The Women and Diversity in Law Awards

Open for nominations

Deadline Extended 6th October

The Women and Diversity in Law Awards 2024: Open for Nominations

Following the huge success of the 2023 Women and Diversity in Law Awards, we are now accepting nominations for next year’s awards.

This is your chance to recognise – and celebrate – the achievements of the people, teams and businesses helping to make the UK legal sector more diverse and inclusive.

In order to cast our net as widely as possible, we are encouraging individuals and teams to nominate themselves and others across the range of categories.

Making a nomination could not be easier. Click here to view the categories and here for information on how to nominate.

The awards are divided into three sections. In the first half, Outstanding Women Leaders and Outstanding Women Practitioners will be recognised. The second section will address diversity more broadly, seeking to highlight the stand-out initiatives and individuals across its different strands.

The extended deadline for nominations is 6 October; nominees will then be invited to submit entries, for consideration by a judging panel made up of recognised experts, campaigners and leaders.

Click here for a list of confirmed judges, who include last year’s inspirational Lifetime Achievement Award winner, immediate past Law Society president I Stephanie Boyce.

Hosted by the legendary diversity campaigner Baroness Floella Benjamin, this year’s awards in March saw some 400 finalists, awards judges and other representatives of the UK legal profession attend a glittering ceremony in London.

Individual winners included Reed Smith’s European managing partner, Tamara Box, and Natalie Sutherland, co-founder of the In/Fertility in the City initiative, while successful law firms included Browne Jacobson, CMS, Clifford Chance, FieldFisher and RPC, with barristers’ sets Matrix Chambers and 4 Pump Court also among those recognised.

We are delighted to confirm legal mental health charity LawCare as the awards’ charity partner.

Why Nominate

Recognition of Excellence: Nominating a colleague for the Women and Diversity in Law Awards is a quick way to acknowledge their outstanding contributions and achievements in the legal field.

Supporting Diversity: By nominating a colleague, you actively promote and support diversity and inclusion within the legal profession, contributing to a more inclusive and equitable workplace.

Boosting Morale: Your nomination can boost your colleague’s morale, confidence, and motivation, encouraging them to continue their impactful work in the legal industry.

Positive Impact: By participating in the nomination process, you play a role in highlighting diversity and women’s achievements in law, contributing to positive change in the legal profession.

Celebrating Success: The Women and Diversity in Law Awards celebrate success stories, and your nomination can help ensure that deserving colleagues receive the recognition they deserve.

Inspiration: Your nomination can serve as an inspiration to others, encouraging more individuals to strive for excellence and diversity in the legal field.

Fostering Inclusivity: Nominating colleagues for these awards encourages a culture of inclusivity and equity within your workplace, setting an example for others to follow.

Promoting Role Models: By nominating colleagues, you help create role models for future generations of legal professionals, inspiring them to pursue careers in law.

Networking Opportunities: Nominees and winners gain valuable networking opportunities, connecting with other like-minded professionals, and potentially advancing their careers.



Outstanding Women Leaders

  • Woman of the Year
  • Law Firm Leader of the Year – Large Practice
  • 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

  • Dealmaker of the Year
  • Disputes lawyer of the Year
  • Advocate of the Year
  • 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 and/or Neurodiversity 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

Nomination Deadline

Awards Timetable

Open for nominations

Nominations extended deadline

Open for entries

Entry deadline

Shortlist announced

Summit & Awards ceremony

7th September 2023

6th October 2023

11th October 2023

10th November 2023

14th December 2023

13th March 2024


Highlights from 2023

Winners 2023


Entry Enquiries:
Simone Broadhurst

Sponsor enquiries:
Maria Sunderland
079 0870 0718

Marketing partnership enquiries:
Sheryl Paul