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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, Gaborone, Johannesburg, Kampala and Nairobi. Our relationship firm in Nigeria, Udo Udoma & Bela-Osagie, has offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

pro bono

For the financial year ending February 2013 Bowman Gilfillan lawyers clocked 7890.55 pro bono hours across its Johannesburg and Cape Town offices. The total value of our services for the year was R13 667 578,00. We work towards building strong stakeholder relationships with the non-profit sector in order to source deserving pro bono work. We have also formed partnerships with different organisations in order to entrench and enhance our pro bono work. We deliver our pro bono services through the various pro bono clinics we service and which we may have established. 

latest news

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group Partnership Board Announcements

Robert Legh, Chairman of Bowman Gilfillan, has today announced new appointments to the Partnership Board. To read further, please click on the news article heading.
The International Comparative Legal Guide to Environment & Climate Change Law 2014 Edition

What is the basis of environmental policy in South Africa and which agencies/bodies administer and enforce environmental law? When is an environmental permit required, and may environmental permits be transferred from one person to another? The environmental right enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 ("the Constitution") and relevant national and provincial legislation are the basis for environmental policy. The Constitution provides that "the Environment" is a functional area of concurrent national and provincial legislative competence.
Bowman Gilfillan Appoints Managing Partner

It gives us great pleasure to announce the appointment of Alan Keep as Managing Partner with immediate effect. Internationally ranked as leader in his field, and a member of the International Bar Association, Alan is a Partner in the firm’s Corporate Department and Head of the Tax Practice Area in Johannesburg.

Alan has recently worked on major transactions for South African and international clients in the banking, beverages, financial services, mining, property and communications sectors. He has advised on the structuring and implementation of numerous significant black economic empowerment transactions in the South African market.

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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