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Employment Law
Municipal employees take on government pension fund

Hundreds of members of the Municipal Employees Pension Fund have raised R100 each to hire top Law firm Bowman Gilfillan to fight the fundís unilateral decision to reduce their withdrawal benefit by half.

Corporate
Renewable energy projects offer investors various options

The renewable energy programme run by the Department of Energy has now proceeded through several rounds, including the recent announcement of preferred bidders for round four and the opening of the bid window for round five.

Employment Law
Non-permanent employees afforded greater protection

The stricter regulation of atypical forms of employment were introduced with the Labour Relations Act (LRA) amendments on 1 January 2015 to include a number of provisions specifically aimed at giving labour-brocking employees, employees employed on fixed-term contacts, and part-time employees greater protection.

Litigation
Security for costs affirmed

Local companies which institute litigation proceedings which are vexatious or reckless or amount to an abuse can still be liable to furnish security for the defendantís legal costs, despite the legislatureís omission of this provision from the Companies Act, 2008. This is the view taken by the Supreme Court of Appeal in its recent judgement in the Boost Sports Africa v The South African Breweries case.

General News
IFLR1000ís Energy and Infrastructure results announced

IFLR1000′s recent research into the energy and infrastructure markets shows Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group (BGAG) being highly ranked across Africa reaffirming the groupís position as a leading pan-African legal services provider to corporates, financial institutions and the public sector across Africa.

General News
Going Legal

Itís a sign of the times that legal services firms are booming while the rest of the economy limps along.

Corporate
Representatives of financial service providers must be honest and have integrity or face being disbarred industry-wide

On 1 June 2015 the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) delivered a judgment in the Financial Services Board vs PGE Barthram and Discovery Life Limited case, emphasizing that representatives of financial services providers (Reps) must be honest and people of integrity or face being disbarred from ever working in the financial services industry. With its decision, the SCA has enhanced the protection of the investing public from dealing with Reps who are dishonest and lack integrity.

Corporate
Keeping the competition strong

Many African countries recognise that rigorous competition law regimes are considered a great contributor to providing incentives to companies to compete on prices, improve the quality of their products and become more innovative, in order to retain or, better still, increase their market share.

Corporate
SA must pursue US free-trade deal

The US Senateís recent passing of a bill extending the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) for 10 years with SA indicates that this unilateral preference scheme enjoys sufficient support in the US.

General News
Lifetime Achievement Awards

Robert Legh is the chairman of Bowman Gilfillan with 25 years extensive experience in corporate finance, antitrust and regulatory work.

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