Tony Canny

Tony Canny

Counsel, Johannesburg

Email tony.canny@​

Phone +27 11 775 6363

Fax +27 86 673 6930

LanguagesEnglish, Afrikaans

Practice groupLitigation

“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.”

Chambers Global

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.

Awards and recognitions


Recognised as leading lawyer for White Collar Crime
Expert Guides


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

Education and admissions


BCom LLB, University of the Witwatersrand


Director of the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA)

Bar admissions and qualifications

South Africa

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.

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