The inaugural Women and Diversity in Law Awards

Deadline for nominations Friday 23rd September

Recognising the exceptional individuals and teams making the UK legal profession more diverse and inclusive

It is the perfect time to recognise – and celebrate – the achievements of the people, teams and businesses helping to make the UK legal sector more diverse and inclusive.

Hosted by The Global Legal Post, the inaugural Women and Diversity in Law Awards will take place in London on 22 March 2023. They set out to say a big, collective ‘thank you’ to those who are dedicating their professional careers to moving the DE&I needle or using their positions of influence to help facilitate change. We will showcase the role models who are inspiring people from under-represented groups and the initiatives that are making a difference. In so doing we will also provide a forum for the sharing of ideas and best practice.

Despite some successes in recent years, progress across all fronts remains painfully slow.

No single business, team or individual has the answer. Success will only be achieved through collaboration. The awards are divided into two sections. The first section will showcase the inspirational contribution women are making to the profession.

The second section will address diversity more broadly, seeking to highlight the initiatives and individuals that are making a difference across different strands of diversity. Namely: age and life stage; disability; faith; gender equality; LGBT+; mental health and wellbeing; race equality; and social mobility. There is also a category focused on environmental sustainability in recognition of its close relationship with diversity.

Guiding us through the awards process will be a judging panel made up of recognised experts, campaigners and leaders. Click here for a list of confirmed judges.

We welcome partnerships with not-for-profit organisations focused on DE&I within the legal profession. To put your group forward email

Awards timeline: how to nominate

The nominations process is designed to unearth as diverse a group of people, teams and businesses as possible.

Individuals are encouraged to nominate themselves and others across the range of categories. The same applies to legal teams and businesses

Making a nomination could not be more simple, and will only take a few minutes. You can find more details here. The deadline for nominations is Friday 23 September.

Once all the nominees have been identified, we will contact them and invite them to submit entries. The judges will then select the finalists and winners.

The awards ceremony will take place in London on 22nd March 2023.

Judges 2022

Nomination Deadline


Outstanding Women Leaders

  • Woman of the Year
  • Law Firm Leader of the Year
  • General Counsel of the Year
  • New Law Leader of the Year
  • Innovator of the Year
  • Unsung Hero
  • Returner of the Year

Outstanding Women Practitioners

  • Advocate of the Year
  • Dealmaker of the Year
  • Disputes lawyer of the Year
  • Commercial Lawyer of the Year
  • In-house Counsel of the Year
  • Rising Star

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Responsible Leader of the Year
  • Responsible Business of the Year
  • Responsible Legal Department of the Year
  • Not for Profit Organisation of the Year
  • Supplier of the Year
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion of the Year
  • Mentor of the Year
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programme of the Year
  • Age and Life Stage Initiative of the Year
  • Disability Initiative of the Year
  • Environmental Sustainability Initiative of the Year
  • Faith Initiative of the Year
  • Gender Equality Initiative of the Year
  • LGBT+ Initiative of the Year
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Initiative of the Year
  • Race Equality Initiative of the Year
  • Social mobility Initiative of the Year

Awards Timetable

Open for nominations

Nomination deadline

Announce nominations

Open for entries

Deadline for entries

Shortlist announced

Registration for tables opens

Awards ceremony

Friday 22nd July 2022

Friday 23rd September 2022

Friday 7th October 2022

Friday 7th October 2022

Friday 11th November 2022

Wednesday 4th January 2023

Wednesday 4th January 2023

Wednesday 22nd March 2023


Nomination/entry enquiries:
Jasminder Soor

Sponsor enquiries:
Maria Sunderland

Marketing partnership enquiries:
Sheryl Paul