Bowman Gilfillan is one of South Africa’s leading employment law firms and has the largest employment law practice of its kind in South Africa. The firm has a number of well-known and internationally recognised lawyers in its employment law practice group and has significant experience in, and knowledge of, all areas of employment and employee benefits law.

The Bowman Gilfillan employment law practice group comprises more than 40 lawyers (including more than 20 partners and 28 other fee earners) based in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Former alumni of the practice group have served, or are currently serving as, judges in the Labour Court, Labour Appeal Court and the Constitutional Court. A number of the practice areas’ current partners have, in the past, also been requested to act as judges in the Labour Court and on the panel of various tribunals and forums.

Members of the practice group are regular contributors to employment law publications, publish books and articles on a wide range of employment law issues, provide training nationally and internationally, and present lectures in their fields of expertise in a variety of forums.

Our practice group, which represents, among others, state-owned enterprises, local government institutions, development corporations as well as major listed and unlisted domestic and international corporations, benefits schemes, bargaining councils and employers’ organisations, has been at the forefront of employment law in South Africa for many years and has been involved in the development of employment law jurisprudence.

Collectively, our team of employment lawyers offers a breadth and depth or experience and knowledge in the fields of employment law and employee benefits which we believe is unmatched by any other firm in South Africa. We are in a strong position to continue our tradition of being leaders in this field.

In addition, and with the assistance of Bowman Gilfillan’s large network of firms in Africa and our association with Coulson Harney in Kenya, the practice area is well positioned to assist clients with obtaining and co-ordinating employment-related advice in relation to countries throughout Africa.

Bowman Gilfillan is the exclusive South African representative of the Employment Law Alliance, the world’s largest and most important network of labour and employment lawyers. By virtue of our firm’s membership in the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), we have the capability and resources to handle all of your employment and labour law needs in every US state and in more than 125 countries.

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