Corporate & Commercial Legal Firm

Boqwana Burns is a boutique Legal, Corporate and Commercial Advisory firm with offices in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. Boqwana Burns is the only black owned law firm in South Africa with a national footprint.

Boqwana Burns is a law firm with prominent, experienced and well established legal practitioners with extensive expertise in the various disciplines of commercial, administrative, property and legal practice.


We are committed to providing highly professional, multi-disciplinary legal and business services to both private sector and public sector clients. The firm is fully integrated in terms of technology, ensuring speedy research and quick response time


We believe that together with our clients, private and public, we can increase and enhance the quality of South African and African development.


Boqwana Burns is driven to fulfil a key role in the economic and social development of South Africa and Africa. This commitment is reflected in the fully compliant BEE composition of the firm.


We assist our clients in harnessing investment opportunities and partners within and beyond the African continent.

Our Approach

Our approach is to intimately understand our client’s business, provide customised and innovative services whilst building a long-term relationship.

Our business philosophy is reflected in our commitment to serving our clients and society. We are committed to:

  • Rendering professional services of the highest quality.
  • Serving the best interests of its clients at all times.
  • Honouring the best traditions and ethics of the profession.
  • Implementing the principles of transformation without compromising quality of service.

Areas of Expertise

Administrative Law Energy and Gas Law
Alternative Dispute Resolution Insurance Law
Building and Construction Disputes Medical Negligence Claims
Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Claims
Contract Law Professional Liability Claims
Compliance Procurement Law
Constitutional Law Project Management
Corporate and Commercial Law Property Law
Conveyancing Public Law
Employment Law Corporative Governance

Concerning You

Our tariff structure can be negotiated with each client to suit their needs.

The urgency and intricacy of the work are among the many factors that we take into account in determining the fee structure or hourly tariffs. On certain matters the fee structure can be negotiated depending on the successful outcome of that matter.

Boqwana Burns is an experienced law firm which is able to render a professional and cost effective service that will exceed our client’s expectations.

Boqwana Burns is committed to a policy of giving effect to its social responsibility, through the provision of community services and training opportunities.

Our professionals render legal services at no cost to clients who would otherwise not able to afford such services (pro bono) for at least 20% of their time every month.

Boqwana Burns has the ability to execute projects in a cost effective manner which ensures optimal results for clients within the shortest possible time due to the fact that Boqwana Burns utilizes advanced computer and communications technology and all its professionals are supported by well qualified and highly trained secretarial and administrative personnel.

Boqwana Burns has well established relationships with government support services and local authorities, which ensures minimum delays, maximum time efficiency and is essential in the execution of projects.

Project Experience

Boqwana Burns has been involved as Advisors in a number of major projects. The following are a few of the firm’s clients:

Department of Roads & Public Works
Project Management

Acted as advisers in the project structuring and finance arrangements for various municipalities and the Department of Public Works for the revitalization of small towns in the Eastern Cape.

Northern Cape Solar Corridor
Project Management

Acted as advisors to the Northern Cape Provincial government for the establishment of the Special Economic Zone and the first concentrated solar park in South Africa.

Alfred Nzo
Regulation & Investigation

Acted in multi-disciplinary investigations for the Alfred Nzo District Municipality and managed the implementation of the
reports, including managing the labour relations matters (Arbitrations and labour court applications).

Department of Economic Development
Regulation & Investigation

Acted on behalf of the MEC for Economic Development in the Eastern Cape Government on various investigations
involving the Eastern Cape Development Corporation.

Regulation and Investigations


Acting for PRASA in a multidisciplinary investigations relating to irregular expenditure and maladministration.

South African Airways

Acting for South African Airways in various investigations relating to tender irregularities and recoveries.

Competition Commission

Acting for the Competition Commission in the health services inquiry.


Acting for EWSETA in a due diligence investigation relating to various projects throughout South Africa.

General Current Project Experience

Coega IDZ

Acted as transactional advisors in the establishment of Coega Industrial Development Zone.

R 4.5 Billion

Estimated Value


Acted in the development of the 1st renewable energy centre in the Northern Cape.

R 120 000 000

Estimated Value


Acted for a Property Holdings Company in the development of a university.

R 400 000 000

Estimated Value


Acted for a reputable construction company in various construction projects.

R 600 000 000

Estimated Value