Chairman: Robert Legh
Managing Partners: Alan Keep (firm-wide), Richard Harney (Kenya), Wilbert Kapinga (Tanzania) and William Kasozi (Uganda)
Number of partners: 170
Number of lawyers: 400
Bowmans is a leading African law firm. Its track record of providing domestic and cross-border legal services in the fields of corporate law, banking and finance law and dispute resolution, spans over a century. With 400 specialised lawyers, Bowmans is differentiated by its geographical reach, independence and the quality of legal services it provides. The firm delivers integrated legal services to clients throughout Africa from six offices (Dar es Salaam, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Kampala and Nairobi) in four countries (Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Uganda). Bowmans works closely with leading Nigerian firm, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, which has offices in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt, and has strong relationships with other leading law firms across the rest of Africa. It is a representative of Lex Mundi, a global association with more than 160 independent law firms in all the major centres across the globe. Clients include corporates, multinationals and state-owned enterprises across a range of industry sectors as well as financial institutions and governments.
Bowmans expertise is frequently recognised by independent research organisations. The firm has been named African Legal Adviser of the Year by DealMakers for the last four consecutive years and South African Law Firm of the Year for 2018 in the Chambers Africa Awards for Excellence. Most recently Bowmans was named African Law Firm of the Year – Large Practice at the African Legal Awards hosted by Legal Week and the Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa. It was also one of only two firms that took home three practice awards - for Property and Construction Team of the Year, Energy and Natural Resources Team of the Year and TMT Team of the Year.