The Women and Diversity in Law Awards

Winners Announced

Celebrating the winners of the Women & Diversity in Law Awards

Law firms, legal teams and individuals from the across the UK have been recognised for their trailblazing work in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) at the Women and Diversity in Law Awards.

Some 400 finalists, awards’ judges and other representatives of the UK legal profession attended the ceremony in London, which was hosted by the prominent diversity campaigner Baroness Floella Benjamin.

Hosted by The Global Legal Post, the inaugural Women and Diversity in Law Awards serve as a showcase for people working within the UK legal sector who are dedicating their professional careers to moving the diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) needle or using their positions of influence to help facilitate change.

Highlights from the night

Winners 2023


Baroness Floella Benjamin, one of the first black television presenters in the UK and a prominent diversity campaigner, will host the Women and Diversity in Law Awards. Floella has a host of achievements to her name thanks to her campaigning for children’s rights and the promotion of diversity. Successful causes include campaigns for the establishment of a minister for children and for publishers to depict more diversity in children’s picture books.

“Diversity is an important issue for me and I believe we all need to have an informed understanding about the importance of it to be reflected in every aspect of our society, especially in our media which touch millions at any one given time. When diversity is embraced we become culturally richer.” – Baroness Floella Benjamin



Outstanding Women Leaders

  • Woman of the Year – Sponsored by RPC
  • Law Firm Leader of the Year – Large Law Firm
  • Law Firm Leader of the Year – Small-to-Medium-Sized Practice
  • General Counsel of the Year
  • Innovator of the Year
  • Unsung Hero in a Leadership Role
  • Unsung Hero
  • Returner of the Year

Outstanding Women Practitioners

  • Advocate of the Year
  • Dealmaker of the Year
  • Disputes lawyer of the Year – Sponsored by Fountain Court
  • Commercial Lawyer of the Year
  • In-house Counsel of the Year
  • Rising Star – Large Law Firm
  • Rising Star – Small-to-Medium-Sized Practice
  • Rising Star – In-house Lawyer

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Responsible Leader of the Year
  • Responsible Business of the Year
  • Not for Profit Organisation of the Year
  • Supplier of the Year
  • DE&I Champion of the Year in a Specialist Role
  • DE&I Champion of the Year in a Legal Role
  • 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 – Sponsored by Byfield Reputation Counsel


Awards Timetable

Shortlist announced

Awards ceremony

Friday 13th January 2023

Tuesday 21st March 2023


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