During his 45 years at the firm, Tony Canny has built a substantial litigation practice with emphasis on forensics and insurance.


The forensics component involves forensic investigations and actions related to white collar crime and fraud, and dealing with all aspects of bribery and corruption.

Tony started the firm's forensics practice in 1991, then the only South African law firm with a dedicated forensics practice, and he is still in charge of that practice 29 years later.


He has handled some of the highest profile financial, commercial and white-collar crime matters in South Africa on behalf of entities in the insurance/reinsurance field, pension funds, Business Against Crime, the Banking Council, banks, the South African Reserve Bank, the Financial Services Board, the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association and others.


Tony has been rated in Chambers Global as one of the top forensics lawyers in South Africa. Expert Guides has listed him as one of the top lawyers in South Africa advising on white collar crime


He has been endorsed by Practical Law Company for Insurance and Dispute Resolution.  He has been recognised in The Best Lawyers in South Africa for Litigation and Insurance, and is recommended in Legal 500 as an “excellent insurance specialist.

Chambers Global 2020 - Corporate Investigations :

“Tony Canny is a respected expert with a deep background in forensic investigations. Sources highlight his long-standing practice in the field and describe him as an ‘accomplished practitioner.’ He is best known for his expertise in white-collar crime,  such as bribery, corruption and fraud, particularly in the financial services sector.”

Chambers Global 2019:

"Tony Canny is a highly experienced litigator with a long-standing reputation in the field of forensic investigations. He is particularly well regarded for his expertise relating to white-collar crimes in the insurance and financial services sectors. Sources note him as a 'great litigator' who is 'very well respected'"


Chambers Global 2018:

“Tony Canny is widely respected for his depth of expertise across corporate investigations, with especially noteworthy abilities in white-collar crime as it relates to the insurance and financial services sectors. Interviewees recognise him to be a ‘very strong litigator’ who ‘has always been a strong name in this space’”


Chambers Global 2017:

“Tony Canny is held in high esteem for his depth of experience in corporate investigations, with recognised strength in the financial services and insurance fields. Interviewees acknowledge that he is ‘very experienced’ and ‘highly regarded’ in this field”  



Litigation & Arbitration


BCom LLB - University of the Witwatersrand


2016-2020 Recommended in Chambers Global for Corporate Investigations

2018 Recognised by Expert Guides as a leading lawyer for White Collar Crime in South Africa

2015-2016 Endorsed by Practical Law Company for Insurance and Dispute Resolution

2015-2021Recognised in The Best Lawyers in South Africa for Litigation and Insurance Law

2014-2015 Recommended in Legal 500

2017 Recommended in Who’s Who Legal for Insurance & Reinsurance

Bar Admissions

2 May 1977


Court Admissions

High Court






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Tony Canny



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Practice area:

Commercial litigation