, EMEA and North America, Herbert Smith Freehills is at the heart of the new global business landscape providing premium quality, full-service legal advice. The firm provides many of the world’s most important organisations with access to market-leading dispute resolution, projects and transactional legal advice, combined with expertise in a number of global industry sectors, including Banks, Consumer products, Energy, Financial buyers, Infrastructure & Transport, Mining, Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare, Real estate, TMT and Manufacturing & Industrials.

For more information, please contact Patrick Leyden or your usual Herbert Smith Freehills’ contact:

Patrick Leyden
Patrick Leyden
Partner, Johannesburg
+27 83 766 4677