Bowman Gilfillan's Cape Town office has relocated to 22 Bree Street, a new, highly visible, office block in the centre of Cape Town.



Located at 22 Bree Street, our new home is bound by Prestwitch Street to the east and Prestwitch Lane to the south.

Clients visiting the firm will enjoy great views of the harbour and the mountain, along with easy parking and accessibility to shops, a railway station and bus routes.

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who we are

Success in business today requires a combination of big picture thinking, and an ability to deal meticulously with the detail. At Bowman Gilfillan, we believe that an appreciation of the big picture, formed by defining ideas, needs to be backed-up by a clear understanding of the detail, the execution of which is vital in managing risk and successfully turning an inspired vision into business headlines.

Bowman Gilfillan is one of Africa’s premier corporate law firms, employing over 310 specialised lawyers and a total staff of some 550.

Our firm is recognised for professional legal services of the highest calibre. We draw on our unique knowledge of the African business environment, and in-depth understanding of the socio-political climate, to advise clients on a wide range of technical legal issues.

Our approach to corporate law is fresh and innovative. With a century of experience to draw on, we help our clients manage the risks inherent in bringing high stake deals home – safely, smoothly and with uncompromising professional diligence.

bowman gilfillan's extensive list of specialist legal services includes:

bowman gilfillan africa group

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group advises clients throughout Africa. The group has offices in six countries in Africa – Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda and has a "best friends" relationship with leading Nigerian firm, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie.

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group includes approximately 400 lawyers across six countries. The Group has offices in Antananarivo, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Gaborone, Johannesburg, Kampala and Nairobi. Our relationship firm in Nigeria, Udo Udoma & Bela-Osagie, has offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

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african expertise, global presence

A combination of local expertise and international presence has seen Bowman Gilfillan attract many high-profile clients both in South Africa and around the world. Investment banks, industrial conglomerates, financial institutions, governments and state authorities are amongst the clients who depend on us to handle their legal affairs.

Our firm has the advantage of operating as part of a global network of commercial and corporate law attorneys. Bowman Gilfillan is the exclusive member firm in South Africa for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide.

Bowman Gilfillan is the exclusive South African representative of the Employment Law Alliance, the world's largest network of labour and employment lawyers.

Many of our partners belong to the International Bar Association.

contact us for your legal requirements

Whether you need a corporate law attorney, dispute resolution lawyer, employment law attorney, or almost any other specialist business lawyer, Bowman Gilfillan is guaranteed to exceed your legal expectations.

Contact us today for more information about the legal services you require and to find out how we can be of service.



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