For over a century, we have met the demands of the industry by providing shipping and logistics services to our extensive range of local and international clients.

With experienced practitioners in Cape Town and Durban and extensive expertise in this specialised field of law in many jurisdictions along the African coastline, we have built a solid reputation for providing fast and effective service.

We have received praise from the Legal 500 (2015), highlighting the fact that we undertake work ranging from “traditional ship finance to major casualty work”; have a “professional approach”; and provide “a prompt and efficient service” rooted in “a clear knowledge of the law”. Clients also appreciate our “international knowledge and perspective".

In addition, our Ports Terminals and Logistics Corridors Sector Group has extensive expertise in the ports, terminals and logistics corridors sector across numerous countries on the African continent.

Specialist Services

Our specialist services include:

  • Casualty response
  • Shipping litigation
  • Commercial shipping and finance
  • Logistics

Emergency Response

The Shipping and Logistics Department is available 24 hrs a day (+27 21 480 7920 – National Helpline)

Southern Africa’s dangerous coastline is notorious for serious high profile losses. We strive to provide immediate legal and practical assistance in an emergency. Our lawyers have been involved in many of the most significant local casualties of the past decade including:

The Smart, Kiani Satu, Ioannis NK, Boundary, Gulser Anna, Alexandros T, Safmarine Agulhas, Anangel Splendour and Kiperousa.

Bowman Gilfillan is the listed legal correspondent in the ports of Cape Town and Port Elizabeth for most of the International Group of P&I Clubs

The Shipping and Logistics Department is available 24 hrs a day (+27 21 480 7920 – National Helpline) and in case of emergency, the following people will be available:

Durban office

Cape Town office



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