Graham Damant

South Africa

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22 Bree Street
Cape Town
South Africa

Tel: +27 11 669 9508
Fax: +27 21 480 3200


Graham Damant is a partner in the Employment Law Department. He is a well recognised practitioner whose advice is sought in many complex employment matters and disputes. Graham has significant expertise in the management of strikes, restructuring and retrenchments, transfers of business, changes to terms and conditions of employment and dismissals. He has specialised in employee benefits and has particular expertise pertaining to pension funds and pension benefits.

Graham has acted for clients in many high profile employment disputes. He has acted as a judge in the Labour Courts. He is regularly invited to speak at conferences and as a university guest lecturer. He has previously assisted with the drafting of Labour Legislation.

In the pensions field, Graham has been involved in advising a number of employers and pension funds in relation to all aspects of the law pertaining to pension funds. He has been involved in a number of significant disputes between employers and pension funds and between pension funds and their service providers. He has assisted employers in conversions of Defined Benefits funds to Defined Contribution funds. He has assisted in a number of employers in disputes pertaining to their post retirement medical aid obligations or in capping their liabilities in respect of such obligations.

Bowman Gilfillan is one of South Africa’s leading employment law firms and has the largest employment law practice of its kind in South Africa. The firm has a number of well known and internationally recognized lawyers in its employment law practice group and has significant experience in, and knowledge of, all areas of employment and employee benefits law.

The Bowman Gilfillan Employment Law practice group comprises over 40 lawyers (including over 20 partners and 28 other fee earners) based in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Former alumni of the practice group have served, or are currently serving as, judges in the Labour Court, Labour Appeal Court and the Constitutional Court. A number of the practice areas’ current partners have, in the past, also been requested to act as judges in the Labour Court and on the panel of various tribunals and forums.

Members of the practice group are regular contributors to employment law publications, publish books and articles on a wide range of employment law issues, provide training nationally and internationally, and present lectures in their fields of expertise in a variety of forums.

Our practice group, which represents, amongst others, state-owned enterprises, local government institutions, development corporations as well as major listed and unlisted domestic and international corporations, benefits schemes, bargaining councils and employers’ organisations, has been at the forefront of employment law in South Africa for many years and has been involved in the development of employment law jurisprudence.

Collectively, our team of employment lawyers offers a breadth and depth or experience and knowledge in the fields of employment law and employee benefits which we believe is unmatched by any other firm in South Africa. We are in a strong position to continue our tradition of being leaders in this field.

In addition, and with the assistance of Bowman Gilfillan’s large network of firms in Africa and our association with Coulson Harney in Kenya, the practice area is well positioned to assist clients with obtaining, and coordinating, employment related advice in relation to countries throughout Africa.

Bowman Gilfillan is the exclusive South African representative of the Employment Law Alliance, the world’s largest and most important network of labour and employment lawyers. By virtue of our firm’s membership in the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), we have the capability and resources to handle all of your employment and labour law needs in every US state and in more than 125 countries.

Bowman Gilfillan is one of Africa’s premier corporate law firms, employing over 310 specialised lawyers and a total staff of some 550.

Our firm is recognised for professional legal services of the highest calibre. We draw on our unique knowledge of the African business environment, and in-depth understanding of the socio-political climate, to advise clients on a wide range of technical legal issues.

Our approach to corporate law is fresh and innovative. With a century of experience to draw on, we help our clients manage the risks inherent in bringing high stake deals home – safely, smoothly and with uncompromising professional diligence.

“Department head Graham Damant is the first choice of many sources when seeking reliable employment advice. He is very highly regarded among peers, who single out his expertise on employee benefits, noting: “He has established himself as a top lawyer in that space.””
Chambers & Partners, 2015