Baker McKenzie and Bowmans among big winners at 2018 African Legal Awards

South African judge and gay rights campaigner Justice Edwin Cameron receives lifetime achievement award

Baker McKenzie and South African ‘big five’ firm Bowmans were among the big winners at the 2018 African Legal Awards, held in Johannesburg last Friday (7 September).

Bowmans won four awards, including African Law Firm of the Year – Large Practice, while Bakers was named International Law Firm of the Year for the second year in a row, with Johannesburg managing partner Morne van der Merwe (pictured) collecting the award.

The Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa (CCASA) Lifetime Achievement Award went to Justice Edwin Cameron, a former South African constitutional court judge and gay rights campaigner whom Nelson Mandela called “one of South Africa’s new…

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