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2023 Chambers Africa Awards – South African Law Firm of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Philip Coulson

23 January 2023

The expertise of Bowmans’ lawyers has once again been recognised at the Chambers Africa Awards ceremony, which was held on 12 January. Bowmans’ South African practice was named South Africa Law Firm of the Year and co-founder of the Kenyan Practice, Philip Coulson, was awarded the distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award.

The prestigious Chambers Africa Awards honour the achievements of law firms across the continent. The winners are selected based on client feedback and extensive research for the Chambers Global Guide. The awards, ‘recognise a law firm’s pre-eminence in key jurisdictions in the region. They also reflect achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service’.

Chairman and senior partner, Ezra Davids, says, ‘A huge congratulations to Philip, whose career has been nothing short of exceptional. We are honoured to work alongside such a commendable leader and colleague who has accomplished so much and made such a valuable contribution to the legal profession in Kenya and to Bowmans as a whole’.

In selecting Bowmans as Law Firm of the Year in South Africa, the Chambers research team said that the practice, ‘is a prominent presence in the South African market, maintaining its top rankings in key practice areas such as corporate/M&A, projects and energy and tax, in addition to its full-service coverage of other disciplines. It maintains a stellar reputation for acting on high-value and complex instructions, representing an impressive list of domestic and international clients’.

‘The Bowmans South Africa team attracts extensive praise from interviewees, who note its “excellent skill set” and “great commercial acumen.” … One impressed client was particularly keen to highlight the firm’s proactive approach to diversity and inclusion initiatives, remarking: “Bowmans, as a firm, has a reputation for driving diversity and inclusion from within.’

Davids says, ‘These accolades reflect the high level at which Bowmans operates. They showcase the Firm’s renowned talent with a stellar reputation of advising on complex legal matters with a notably far-reaching positive effect across all practice areas and sectors.’