Gordon Rushton

Gordon Rushton

Senior Consultant
Cape Town, South Africa
T: +27 21 480 7827
E: gordon.rushton@bowmanslaw.com
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Gordon Rushton is a senior consultant in our Cape Town office Dispute Resolution Department.

He specialises in commercial litigation, arbitration, insurance, construction and municipal law, and has particular expertise in forensic investigations.

He conducted a forensic investigation into the shooting of the Guguletu Seven and subsequently assisted investigators of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  Gordon was instructed by the City of Cape Town to assist the Heath Commission in its inquiry into irregularities in the public participation process for the proposed renaming of streets in Cape Town. He represented most of the former directors of Leisurenet Limited in the legal proceedings which flowed from the liquidation of the company. He has acted on behalf of the City of Cape in relation to issues arising from the construction of the Cape Town Stadium. He represented the Law Society of South Africa in its application to the Constitutional Court challenging amendments to the Road Accident Fund. Gordon has also litigated in the High Court in London, at the London Court of International Arbitration, and in Italy.

He has BA and LLB degrees from the University of Cape Town.

Specialist Services

Relevant Experience

Some significant court cases:

  • Marais N.O. v Tiley 1990 (2) SA 899 (AD)
  • Longman Distillers Limited v Drop Inn Group of Liquor Supermarkets (Pty) Limited 1990 (2) SA 906 (AD)
  • Nampesca (SA) Products (Pty) Limited & Another v Zaderer & Others 1999 (1) SA 886 (CPD)
  • Dormel Properties 282 CC v Renasa Insurance Company Limited & Another 2011 (1) SA 70 (SCA)
  • Law Society of South Africa & Others v Minister of Transport & Another 2011 (1) SA 400 (CC)
  • Attorneys Fidelity Fund Board of Control v Intibane Mediates & Others 2016 (6) SA 415 (GP)
  • Shell SA (Pty) Limited v Guarantee Exchange International 1986 (4) SA 7 (CPD)
  • De’Ath v The Additional Magistrate, Cape Town 1988 (4) SA 769 (CPD)
  • Marais N.O. v Tiley 1990 (2) SA 899 (AD)
  • Standard Bank of SA Limited v Wilkinson 1993 (3) SA 822 (CPD)
  • Garven & Others v Sorec Properties Gardens Limited 1996 (1) SA 463 (CPD)
  • Thomas v BMW South Africa 9Pty) Limited 1996 (2) SA 463 (CPD)
  • Aegis Insurance Co Limited v Consani NO 1996 (4) SA 1 (AD)

Expert evidence:

  • Provided the Los Angeles County Superior Court with expert evidence pertaining to delictual liability in South African law and High Court procedure.

Recent forensic investigations:

  • Eskom: Kusile Power Station forensic investigation


  • Best Lawyers: 2021 Lawyer of the Year (Arbitration and Mediation: Cape Town)
  • Best Lawyers in South Africa 2017: Arbitration and Mediation.
  • Best Lawyers in South Africa 2016: Arbitration and Mediation.
  • Best Lawyers in South Africa 2015: Arbitration and Mediation.
  • Corporate LiveWire: 2014 Lawyer of the Year (Litigation and Dispute Resolution): South Africa.
  • ACQ Law Awards 2014: South Africa – Lawyer of the Year (Litigation and Dispute Resolution).

Publications & Insights