European Managing Partner of the Year

Bryan Bourke, William Fry


Bryan Bourke joined William Fry from Herbert Smith Freehills in 1996, becoming head of corporate in 2008 and managing partner in 2014. While his predecessor was focused on bringing the firm though the recession, Bourke has had the opportunity to take the firm to a new level. Judges praised his clear vision and strategy, focusing on growth in key areas, with a strong portfolio of innovative staff initiatives. Bourke’s tenure at the top has indeed been marked by projects focused on people: a remote working scheme, a continuous skills development programme and maternity and paternity leave training, to name but three of the wellbeing and career development initiatives he has implemented.

Underlying all this: a record of strong financial growth and an impressive number of significant mandates:  William Fry has taken on over 1,000 new clients since Bourke took the helm.


Casper Herler, Borenius Attorney


Barry Devereux, McCann FitzGerald

Zbigniew Drzewiecki, Drzewiecki, Tomaszek & Partners

Piotr Kochański, Kochański Zięba & Partners

Luís Pais Antunes, PLMJ

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