Robert Legh

Robert Legh

Chairman and Senior Partner
Johannesburg, South Africa
T: +27 11 669 9352
E: robert.legh@bowmanslaw.com
  • Overview
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Overview

Robert Legh is our Chairman and Senior Partner.  He joined the firm in 1986 and became a partner in 1992.

He founded our Competition Practice in 1998 and headed it before his appointment as chairman. He has extensive experience in antitrust and regulatory law as well as in mergers & acquisitions and mining law. In recent years he has worked on a number of high-profile cases relating to hostile mergers, abuse of dominance and cartels and was a contributor to the first South African text book on competition law.

His expertise has been recognised by numerous international legal directories including Best Lawyers, Chambers Global, Global Competition Review, IFLR1000, the Legal 500, PLC and Who’s Who Legal.

He has B.Com, LLB and MBA degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand.

He divides his time equally between chairing the firm and advising clients on complex antitrust matters.

Specialist Services

Relevant Experience

  • Counsel to SABMiller on SA competition law issues in the acquisition by ABInbev of SABMiller plc
  • Counsel to SABMiller on SA competition law issues relating to the creation of Coca Cola Beverages Africa, the largest Coca Cola bottler in Africa
  • Counsel to the South African Breweries Ltd in the unsuccessful prosecution by the Competition Commission of SAB in respect of alleged restrictive practices and abuse of dominance in relation to SAB’s use of appointed distributors
  • Counsel to Cape Gate, SA’s largest private steel producer, in alleged infringements of the Competition Act in relation to steel, wire and scrap metal products
  • Ongoing competition law advice to PPC, South Africa’s largest cement producer.

Awards

Robert Legh is ranked as a leading South African competition lawyer by inter alia the following rating publications:

  • Chambers and Partners consistently recognised Rob as an Eminent Practitioner for Competition/ Antitrust for the past six consecutive years (2015 to 2020) as well as in 2012.
  • IFLR1000’s Financial and Corporate Guide consistently rated Rob as a Highly Regarded Lawyer for his work in Competition, Energy and Infrastructure and M&A, particularly within the Energy, Mining and Natural Resources sectors, for the past three consecutive years (2018 to 2020) and prior to that, as a Leading Lawyer in 2015 and 2016.
  • Recognised by Who’s Who Legal for Competition Law for three consecutive years (2018 to 2020) as well as for his work in the Mining sector in 2018.
  • Listed in the Global Competition Review 2018 in the Partners category.
  • Recognised by Best Lawyers 2017 for Competition/ Antitrust Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Trade Law.
  • Legal 500 listed Rob as a recommended lawyer for Competition in 2017.

“Robert Legh is a revered practitioner in South Africa who continues to utilise his wealth of competition law experience for the benefit of clients, in addition to his duties as chair of the firm.” – Chambers and Partners 2020

“Firm chairman Robert Legh maintains an impressive reputation and competition practice in addition to his managerial responsibilities. Sources describe him as ‘excellent’ and one of the ‘top experts in the field.'” – Chambers and Partners 2019

“Robert Legh sits as the firm’s chair and is described as a ‘formidable lawyer’ who is a ‘force to be reckoned with.’ He is well regarded in the competition space in South Africa and assists on some of the group’s most complicated transactions.”Chambers and Partners 2018

“Firm chairman Robert Legh, first ranked in Chambers Global 2006, remains a highly respected competition practitioner.  He continues to play a major role in some of the team’s largest transactions, including SABMiller’s proposed combination with Coca-Cola and Gutche Family Investments.  One client highlights his ‘pragmatic and incisive’ advice.”Chambers and Partners 2017

“Firm chairman Robert Legh, first ranked in Chambers Global 2006, remains a highly respected competition practitioner.  He continues to play a major role in some of the team’s largest transactions, including SABMiller’s proposed combination with Coca-Cola and Gutche Family Investments.  One client highlights his ‘pragmatic and incisive’ advice.”Chambers and Partners 2017

“Clients comment that Robert Legh offers ‘huge amounts of experience. He is known within the industry and comes with a lot of credibility.’ He acted for South African Breweries against proceedings concerning alleged price discrimination and market allocation.”  – Chambers and Partners 2016

Publications & Insights