The Women and Diversity in Law Awards 2025
Tuesday 18 March 2025, Hilton Bankside

We are excited to announce that the 2025 Women & Diversity in Law Awards will take place at Hilton Bankside on Tuesday 18 March. The countdown for next year’s awards is already ticking as we prepare to officially send out the call for nominations. This will happen in the coming days. Watch this space.

This will be 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 will be encouraging individuals and teams to nominate themselves and others across the range of categories.

The 2024 awards, which were held in March, saw legal professionals, businesses, not-for-profits and teams from across the UK recognised for their achievements in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion. Some 350 finalists, awards’ judges and other representatives of the UK legal profession attended the ceremony, which was hosted by award-winning actress Natalie Gumede.

Among those honoured were Bar Council vice chair Barbara Mills KC, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and FieldFisher partner Caron Heyes, who was named Woman of Year. Other law firm winners included Clifford Chance, Farrer & Co, RPC and Reed Smith while Aviva, Standard Chartered, the Law Society of England and Wales and the International Bar Association (IBA), among many other businesses and not-for-profits.

The evening featured a host of individual awards, whose recipients included Greenberg Traurig’s London managing partner Fiona Adams, who was named Law Firm Leader of the Year – Large Law Firm, Emma Wright, of Harbottle & Lewis, who secured the equivalent award for the small to medium-sized law firm category, and Matrix Chambers chief executive Rachel Holmes, who was named Responsible Business Leader of the Year.

The official charity for the evening was legal mental health charity LawCare.

2024 Judges


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 
  • 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


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