who we are

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group is a leading Pan-African law firm. Our track record of providing specialist legal services, both domestic and cross-border, in the fields of corporate law, banking and finance law and dispute resolution, spans over a century. 

With eight offices in six African countries and over 400 specialised lawyers, we are differentiated by our geographical reach, independence and the quality of legal services we provide. 

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 legal issues. Our aim is to assist our clients in achieving their objectives as smoothly and efficiently as possible while minimising the legal and regulatory risks.

Our clients include corporates, multinationals and state-owned enterprises across a range of industry sectors as well as financial institutions and governments. 

Our expertise is frequently recognised by independent research organisations. We have been named Africa Legal Adviser by DealMakers for the last two consecutive years (2014 and 2015). Most recently we won the Competition and Regulatory Team of the Year and the IP Team of the Year Awards at the prestigious African Legal Awards hosted by Legal Week and the Corporate Lawyers Association in 2015. 

Our Footprint in Africa

We provide integrated legal services throughout Africa from eight offices (Antananarivo, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Gaborone, Johannesburg, Kampala and Nairobi) in six countries (Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda).  

We work closely with leading Nigerian firm, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, which has offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, and have strong relationships with other leading law firms across the rest of Africa. 

We provide coverage of francophone OHADA jurisdictions across the continent (including Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal and Togo) from our office in Madagascar. 

Our Kenyan, South African and Ugandan offices are representatives of Lex Mundi, a global association, with more than 160 independent law firms in all the major centres across the globe. This association gives us access to the best firms in each jurisdiction represented.

latest news

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group named South African law firm of the year

Johannesburg, 19 April 2016: Leading Pan-African law firm, Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group has been named South African Law Firm of the Year for 2016 by Who’s Who Legal.
This recognition comes hot on the heels of the firm being identified as the DealMakers leading legal adviser in Africa (by both deal value and number of transactions) for the second year running.

Legal 500 results confirm Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group’s strength in Africa

Results from the 2016 Europe, Middle East and Africa Guide released yesterday (13 April) by Legal 500 reaffirm Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group’s position as a leading Pan-African legal services provider.

Nine practice areas were recognised in the top tier, with a further 10 practice areas being recommended. In addition, eight lawyers were recognised as elite ‘leading lawyers’ and a further 49 lawyers were recommended in a variety of practice areas.
Former Constitutional Judge Justice Yacoob - pro bono lawyers must see the Constitution as its client

Former Constitutional Judge Justice Yacoob was at Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group’s Pro Bono event this week to talk about the notion of lawyers acting against government institutions. Justice Yacoob said at the event that law should be used as a weapon in order to achieve greater good in society.

He explained that pro bono lawyering began in South Africa during the days of the struggle and the fight for a just society.
Historic decision by ports regulator welcomed given SA’s economic climate

Local and international players in the South African shipping industry have recently received good news from the Ports Regulator of South Africa in what may be a historic decision; and one which is welcome domestically given the economic climate.

The Ports Regulator was constituted in 2006. Its role as an independent regulator is to monitor and oversee the activities of the National Ports Authority (“NPA”), which is a division of Transnet. The Regulator’s mandate includes the economic regulation of the Ports system, in line with the strategic development context of South Africa.
Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP) appoints Legal Panel

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group is proud to be one of four legal firms on a panel selected by the Renewable Energy Performance Platform, which is an innovative climate finance initiative aiming to invest in small-scale renewable energy projects across 19 targeted Sub-Saharan African countries. We were referred to as being “world-class” and having a “1st-in-class track record… in African renewables”.


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