Commercial Law in South Africa
7 Torsvale Cres, Somerset Park, Umhlanga, 4320
In 1867 Harry Escombe, who was later to become one of the leading figures in the Colony of Natal, established the firm that is today Garlicke & Bousfield. When Escombe gave up private practice to become Attorney-General and then Prime Minister in the late 19th century, the firm continued under the names of his erstwhile partner, Thomas Garlicke, and his son-in law, Henry Richings Bousfield.
One of the largest law firms in KwaZulu-Natal, Garlicke & Bousfield has been proud to provide its services to major institutions, commercial and industrial corporations, government departments and parastatal organisations throughout South Africa.
The complexity of our society and its laws calls for levels of expertise which can only result from the specialisation in defined branches of the law. Garlicke & Bousfield ensures that its clients are served by practitioners whose training and experience relate to the specific legal problems with which they deal and in this way they can offer a full range of specialised legal and related services.
The firm operates as a collective leadership, sharing ideas, debating issues, coming to conclusions and taking decisions together. The most important goal is to try to maintain a harmonious balance between serving clients with excellence, growing the firm and continuing to drive the firm’s transformation agenda.
Garlicke & Bousfield has a focused, coherent affirmative action policy, which has as its ultimate objective the accomplishment of empowerment. This policy has achieved the transformation of the composition of management structures, the promotion of black equity participation within these structures and the creation of equitable procurement practices.Show more +
Kabby holds a BL (Hons) and LLB degrees from the University of Zimbabwe and was awarded the University prize for top student. He also has an LLM in Commercial Law (Taxation and Company Law) from the University of Cape Town, which was awarded with distinction.
Kabby joined Garlicke & Bousfield as a Director in the Coprorate & Commercial Department in 2014 with over 35 years’ experience as an attorney including 27 years as a specialist corporate and commercial lawyer. His areas of expertise include company law, corporate structuring, mergers and acquisitions, business start-ups and closures, engineering and construction law, procurement and sales, water and energy law, banking, structured finance, franchising, insurance and competition law.
He has been extensively involved in corporate restructuring work, due diligences, agreements governing all aspects of running industrial plants, as well as many high value engineering and construction projects. These include a major acid and fertiliser plant extension, large pulp and paper mill expansions, a new cement plant, the privatisation and expansion of water recycling plants for Durban and Windhoek, a new port cruise terminal, and the new King Shaka International Airport.
Kabby is a fellow of the Institute of Directors, Southern Africa, and an associate member of the Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa).
- BL (Hons) (University of Zimbabwe)
- LLB (University of Zimbabwe)
- LLM Commercial Law (University of Cape Town)
Areas of Practice & Specialisation
- Corporate & Commercial Law
- Competition Law
- Banking Law
- Insurance Law
- Building, Engineering & Construction Law
- Water Law