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The Firm

Who We Are

Atherstone & Cook is a law firm based in Harare, Zimbabwe.  We offer and render legal services to clients in Zimbabwe, regionally and internationally. Our clients range from multinationals to individuals.  We strive to provide the best legal representation and results to our clients.   


Atherstone & Cook can trace its roots back about 85 years. The present firm was founded in 1957 by William Atherstone (deceased) and Lindsay Cook, (deceased 2019) the immediate past Senior Partner. Over the years, in past and recent times, the firm has represented high profile clients in civil, criminal and constitutional matters; and also the indigent, without fear or favour. These have included nationalists during the pre-Independence Lancaster House talks; and detainees, activists, and unionists, post-Independence. This strong foundation has enabled us to build the firm to what it is today: a leading firm committed to producing expert legal advice and advisors.


We have a reputation for rendering high quality legal service, advice and representation. We strive to add value in our diverse areas of expertise. Our relationships with clients are founded upon mutual trust, respect and understanding.  As such, we are favoured with instructions by several leading companies and high-profile individuals, and have enhanced our portfolio with many landmark transactions, cases and matters. Our client base includes diversified commercial and industrial conglomerates, entrepreneurs, local and multinational banks, trade unions, media houses, NGOs.

The Firm today

The firm has a commercial bias, but also provides advice and services in all other fields of law. Each partner has considerable specialist expertise.  The firm has an association with the law firms in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and regularly receives instructions from leading firms of solicitors in London and China.  Atherstone & Cook is the exclusive Zimbabwe  member of MSI Global Alliance, a leading international association of independent legal and accounting firms.  We have been ranked since 2012 to present as a Band 1 firm for General Business law by Chambers & Partners, who “publish the leading guides to the legal profession” by “identifying and ranking the world’s best lawyers and law firms”.   A Band 1 ranking is the best ranking of 6 Bands.