About Us

Message from Our Senior Members


Our firm is based on the fundamental which we regard extremely seriously – relationships. When Paul Wisenberg and Maurice Phillips joined forces in 1995, it established a strong foundation which has supported us all the way through to the current day. This focus on relationships extends into the way we treat our clients – welcomed with open arms into our family and our warm, homely offices. Despite all our partners originally coming from corporate backgrounds, our hospitality and warmth are unmistakable and our clients will affirm, distinguish us from other law firms.


Our focus on relationships coupled with our wide range of expertise (covering commercial litigation to family law and property) makes us uniquely suited to deal with your specific needs. We believe that both our staff and clients thrive in a relaxed environment, which results in excellent turn around service and documents of the highest quality. At MP|W we guarantee personal, caring service coupled with reasonable rates so that you, our clients, achieve the best possible results.


And we make a great cup of coffee too!


A Very Special Law Firm


The seed of MAURICE PHILLIPS | WISENBERG was sown in October 1994 when Maurice Phillips and Paul Wisenberg met through a mutual colleague and since that day, they haven’t looked back. After first engaging as associates, Maurice and Paul found they had a great rapport and mutual understanding and they became partners in March 1995. This relationship, spanning two decades, is the backbone upon which our firm is built.


Paul introduced Leonard Hersch to the firm in 2002 (they had worked together previously) and Leonard became a partner in 2003. We are very proud to say that the MP|W family has now expanded to eight lawyers in the firm, each with their own set of skills and strengths which they bring to the table.


We view our size as one of our advantages; we are small enough to value every client, but at the same time are able to draw on a deep reservoir of legal acumen and expertise. At MP|W, our most important goal has always been to understand the broader needs of our clients and to offer solutions that meet and exceed these needs. This attention to detail and level of care has led to long-standing relationships with our clients – something we feel is a true testament to our beliefs.


With a proud history of providing our clients with innovative solutions in a professional and friendly manner, we are looking forward to another twenty years of being one of Cape Town‘s most sought after medium sized law firms.




At MAURICE PHILLIPS | WISENBERG we have accumulated sufficient experience to know that the most important qualities a law firm must have are: Integrityrespectdelivery and determination. It is these qualities, coupled with our size and focus on relationships, which truly set us apart.


We ensure that we work as a unit – our senior professionals bring their extensive experience and wisdom while our younger attorneys bring their hunger and exceptional energy. In order to maximise the potential of our clients’ success we draw in attorneys with specific legal skills as and when needed. This means we always have the best possible team on the case.




  • Integrity
  • Personal attention
  • Reasonable fees
  • Responsibility: We will not advise litigation unless we feel there is a fair chance of success
  • Availability: We understand that crises do not always happen during business hours – we are here for you
  • Global reach: We are an integral member of the MSI Global Alliance, an internationally renowned network of independent legal and accounting firms.


If you would like to contact us, please email us at info@mpw.co.za


MSI Global Alliance


As a member of MSI, we are able to swiftly and efficiently source reliable, local, international and sought-after expertise wherever our clients may be doing business – locally or internationally. This not only gives them peace of mind, but a key competitive edge.

MSI is an international alliance of independent legal and accounting firms with monumental reach. There are over 250 member firms in 100 countries across the globe and we are very proud to be a member firm.

MSI member firms are English-speaking full-service professional services firms which are among the most respected in their local marketplaces. What draws them together is a common desire to provide partner-led, personal, reasonably costed solutions to cross-border challenges faced by entrepreneurial small to medium sized businesses.


If you would like to learn more about MSI, please visit msiglobal.org or contact one of the MP|W partners directly.