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Tony Canny

Areas Of Practice:
Arbitration, Banking, Forensic Investigations, Health Care, Insurance Law, Mining, Pharmaceutical
Phone Number:
Cell Number:
+27 (0)11 286 6901
7 Sandton Square
Years of Practice:
140 West Street, Sandton
Gauteng / Johannesburg
Postal Address:
P O Box 78333, Sandton City, 2196
B Com LLB (University of the Witwatersrand)

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, as well as 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, pensions 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, in Band 1, as one of the top three forensics lawyers in South Africa. Expert Guides has listed him as one of the top two 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:

"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 servicessectors. Interviewees recognise him to be a ‘very strong litigator’ who ‘has always been a strong name in this space’”

Quote 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”  

Representative experience:

  • Representing five South African pension funds and others in a ZAR500m fraud case involving forensic investigations, civil litigation, criminal prosecution and "insolvency inquiry" proceedings.
  • Representing several underwriters at Lloyd's in London and a South African insurer in a complex matter of alleged misappropriation of pension fund surpluses.
  • Representing a South African captive insurer, liaising with the reinsurers’ London solicitors, preparing witnesses and attending a lengthy trial in London.
  • Representing insurers in respect of large claims relating to an alleged Ponzi scheme in England.
  • Representing persons and entities, in South Africa and Australia, relating to commercial disputes involving mining and related activities in China, Australia, Mauritius and South Africa.
  • Representing a mining company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in disputes relating to the extraction of gold concentrate from one of its mines.
  • Representing a pension fund in connection with civil litigation, regulatory aspects and possible criminal prosecution relating to alleged abuse of pension funds.
  • Representing an Australian company relating to investigations, insurance aspects and potential civil/criminal proceedings regarding the former head of its SA operations.


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

2015-2018 Recognised in The Best Lawyers in South Africa for Litigation and Insurance

2014-2015 Recommended in Legal 500

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


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