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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. 
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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
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OUR SELECTION PROCESS

ASSESSMENT

In some cases, a further technical assessment is conducted.

BACKGROUND CHECK

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.

INTERVIEW

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

OFFER

Successful applicants are then made an offer of employment.

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.

OUR VACANCIES

Paralegal – Dispute Resolution - Nairobi, Kenya: Coulson Harney LLP
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Purpose:

Responsible for providing legal and operational support, the Paralegal will assist the partners and team members to enable them to deliver efficient client service.

This role requires excellent written and oral communication skills, strong attention to detail, ability to multitask, prioritize assignments and demonstrable document and project management skills.  

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws degree from an accredited learning institution
  • 3+ years proven working experience as a litigation paralegal in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
  • Process server licence is an added advantage.

Job Responsibilities     

  • Support the drafting of various legal documents.
  • Assist with the preparation of various correspondence and communication.
  • Perform legal research, analyse and draft legal documents.
  • Assist in general file and matter management.
  • Ensure quality control for all documents compiled by the team.
  • Work with the Knowledge Management (KM) team to identify, update, amend and maintain current drafts of various litigation precedents.
  • Assist in various team projects as may be assigned from time to time.
  • Perform other related duties as may be assigned by the Partners from time to time.

Competencies:

  • Resourceful research and analytical skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and tasks.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • In depth knowledge of litigation documentation, court rules and procedures, practices etc.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Attention to detail.

Bowmans is an equal opportunity employer

Senior Associate: Construction law – Disputes and Corporate/Commercial - Johannesburg, South Africa
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Bowmans’ Construction team is looking for a qualified junior construction lawyer to join its young and dynamic team.  The team is ranked in both Chambers and Partners and Legal500, servicing international and domestic clients in projects and construction. The team has a strong focus on both contentious and non-contentious construction matters and is closely involved on various Projects and Infrastructure matters with Bowmans’ Project Finance team.  The candidate will be working on contentious and non-contentious construction matters and may at times support the Project Finance team.

The ideal candidate will come from a reputable law firm and have built a good track-record of experience in complex construction law matters.  Must be willing to work as part of a team that is client focused and quality driven without compromise.  They will be fully committed to building a career as a construction lawyer in the Bowmans family.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Admitted attorney with 3-6 years post admission experience in a Construction law practice
  • LLB degree with a strong academic track record
  • An ability and willingness to work on both contentious and non-contentious matters is essential: Candidates with experience in only contentious or non-contentious construction law matters will be considered, subject thereto that they are willing to be upskilled to be able to straddle both ends of construction law matters
  • Proven track-record of working on complex construction law matters

JOB ACCOUNTABILITIES: 

  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts, legal documentation and settlement discussions at an advanced level with partner supervision 
  • Drafting submissions and ancillary documents in construction disputes
  • Taking part in preparing overall strategy of matters
  • Managing matters semi-independently and acting as primary contact point for clients
  • Preparing complex legal opinions and advicenotes
  • Consulting with clients, counsel and experts and ability to work with clients’ technical, commercial and legal teams
  • Training and managing junior lawyers
  • Assisting with and participating in pitches and other business development initiatives with a view to start building own client relationships
  • Participating in firm initiatives such as pro bono and ongoing training

SKILLS: 

Legal Technical skills 

  • Advanced and current knowledge of standard form construction and professional services contracts including FIDIC, NEC, JBCC and GCC
  • Advanced and current knowledge of other related agreements such as EPC, O&M and good understanding of PPPs etc
  • Possesses the legal technical skill to understand client requirements in order to deliver excellent client service and legally sound documents and advice  
  • Ability to apply theory in a practical and commercially astute manner
  • Ability to work with complex technical and commercial documents in contentious and non-contentious matters
  • Able to articulate advice, and legal issues and positions effectively both in writing and verbally
  • Ability to apply theory in a practical and commercially astute manner with an appreciation of commercial rationale and the ability to ask or discuss issues
  • Set priorities, manage schedules and plan accordingly in a high-pressure environment

Communication  

  • Able to communicate effectively and express ideas clearly
  • Produce documents that are well-structured, with correct grammar and language
  • Able to manage junior lawyers efficiently in manner that motivates the team
  • Strong team player with great people skills
  • Able to execute instructions accurately and efficiently

Computer Literacy 

  • Proficient in Word and Outlook
  • Knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint
  • Good understanding of research tools such as Juta Law
  • General IT competency in order to learn and use various firm specific tools

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES: 

  • Highly committed individual
  • Pro-active
  • Displays utmost honesty and integrity at all times
  • Ability to work well under pressure without compromising work quality or standards  
  • Ability to handle high volumes of workload and meet tight deadlines
  • Client focused and results driven with particular attention to detail
  • Committed to support the managing and growing of a dynamic team
  • Great matter management and time management skills

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.

OUR VACANCIES

Paralegal – Dispute Resolution - Nairobi, Kenya: Coulson Harney LLP

Purpose:

Responsible for providing legal and operational support, the Paralegal will assist the partners and team members to enable them to deliver efficient client service.

This role requires excellent written and oral communication skills, strong attention to detail, ability to multitask, prioritize assignments and demonstrable document and project management skills.  

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws degree from an accredited learning institution
  • 3+ years proven working experience as a litigation paralegal in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
  • Process server licence is an added advantage.

Job Responsibilities     

  • Support the drafting of various legal documents.
  • Assist with the preparation of various correspondence and communication.
  • Perform legal research, analyse and draft legal documents.
  • Assist in general file and matter management.
  • Ensure quality control for all documents compiled by the team.
  • Work with the Knowledge Management (KM) team to identify, update, amend and maintain current drafts of various litigation precedents.
  • Assist in various team projects as may be assigned from time to time.
  • Perform other related duties as may be assigned by the Partners from time to time.

Competencies:

  • Resourceful research and analytical skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and tasks.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • In depth knowledge of litigation documentation, court rules and procedures, practices etc.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Attention to detail.

Bowmans is an equal opportunity employer

Senior Associate: Construction law – Disputes and Corporate/Commercial - Johannesburg, South Africa

Bowmans’ Construction team is looking for a qualified junior construction lawyer to join its young and dynamic team.  The team is ranked in both Chambers and Partners and Legal500, servicing international and domestic clients in projects and construction. The team has a strong focus on both contentious and non-contentious construction matters and is closely involved on various Projects and Infrastructure matters with Bowmans’ Project Finance team.  The candidate will be working on contentious and non-contentious construction matters and may at times support the Project Finance team.

The ideal candidate will come from a reputable law firm and have built a good track-record of experience in complex construction law matters.  Must be willing to work as part of a team that is client focused and quality driven without compromise.  They will be fully committed to building a career as a construction lawyer in the Bowmans family.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Admitted attorney with 3-6 years post admission experience in a Construction law practice
  • LLB degree with a strong academic track record
  • An ability and willingness to work on both contentious and non-contentious matters is essential: Candidates with experience in only contentious or non-contentious construction law matters will be considered, subject thereto that they are willing to be upskilled to be able to straddle both ends of construction law matters
  • Proven track-record of working on complex construction law matters

JOB ACCOUNTABILITIES: 

  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts, legal documentation and settlement discussions at an advanced level with partner supervision 
  • Drafting submissions and ancillary documents in construction disputes
  • Taking part in preparing overall strategy of matters
  • Managing matters semi-independently and acting as primary contact point for clients
  • Preparing complex legal opinions and advicenotes
  • Consulting with clients, counsel and experts and ability to work with clients’ technical, commercial and legal teams
  • Training and managing junior lawyers
  • Assisting with and participating in pitches and other business development initiatives with a view to start building own client relationships
  • Participating in firm initiatives such as pro bono and ongoing training

SKILLS: 

Legal Technical skills 

  • Advanced and current knowledge of standard form construction and professional services contracts including FIDIC, NEC, JBCC and GCC
  • Advanced and current knowledge of other related agreements such as EPC, O&M and good understanding of PPPs etc
  • Possesses the legal technical skill to understand client requirements in order to deliver excellent client service and legally sound documents and advice  
  • Ability to apply theory in a practical and commercially astute manner
  • Ability to work with complex technical and commercial documents in contentious and non-contentious matters
  • Able to articulate advice, and legal issues and positions effectively both in writing and verbally
  • Ability to apply theory in a practical and commercially astute manner with an appreciation of commercial rationale and the ability to ask or discuss issues
  • Set priorities, manage schedules and plan accordingly in a high-pressure environment

Communication  

  • Able to communicate effectively and express ideas clearly
  • Produce documents that are well-structured, with correct grammar and language
  • Able to manage junior lawyers efficiently in manner that motivates the team
  • Strong team player with great people skills
  • Able to execute instructions accurately and efficiently

Computer Literacy 

  • Proficient in Word and Outlook
  • Knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint
  • Good understanding of research tools such as Juta Law
  • General IT competency in order to learn and use various firm specific tools

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES: 

  • Highly committed individual
  • Pro-active
  • Displays utmost honesty and integrity at all times
  • Ability to work well under pressure without compromising work quality or standards  
  • Ability to handle high volumes of workload and meet tight deadlines
  • Client focused and results driven with particular attention to detail
  • Committed to support the managing and growing of a dynamic team
  • Great matter management and time management skills

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.

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