Bowman Gilfillan

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HeadquartersJohannesburg, South Africa
No. of offices6
No. of attorneys400+[1]
No. of employees554+[1]
Major practice areasCorporate Law Firm
Key peopleRobert Legh (Chairman)
Date founded1885
FounderDouglas Flemmer Gilfillan, Richard Bowman
Company typeLaw firm

Bowmans, previously Bowman Gilfillan, is a law firm based in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, with offices in Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Kampala and Nairobi. It is one of the "Big Five law firms" in South Africa.


Bowman Gilfillan was formed through the merger in 1998 of three law firms – Bowman Gilfillan Hayman Godfrey (established 1902), Findlay & Tait (established 1885) and John & Kernick (established 1923).[2]

Major deals[edit]

In 2009, the firm advised Bharti Airtel, India's largest cellular services provider in their proposed acquisition of the MTN Group, the largest announced but uncompleted merger in South Africa's history with a value of $23 billion.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Who we are". Bowmans Law. Retrieved December 31, 2010.
  2. ^ Bowman, Gilfillan. "Nature of Law" (PDF). The nature of law. Bowman Gilfillan. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Bharti shares jump as MTN merger called off". Financial Times. Retrieved 21 July 2017. (Subscription required (help)).

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