Skip to content

WHAT WE OFFER

One of our greatest strengths is our culture, which is friendly and informal and offers you the freedom to mould your own success within a supportive environment. As an employee, we offer you the ability to: 

  • Be yourself, knowing that we acknowledge and encourage our people to find balance in life beyond their careers. We are committed to diversity, inclusion and belonging for all our people including striving for flexibility and meeting the needs of working parents. 
  • Be part of a successful team that values you as an individual, and will connect you with the people, the knowledge and the experiences you need to succeed. 
  • Work in a collegial, collaborative and supportive environment, one that is friendly, authentic, and that offers you the freedom to mould your own success. 
  • Develop your career through the exceptional work that we do for our clients, through working with other top talent, by having the resources to do your job, and through the investments that we make in your development. 
  • Make a meaningful impact to our clients and to the industries they operate in; our work sets legal precedence. 
  • Help us build our reputation for excellence by working on top-end, complex matters for clients who are leaders in their fields. 
  • Be part of an African firm with international exposure with access to the best of both worlds – local and cross-border experience combined with to international best practice. 
Person standing on mountain

Bowmans is more than a place of work

It is also where professional experience is developed and lasting relationships are formed. We value individuality not individualism. 

We foster an environment where people with a diversity of backgrounds and expertise can work together harmoniously. We believe in work-life blend: we work hard but are flexible while doing so. 

WHAT WE LOOK FOR

  • Relationship-builders and connectors
  • People who are client-driven and have a desire for excellence
  • Innovative, curious and solutions-oriented thinkers
  • People who can work independently and be self-motivated but see the value in collaborating with other like-minded people
  • The ability to operate within an ambiguous environment and a constantly changing landscape
  • Proud members of the African continent
Hand shake

OUR SELECTION PROCESS

ONLINE APPLICATION

Applications must be submitted online.

SHORTLIST SCREENING

Our recruitment team screens applications to assess eligibility and contacts shortlisted applicants to arrange screening interviews or conversations.

INTERVIEW

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview with the hiring manager, talent manager and member of the recruitment team.

ASSESSMENT

In some cases, a further technical assessment is conducted.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

Depending on the outcome of interviews and/ or assessments, references are contacted to verify CVs and performance in previous roles. Fingerprints are also taken to run integrity checks depending on the role and location.

OFFER

Successful applicants are then made an offer of employment.

OUR VACANCIES

Associate – Shipping Aviation and Logistics (Insurance) - Johannesburg, South Africa

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Admitted attorney with 1 to 3+ years post admission litigation experience.
  • Interest in insurance required.
  • In possession of an LLB with a sound academic transcript and Right of Appearance
  • Strong analytical and dispute resolution skills are essential.
  • Interest in a technical legal environment advantageous
  • Proven track record of marketing/practice development an advantage
  • Excellent English language skills
  • Exposure to a demanding work environment – big law firm exposure advantageous

Job Accountabilities:

  • Provide advice to clients in respect of transactional and litigious insurance matters with a particular focus on financial lines and aviation
  • Provide advice to clients in respect of aviation regulatory compliance
  • Handle litigious matters in the insurance and aviation space
  • Research and draft opinions
  • Report to partners and senior associate within the department who will determine duties
  •  
  • Practice management: general administration, including file management and electronic time‑keeping.
  • Business development in the form of the preparation of internal and external newsflashes or articles of interest to clients/potential clients
  • Participate in marketing initiatives in line with the departmental and sectoral strategy

Personal Attributes:

  • Genuine interest in insurance and related issues and commitment to involvement in this sector
  • Client Focus

Dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of clients. Obtains the necessary information from clients and utilizes the information for the delivery of service to the client. Establishes and maintains effective relationships with clients. Ability to attract and retain clients. Ability to work independently with appropriate level of supervision.

  • Organisational awareness

Good business awareness, understanding the implications of events within the organization. Knows how to get things done through formal channels and informal networks.

  • Work Standards

Sets high goals or standards of performance for self, producing work timeously, accurately and of a consistently high standard. Must be able to work according to a fee budget. Understands need to attend to matters with appropriate urgency, according to the required priority and within the requirements of the department and client.

  • Planning and organizing

Accurately scopes out the length and difficulty of tasks. Sets priorities, manages schedules and plans accordingly in a constantly pressurized environment. Ensures turnaround to meet partners' and client expectations.

Skills:

  • Technical Legal skills

Has or is able to acquire the legal technical skills to understand the client requirements and deliver a service which is efficient and meets client requirements. Can learn new technical legal skills specifically in respect of ports and terminal infrastructure projects and concessions and apply theory in a practical manner.

  • Communication

Able to express ideas clearly, produce documents that have appropriate organisation and structure, correct grammar and language.

  • Computer Literacy

Proficient in Word and Outlook. Experience in a legal billing software package essential. Proficiency in Excel an advantage.

Bowmans is committed to achieving the objectives set in its transformation charter, and the targets in its employment equity plan. All recruitment decisions will be taken with due consideration being given to these objectives.

Associate: Litigation – Dispute Resolution Department - Windhoek, Namibia

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Admitted attorney with 1-3 years post admission experience in commercial litigation/exposure to High Court litigation.
  • Post grad LLB degree with a sound academic transcript.
  • Exposure to a demanding work environment – Big law firm exposure advantageous

JOB ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Drafting documents, including pleadings, notices, affidavits, settlement agreements and correspondence.
  • Furnishing legal opinions and advice on any various areas of law arising from commercial litigation; general civil litigation and general administrative law relevant to disputes or investigations arising from procurement.
  • Consultations with clients and counsel; interviewing witnesses.
  • Preparing for and attending High Court and private arbitration proceedings; participating procurement related tribunals and report preparation flowing therefrom.
  • Conducting negotiations with a view to settling disputes and/or claims.
  • Practice management: general administration, including file management and electronic time-keeping.
  • Business development in the form of the preparation of internal and external newsflashes or articles of interest to clients/potential clients; assistance with the preparation of tender documentation.

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:

Client Focus

*Client interaction ability

  • Including understanding the need to balance addressing the legal requirements of the instruction with understanding and meeting the expectations and requirements of clients.
  • Understanding the need to obtain the necessary instruction details/information from clients and the ability to translate this to achieve the delivery of service to the client.
  • Capable of establishing and maintaining effective relationships with clients.

Work Standards

  • Setting high personal goals and personal standards of performance, producing work timeously, accurately and of a consistently high standard, with an ability to work both independently and in a leveraged Team, to train juniors and interact with senior partners.
  • Ability to work according to a fee budget.
  • Ability to work within a large team.
  • Capable of coping under time pressures and according to client pressures.
  • Commitment to excellence in standard of work produced.
  • Understanding the importance of teamwork and effective communication within the team.
  • Taking and accepting responsibility for performance of mandates and conduct of matters.

Planning and organizing

  • Ability to prioritise, manage schedules, delegate and plan in a client-centric environment and within a large team.
  • Ability to delegate and supervise such planning and organising where necessary.

OTHER SKILLS:

Legal Technical skills

  • Possesses the legal technical skill to understand client requirements in order to deliver excellent client service and legally sound advice.
  • Ability to work under pressure and deliver according to deadlines.
  • Capable of applying legal theory in a practical and commercially astute manner.
  • Appetite and interest to expand one’s expertise in addressing client needs and legal requirements.

Communication

  • Able to communicate effectively and express ideas clearly.
  • Produce documents that have appropriate organisation and structure, correct grammar and language.
  • Understanding the need for accountability.

Computer Literacy

  • Proficient in Word and Outlook.
  • Knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint would be an advantage.
  • Capable of learning to work with additional Computer programmes relevant to, inter alia, eDiscovery and digital timekeeping etc.
Associate: Litigation – Dispute Resolution Department – Corporate Risk Litigation Team - Johannesburg, South Africa

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Admitted attorney with 3-5 years post admission experience in commercial litigation/exposure to Investigative work would be advantageous.
  • Post grad LLB degree with a sound academic transcript.
  • Exposure to a demanding work environment – Big law firm exposure advantageous

JOB ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Drafting documents, including pleadings, notices, affidavits, settlement agreements and correspondence.
  • Furnishing legal opinions and advice on any various areas of law arising from commercial litigation; with an emphasis if possible on areas involving fraud; corruption; general recovery; and general administrative law relevant to disputes or investigations arising from procurement.
  • Settling or contributing toward forensic reports.
  • Consultations with clients and counsel; interviewing witnesses.
  • Preparing for and attending High Court and private arbitration proceedings; participating in forensic investigations and report preparation flowing therefrom.
  • Conducting negotiations with a view to settling disputes and/or claims.
  • Practice management: general administration, including file management and electronic time-keeping.
  • Business development in the form of the preparation of internal and external newsflashes or articles of interest to clients/potential clients; assistance with the preparation of tender documentation.
  • Training of Candidate Attorneys and junior associates within the team; and in the broader practice group from time to time.

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:

Client Focus

*Client interaction ability

  • Including understanding the need to balance addressing the legal requirements of the instruction with understanding and meeting the expectations and requirements of clients.
  • Understanding the need to obtain the necessary instruction details/information from clients and the ability to translate this to achieve the delivery of service to the client.
  • Capable of establishing and maintaining effective relationships with clients.

Work Standards

  • Setting high personal goals and personal standards of performance, producing work timeously, accurately and of a consistently high standard, with an ability to work both independently and in a leveraged Team, to train juniors and interact with senior partners.
  • Ability to work according to a fee budget.
  • Ability to work within a large team.
  • Capable of coping under time pressures and according to client pressures.
  • Commitment to excellence in standard of work produced.
  • Understanding the importance of teamwork and effective communication within the team.
  • Taking and accepting responsibility for performance of mandates and conduct of matters.

Planning and organizing

  • Ability to prioritise, manage schedules, delegate and plan in a client-centric environment and within a large team.
  • Ability to delegate and supervise such planning and organising where necessary.

OTHER SKILLS:

Legal Technical skills

  • Possesses the legal technical skill to understand client requirements in order to deliver excellent client service and legally sound advice.
  • Ability to work under pressure and deliver according to deadlines.
  • Capable of applying legal theory in a practical and commercially astute manner.
  • Appetite and interest to expand one’s expertise in addressing client needs and legal requirements.

Communication

  • Able to communicate effectively and express ideas clearly.
  • Produce documents that have appropriate organisation and structure, correct grammar and language.
  • Understanding the need for accountability.

Computer Literacy

  • Proficient in Word and Outlook.
  • Knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint would be an advantage.
  • Capable of learning to work with additional Computer programmes relevant to, inter alia, forensic investigations; eDiscovery and digital timekeeping.

Bowman Gilfillan is committed to achieving the objectives set in its transformation charter, and the targets in its employment equity plan.  All recruitment decisions will be taken with due consideration being given to these objectives.

Keep up to date on the latest news

Our specialist practitioners share their knowledge and insights into a range of legal issues through various public speaking engagements, publications and media interactions. Subscribe to our legal updates to keep abreast of new developments.