Bowman Gilfillan merges with Durban shipping boutique

Big Five South African legal practice Bowman Gilfillan is boosting its transport practice by merging in the three-partner shipping firm Velden Pike Nichols.

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The merger takes effect from 1 August. As well as the three partners, there will be five lawyers, a trainee and four support staff (making up the full team of Velden) joining Bowman Gilfillan. Craig Cunningham, managing partner of Bowman Gilfillan, said: ‘Given our expansion into Africa where the fast pace of infrastructure development is being driven largely by substantial oil and gas finds and other commodities, our offices in those jurisdictions have an opportunity to provide legal services in respect of logistics, ports and other infrastructure development.’ Source: The Lawyer

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