The nominees for the inaugural Women & Diversity in Law Awards have now been announced. With more than 260 nominees across all categories, the line up reflects the inspirational work taking place to make the UK legal sector more equitable, diverse and inclusive. We’d like to congratulate each and every individual, team and organisation on the list.
The next stage of the process is the entry period. The deadline for submissions is 10 November. This is the nominees’ chance to tell their stories to our judging panel, made up of recognised experts, campaigners and leaders, so they can pick the shortlist and winners.
Plus, it's not too late to take part in the awards. We are accepting entries from all-comers: so long as you meet the criteria, your entries will be put forward for judging along with those submitted by the nominees. It's free and simple to enter.
Open for entries
This is your chance to win recognition for 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 enter themselves and others across the range of categories.
Entering could not be easier. Click here to view the categories and here for information on how to enter.
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 entries is 17 November; nominees are also 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.
This is your chance 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
An opportunity to 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.
It is FREE to enter and takes just a few minutes of your precious time
The winners will be announced at our Awards Dinner on 13th March
- 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
- 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
- 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