who we are

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 africa group

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

Article 55 of the Treaty Establishing the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (the "Treaty"), provides for the prohibition of any agreement or concerted practice between undertakings, which has as its objective or effect, the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition within the Common Market. It further authorises the Council to: "make regulations to regulate competition within the Member States." The COMESA Competition Regulations (the "Regulations"), made under the Treaty, establish the COMESA Competition Commission (the "Commission") and empower it to regulate competition in the Common Market.
Compensation in Unfair Discrimination Cases

In South African Airways (Pty) Ltd v GJJVV [2014] 8 BLLR 748 (LAC) an airline pilot, Van Vuuren, reached the retirement age of 60 on 5 August 2005. At the same time a collective agreement with the union was being negotiated in terms of which the retirement age would be increased to 63. Agreement on the increased retirement age of 63 was in fact reached on 19 August, but the collective agreement was only signed in November 2005. While the collective agreement was being finalised Van Vuuren was asked to remain at home on standby. When he resumed his duties in December 2005 he received a reduced salary that was lower than that of his younger colleagues who performed the same work.
Mining rehabilitation funds - what if they are no longer needed?

Mining companies are obliged to perform environmental rehabilitation of mining sites upon the termination or premature closure, decommissioning and final closure, of mining activities. Section 37A of the Income Tax Act, 62 of 1968 (“the ITA”) serves to align tax policy with environmental regulation and regulates mining rehabilitation funds created with the sole object of applying their property for the environmental rehabilitation of mining areas.
 
 
   

 

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