Our Durban Office Has Moved

Bowman Gilfillan's Durban office has moved to a new location as of Monday 2 February 2015. Our new office is located at:

1st Floor, Compendium House
5 The Crescent, Westway Office Park
Harry Gwala Road, Westville

All current telephone and email addresses listed below remain the same:

Tel: +27 31 265 0651
Email: dbn_info@bowman.co.za

We look forward to welcoming you at our new address!

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.

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.

latest news

Importers take note: Proposed changes to SARS deferment scheme

Currently, if an importer applied for and is accepted into the SARS deferment scheme, the payment of import duty and import Vat may be deferred or suspended for up to 30 days. At the end of the 30 day period the importer is allowed a further 7 days within which to pay the deferred import duty and Vat to SARS. Currently, the 30 day deferment cycle may commence on any day of the month beginning with the 1st up to the 28th day of the month. There should be a pre-approved deferment limit in place which limits the amount of duty and Vat that may be deferred for the deferment cycle. If that amount is exceeded the importer will not be able to defer more import duty and Vat for the rest of that cycle.
Compulsory determinations for alcoholic beverages from 1 April 2015

SARS recently amended the customs and excise laws to make it compulsory for makers of alcoholic beverages such as beers, wines, ciders, spirits, coolers and other fermented beverages to apply for tariff determinations prior to release of a clearance upon import, and prior to removal of locally manufactured products from an excise manufacturing warehouse. It is not clear whether this compulsory tariff determination regime will be rolled out to other industries as well. Every manufacturer and importer must apply to SARS for a new tariff determination even if they have an existing SARS tariff determination in place.
Proposed rebates would mean world competitive pricing

The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (“ITAC”) is currently considering rebates on imported woven fabrics as well as the manufacture of electricity meters. On 30 January, the ITAC published a notice in the Government Gazette in respect of a proposed full rebate on imported woven products in South Africa which would enable importers to purchase fabrics without paying duties under certain conditions as well as a rebate provision in respect of electricity meters.


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