Rob Morson

South Africa

Bowman Gilfillan
165 West Street

Tel: +27 11 669-9370
Fax: +27 11 669 9001


Rob Morson is a partner in Bowman Gilfillan’s Corporate Department. He specialises in construction and engineering law and is the Corporate Department Construction and Engineering Practice Area Manager. Rob also heads up the Bowman Gilfillan Construction Law Group.

Rob was admitted as an attorney in 1996 and has practiced in both the commercial and litigation fields. He has advised employers, contractors and consultants on contracts (both standard form and special purpose), disputes and other matters in connection with, inter alia, energy, port, mining and process plant projects (including waste treatment, cement, paper and acid plants and aluminium smelters), equipment supply, erection & refurbishment projects, fabricated steel supply and line-pipe supply projects and industrial and commercial property transactions. Rob has extensive experience in the use of FIDIC, NEC, JBCC and other standard forms.

Rob is ranked by both PLC Which Lawyer and by Best Lawyers in the field of Construction Law in South Africa.

Rob is currently advising clients on various process plant, mining and energy projects and is the lead lawyer to Eskom in connection with the new Medupi and Kusile Power Stations. Other clients for whom Rob acts include Airports Company South Africa, the City of Johannesburg, Barloworld, BHP Billiton, ENRC Pretoria Portland Cement and Xstrata Coal.

Our Construction law group partners have an in-depth understanding of issues pertaining to the construction and engineering environment. Drawing on Bowman Gilfillan’s various practice areas, including our Africa group, the practice group delivers practical insight and solutions efficiently and cost-effectively.

Chambers and Partners ranked the construction practice Band 1 in 2013. With sources saying: “I have been impressed by every member of the construction team we have dealt with, including the partners and junior team members.” The construction and projects practice area was also ranked as ‘leading’ by PLC Which Lawyer in 2012.

Our services and areas of specialisation include:

  • Advice on project specific insurance requirements and exposure
  • Advice on Standard Form Contracts (including FIDIC, NEC, JBCC and other standard forms recommended for use by the Construction Industry Development Board and the Built Environment professions)
  • Drafting of project specific contracts
  • Advice on applicable legislation, including the Construction Regulations 2003, the Built Environment professions legislation and regulations and the Construction Industry Development Board legislation and regulations
  • Construction and engineering sector mergers, acquisitions and disposals, and due diligences
  • Construction and engineering claims, and dispute resolution
  • Development leases
  • Advice on environmental impact assessments, water, waste and rehabilitation in construction, and appeals and reviews of decisions of environmental authorities
  • Advice on local zoning requirements and developmental legislation and appeals to decisions on developmental, town planning and zoning matters
Specialists in all facets of business law, Bowman Gilfillan provides a comprehensive range of legal services designed to meet clients’ needs, and exceed their expectations.

As one of the oldest and largest law firms in Africa, we’re able to draw on a wide base of skills and expertise at all levels of experience and seniority to provide technically correct legal advice that makes business sense.

Our commitment to strategically sound advice requires that Bowman Gilfillan’s practitioners clearly understand client needs in the context of the broader issues at stake. By balancing these dynamics, and by applying our legal expertise, we provide effective, appropriate and efficient advice to solve the challenges our clients face. And to help create opportunities that move their enterprises forward.

“Peers recognise department head Rob Morson as “one of the top construction lawyers in the country.” His expertise attracts praise from a wide variety of commentators and he is sought out for some of the largest projects in the country.”
Chambers & Partners, 2016