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Tony Canny


Tony Canny
English, Afrikaans
Practice Group

During his 42 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. 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, 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 endorsed by Practical Law Company for Insurance and Dispute Resolution. He was also recognised in The Best Lawyers of South Africa for Litigation and Insurance in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and has been recommended in Legal 500 as an “excellent insurance specialist”. He is one of the founding directors of the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa.


"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

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 mining company listed on Australian Stock Exchange, in connection with disputes relating to extraction of gold concentrate from mine.

Education and admissions


  • BCom LLB, University of the Witwatersrand


  • Director of the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA)

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • South Africa


Recommended for Corporate Investigations

Chambers Global


Recommended for Insurance & Reinsurance

Who's Who Legal


Recommended in

Legal 500



The Best Lawyers of South Africa for Litigation and Insurance


Endorsed for Insurance and Dispute Resolution

Practical Law Company

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