Monday, March 16, 2020

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the globe and into Africa, we are deeply concerned about its effect on you our clients, and on our own people.

In a statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 15 March 2020, South Africa was declared to be in a national state of disaster.  This follows a similar announcement earlier in the day by Kenya’s President Kenyatta.

While Bowmans has not been directly impacted by the virus as yet, we are taking the situation extremely seriously and putting in place measures to contain its spread. Our focus is on doing what we can to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees and visitors, insofar as this is possible, while still delivering, servicing our clients’ needs and continuing as business as usual, to the highest standards possible in the circumstances.

For now, our offices will remain open, but we have taken various precautionary measures including:

  • restricting international and domestic travel by our employees;
  • requiring self-isolation by employees who have recently travelled overseas;
  • keeping our employees constantly informed of the ongoing situation; and
  • taking steps to ensure that our premises are properly sanitized and secured.

We will also support those who need to self-quarantine and have systems in place to facilitate remote working to maintain a high level of business continuity.

We ask you to help us by choosing to meet remotely via video or telephone conferencing and to avoid coming to our offices for meetings, particularly if you have recently travelled outside of your home country. 

A COVID-19 task team, which includes senior management across all our various jurisdictions, will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and may modify our response as appropriate.

If it deteriorates to the point where we need to close any one of our offices in the interests of protecting our employees, clients and the wider communities, we will do so. That said, we are set up to operate remotely and will continue to deliver a high standard of service to our clients regardless of location.

We will advise you of any further developments as the situation evolves. All our partners and lawyers across our offices remain available to you at all times. 

Please take care as you and your organisations navigate through these difficult times