Bowmans takes top honours at the African Legal Awards

Johannesburg, 13 September 2018: Leading African law firm, Bowmans walked away with top honours at the African Legal Awards hosted by Legal Week and the Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa (CCASA) in Johannesburg on 7 September 2018. According to the organisers, the African Legal Awards "set out to recognise exceptional achievement from within Africa’s legal community at a time when the legal sector is going through a period of rapid change". African Law Firm of the Year is one of three awards identified as "key". In addition to this accolade, Bowmans was one of two firms that took home the highest number of practice area awards at three - for Property and Construction Team of the Year, Energy and Natural Resources Team of the Year and TMT Team of the Year. The firm’s chairman and senior partner, Robert Legh, says: "We are delighted with this recognition. It confirms that our strategy is working for our clients, our people and the business - and the timing could not be better.” The awards come shortly before Bowmans celebrates the tenth anniversary of the establishment of what became Bowmans Kenya (Coulson Harney LLP) and the fifteenth anniversary of the establishment of what became Bowmans Uganda (AF Mpanga Advocates). Legh concludes, “On a continent where markets are volatile, politics are unpredictable and laws do not always favour investors, we have gone from strength to strength. I believe that this is as a result of our people and our ‘one firm’ approach. I could not be prouder.”


Robert Legh

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…



Chambers Africa Awards, 2018

South African Law Firm of the Year

Dealmakers Awards, 2018

We have been identified as the leading legal adviser in Africa by volume. This is the fourth consecutive year we have been recognised in this way.

African Global Funds Service Providers Awards, 2017

Best Legal Service – Private Equity

African Legal Awards, 2017

We won the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Team of the Year Award. The firm was also 'highly commended' in the African Law Firm of the Year - Large Practice and Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year categories.