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GRADUATE
RECRUITMENT

WHAT WE OFFER

We offer a range of programmes at our various offices to give legal graduates access to on-the-job training and mentorship; experience and exposure to diverse areas of law; and the ability to interact with our highly competent professionals. Through participating in one of our programmes, our graduates are able to develop their professional experience and form lasting relationships.  

We provide opportunities for pupils in our Kenyan and Mauritian offices; for candidate legal practitioners in our South African offices; for interns in our Tanzanian office; and for learner legal practitioners in our Zambian office.  

See below for detailed information on the programmes offered by our Kenyan and South African practices. Please submit an enquiry to the relevant office using the Contact Us functionality for further information about our graduate programmes in Mauritius, Tanzania and Zambia. 

In addition, our Virtual Experience Programme specialising in Kenyan and South African law is accessible to all aspiring lawyers internationally. It provides an opportunity for anyone to participate in some of the tasks we would normally assign to students on site. This online self-paced programme requires no prior experience and is designed to provide a sneak peek into the world of corporate law at Bowmans. Create a profile and enrol to complete one (or more) of the five modules on offer here.

MEET THE TEAM

Alan Keep is our managing partner. He specialises in corporate and tax law and advises on the structuring and implementation of significant black economic empowerment transactions as well as joint ventures, asset disposals and acquisitions. He has BCom and LLB degrees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Higher Diploma in Tax Law from the University of Johannesburg.

Alan Keep – Managing Partner

Team-Alan-Keep

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Ezra Davids is our chairman and senior partner. He specialises in both domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and securities law, and is the relationship partner for a number of our major clients. He has advised on some of the largest and most complex transactions on the African continent. He is the Chair of the Private Equity Sub-committee of the Corporate and M&A Committee of the IBA.  Ezra is a member of the Council of the University of Cape Town.  He is also a board member of the Legal Resources Centre, Freedom Under Law and Social Justice Initiative.  Ezra has BA and LLB degrees from the University of Cape Town, a Higher Diploma in Tax from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Certificate in Leadership in Law Firms from Harvard Law School.

Ezra Davids – Chairman and Senior Partner

Ezra-Davids

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Fazil Hossenkhan is the managing partner of our Mauritian practice. He is a corporate and funds lawyer who specialises in investment funds, private equity and corporate law. Fazil has an LLB (Hons) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Postgraduate Diploma in Banking and Finance Law from the University of London.

Fazil Hossenkhan – Managing Partner (Mauritius)

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Mabvuto Sakala is the managing partner of our Zambian practice. He specialises in litigation and alternate dispute resolution. He is a member of the IBA and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London. He has an LLB from the University of Zambia; an LLM from the University of Nottingham, UK; and a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from Lund University, Sweden.

Mabvuto Sakala – Managing Partner (Zambia)

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Paras Shah is the managing partner of our Kenyan practice. He specialises in corporate and commercial law, banking and finance law, privatisations, M&A, capital markets and real estate law. He has a an LLB (Hons) from King’s College London, a Diploma in Legal Practice (cum laude) from the College of Law, UK, a Diploma in Management from Henley School of Management, UK, and a Diploma from the Kenya School of Law. He is qualified as a Solicitor in England, and an Advocate in Kenya

Paras Shah – Managing Partner (Kenya)

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MEET THE TEAM

Wilbert Kapinga is the managing partner of our Tanzanian practice. He specialises in corporate, finance, banking, privatisations, telecommunications and competition law. Wilbert is a member of the Tanganyika Law Society, Law Association of Tanzania, East Africa Law Society, International Third World Legal Studies Association and African Society of International and Comparative Law. He has Master’s degrees in Law from both the University of Dar es Salaam and Columbia University in New York, USA, and a Doctorate from Northeastern University in Boston, USA.

Wilbert Kapinga – Managing Partner (Tanzania)
Wilbert-Kapinga

OUR PROGRAMMES

We offer a variety of programmes at our respective offices to give graduates access to on-the-job training and mentorship; experience and exposure to various areas of law; and the ability to interact with our highly competent professionals. Click on the relevant link for further information on our two largest programmes – those in Kenya and in South Africa.

What we offer
  • On-the-job training and mentorship. 
  • Experience and exposure to various practice areas of law as a result of quarterly rotations. 
  • The ability to interact with our highly competent advocates of the High Court and other lawyers across our geographical footprint.
What we look for

We look for lawyers aspiring to complete their training as Kenyan advocates - well-rounded people with a high level of academic achievement and commercial awareness. To be considered for a pupillage position, applicants must have: 

  • A KCSE Certificate (or equivalent) and be able to demonstrate strong academic achievement. 
  • An LLB student qualification (upper second class honours and above). 
  • Be admitted to the Advocate Training Programme at the Kenya School of Law. 
  • Be outgoing, curious, ambitious and commercially-minded with a passion to succeed as a lawyer in a top law firm in Africa. 
How to apply
  • 2024 Pupillage Applications:The application window for the 2024 intake has now closed. We thank all applicants for their interest and enthusiasm. 

  • 2025 Pupillage Applications:We are now accepting applications! Interested candidates can apply by clicking here or scanning the QR Code below.

    Application Deadline: Make sure to submit your application by March 31, 2024.

    Selection Process: The selection process, including interviews and written assessments, will commence in May 2024.

    We look forward to welcoming a new batch of pupils and continuing our tradition of nurturing the next generation of legal professionals.

  • Our Virtual Work Experience Programme

    We offer a Virtual Experience Programme, which provides an opportunity for you to participate in some of the tasks we would normally assign to students on site. This online self-paced programme requires no prior experience and is designed to grant you a sneak peek into the world of corporate law at Bowmans. All you need to do is create your profile and enrol to complete one (or more) of the activities on offer click here.

    There are five modules for you to work through. Complete all of them and move a step closer to identifying whether a career in corporate law is for you and possibly your preferred area of law. You’ll be awarded a certificate in recognition of your experience which you can add to your resume and social media profiles.

Top tip to make your application stand out

“At Bowmans we look for graduates who bring their authentic self to work every day and never stop learning. Be curious at every single engagement and whenever possible, get as uncomfortable as possible – this is when we grow the most.” 

– Shalin Ledwaba, Head of Talent Acquisition

Top tip to make your application stand out

“At Bowmans we understand that while striving and attaining academic excellence is a requirement, following your passion and being constructively active is essential.”

– Kasheer Singh, Graduate Recruitment Manager

Top tip to make your application stand out

“Take submitting your application seriously as it reflects on you. Make sure that before you hit apply your profile is complete, that it is neat, and that all required documents are loaded as requested (PDFs not screenshots)…in short: send the perfect application!” 

– Reatile Molefe, Graduate Recruitment Administrator

Top tip to make your application stand out

“At Bowmans we look for graduates who bring their authentic self to work every day and never stop learning. Be curious at every single engagement and whenever possible, get as uncomfortable as possible – this is when we grow the most.” 

– Shalin Ledwaba, Head of Talent Acquisition

Top tip to make your application stand out

“At Bowmans we understand that while striving and attaining academic excellence is a requirement, following your passion and being constructively active is essential.”

– Kasheer Singh, Graduate Recruitment Manager

Top tip to make your application stand out

“Take submitting your application seriously as it reflects on you. Make sure that before you hit apply your profile is complete, that it is neat, and that all required documents are loaded as requested (PDFs not screenshots)…in short: send the perfect application!” 

– Reatile Molefe, Graduate Recruitment Administrator

OUR PEOPLE

Shalin Ledwaba

Head of Talent Acquisition

KASHEER SINGH

Graduate Recruitment Manager

PABALLO MOTSOANE

Graduate Development 
Consultant

REATILE MOLEFE

Graduate Recruitment Administrator

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