About the Webber Wentzel Empowerment Trust

The Webber Wentzel Empowerment Trust is an independent entity, established as one of Webber Wentzel's empowerment efforts with the mandate and objective to create sustainable opportunities for aspiring Black legal professionals.

As a proudly South African company, Webber Wentzel has, since the advent of democracy, been taking steps to transform the Firm and contribute to the transformation of the legal profession. 

Established in 2016, we are encouraged by the progress we are making  in supporting both students and law faculties at universities. To do more and reach wider, the Trust will continue to:

  • Explore opportunities to partner up with the like-minded in order to increase capacity.
  • Strive to increase the number of students and university faculties we support.
  • Forge long term relationships with a wide range of stakeholders such as schools, universities and potential employers.

Mission

To contribute to transformation of the legal industry by:
Supporting underprivileged and academically deserving students to achieve successful and sustainable legal careers. Providing opportunities for the holistic development of aspiring Black legal professionals.

Vision

To be recognised, through results, as a key contributor to the sustainable increase in the number of Black legal practitioners in South Africa.

Values

  • Leadership - Be an active citizen and driving force in the transformation of South African society.
  • Integrity - Act with integrity, ethics and sound morals.
  • Diversity - Breed inclusivity and respect for all individuals by recognising how their diverse backgrounds, identities, experiences will bring fresh ideas and perceptions to the legal industry.
  • Resilience - Demonstrate the ability to “bounce back”.
  • Excellence - Inspire people to be the very best that they can be.
  • Collaboration - Collaborating with like-minded pursuing the same ends.