Office Address

Phone Number

+27 11 669 9513

Mobile Number

+27 82 561-1824

Fax Number

+27 11 669 9001

Email Address

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Main Office Address

165 West Street P O Box 785812
Sandton, 2146
South Africa

Office Locations

Sandton and Cape Town

Association with Coulson Harney, Nairobi

Firm Phone Number

+27 11 669 9000

Firm Fax Number

+27 11 669 9001

Personal Background

Karen Fulton is an employment lawyer based in Johannesburg. She qualified as an attorney in 1991 and was made a partner of Bowmans in 1993.

Karen’s clients are primarily major multinationals and financial institutions in South Africa. She is known in the financial services sector for advising on a variety of strategic employment issues. She specialises in all aspects of South African employment law, in particular, exiting executive employees, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, BEE, bonus disputes, restraints of trade, unfair dismissal and unfair labour practice claims, unfair discrimination, sexual harassment, boardroom disputes, cross-border contracts and contracts for executives.

Karen’s articles have been published in the Financial Mail, the Business Day and the Sunday Times. Bowman Gilfillan’s employment team is rated as a first-tier firm by Legal 500 and Karen herself is a rated lawyer in PLC Which Lawyer? Karen has been described as giving clients a “red-carpet” service.

Karen has sat as a judge in the Labour Court and is a mediator and arbitrator on the Tokiso panel. Karen was the first woman to sit on Bowmans' executive committee. 

Firm Background

Bowmans is widely regarded as one of the premier corporate law firms in Africa with offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The firm has an association with Coulson Harneyin Nairobi. Employing more than 300 specialised lawyers (including over 118 partners), with a total staff of over 600, the firm is recognised for its professionalism and superior legal services.

As one of South Africa's biggest and oldest commercial law firms, Bowmans draws from a solid knowledge of the local business environment and an in-depth understanding of the country's complex socio-political climate. Essentially, this enables us to offer technical legal services of the highest calibre in the context of sound, practical business advice.

Bowmans' committed and diverse team of corporate attorneys, years of experience in the industry and supreme legal expertise comprise a winning formula that has earned us a series of accolades, including South African Law Firm of the Year at the PLC Which lawyer? Law Firm Awards 2010and South African Law Firm of the Year at the Who's Who Law Firm Awards 2010.

The firm's dynamic combination of local expertise and international presence has attracted high-profile clients both in South Africa and around the world. Investment banks, industrial conglomerates, financial institutions, governments and state authorities are just some examples of clients who depend on Bowmans to handle their corporate legal affairs. 

Firm Practice Areas

Banking and Finance • Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring • Benefits (pensions, medical and incentive schemes) • Capital Markets and Securities• Commercial Property Competition and Trade • Construction and Engineering • Corporate and Commercial law • Dispute Resolution • Employment • Energy• Environmental, Natural Resources and Climate Change • Forensics and White Collar Crime • Intellectual Property • Investment Management • Litigation • Maritime and Transport • Mergers and Acquisitions • Mining • Oil and Gas • Pharmaceutical and Healthcare • Private Equity law • Project Finance and Infrastructure Development and Public Private Partnerships law • Public and Regulatory • Real Estate and Conveyancing • Tax • Technology, Media and Telecommunications

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