HR IN LAW AWARDS WINNERS 2016

In May 2016, the winners of the second HR in Law Awards were announced at a ceremony at the HAC in central London. Around 300 people attended the evening, where a Gala Dinner was topped off by the presentation of fifteen awards by our host, Stephen Mangan. 

The winner of the evening's Grand Prix award was Clifford Chance, which was recognised for the excellence of its LGBT diversity work.

It was a pretty good night for other firms, too. You can see the full list of winners below.

EXCELLENCE IN DIRECT RECRUITMENT

Sponsored by: Professionals in Law

Winner: Osborne Clarke

This submission demonstrated the dramatic impact that a proper, well-executed direct sourcing strategy can have on a firm. The judges particularly liked the structured approach taken and the rigorous measurement of results against targets established at the outset.


BEST SCHOOL-LEAVER OR APPRENTICESHIP INITIATIVE

Sponsored by: Portus

Winner: Mayer Brown

A groundbreaking vocational scheme leading to direct qualification as a solicitor that ties into the firm's overall diversity strategy. The judges admired the way the scheme is underpinned by diverse work experience, access to a wide support network and is fully integrated with the trainee programme.


BEST HR INNOVATION THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

Sponsored by: Access

Winner: Linklaters

This initiative – using crowdsourcing technology to tackle the issue of work-life balance – stood out as both original and extremely well-executed. It also had an unprecedented level of participation, far exceeding external benchmarks.


EXCELLENCE IN EQUALITY & INCLUSION

Sponsored by: Lewis Silkin LLP

Winner: Clifford Chance

Highly Commended: Eversheds and Pinsent Masons

A clear and ambitious target – to become the employer of choice in law for LGBT people – was backed up by exceptional energy and focus. This important issue was tackled at every level within the business and the results demonstrated a palpable change in culture and a transformed reputation externally.


EXCELLENCE IN LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT

Sponsored by: Bowland Solutions

Winner: Ashurst

Highly Commended: Hugh James

A creative, cost-effective solution providing skills development globally through fully interactive online workshops. The exceptional feedback highlighted the quality and effectiveness of the programme and demonstrated a level of engagement rarely seen with online interventions.


HR BUSINESS IMPACT

Sponsored by: Advanced

Winner: Trowers & Hamlins

Highly Commended: Ashurst

The statistics in this submission, highlighting the impact of the firm's Paralegal Academy, were particularly powerful. Equally compelling was the way in which it combined with the firm's commitment to social mobility.

 

BEST CSR INITIATIVE

Sponsored by: Charles Cameron & Associates

Winner: Simpson Millar

Highly Commended: Nabarro

A truly inspiring initiative involving volunteer drivers who delivered aid direct to those who needed it most. The commitment and passion from across the firm, in coordinating collections and supporting the drivers, shone through.


BEST HEALTH & WELLBEING (FOR FIRMS OF UP TO 750 EMPLOYEES)

Sponsored by: Roodlane Medical

Winner: Reed Smith

A comprehensive programme that covered the full breadth of health and wellbeing in an intelligent, coherent manner. The judges were particularly impressed with the quality and depth of offering for a firm of this size.


BEST HEALTH & WELLBEING (FOR FIRMS OF OVER 750 EMPLOYEES)

Sponsored by: Xerox HR Services

Winner: Nabarro

This initiative demonstrated the value that can be achieved by taking a targeted approach to health and wellbeing, and measuring its impact. Data gathered to develop a focused programme helped to ensure the best possible return for both individuals and the firm as a whole.

 

EXCELLENCE IN TALENT MANAGEMENT

Sponsored by: Totum

Winner: Pinsent Masons

Highly Commended: Linklaters

The winners demonstrated a comprehensive talent programme for lawyers that provides a clear link to the firm's partnership gender diversity target. Also impressive was the refreshingly open, analytical selection process for entry onto the programme.

 

BEST TRAINEE RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN

Sponsored by: TARGETjobs Law

Winner: Taylor Wessing

Highly Commended: Allen & Overy and Berwin Leighton Paisner

The judges were impressed by the firm's success in changing perceptions of itself, largely by articulating a powerful link between its client base and its culture. It clearly differentiated itself from its competitors: a notoriously difficult achievement for law firms, not least in this crowded corner of the market.

 

BEST LEGAL WORKPLACE

Sponsored by: Smith & Henderson

Winner: Burges Salmon

Highly Commended: Eversheds

This was an impressive submission that demonstrated strong staff survey results, a commitment to use this feedback to improve further and external recognition across numerous areas. The overriding picture that emerged was of a firm that cares for its people and is committed to providing a great place to work.

 

BEST INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTION

Sponsored by: Oakleaf

Winner: Gun Judge, Addleshaw Goddard

Highly Commended: Lindsay Smart, Trowers & Hamlins

This compelling submission demonstrated a huge contribution and personal commitment outside of the individual’s normal remit. The external endorsements were particularly striking, helping to illustrate a pivotal role in the development of the landmark Trailblazers in Law initiative.

 

RISING STAR

Sponsored by: Law Choice

Winner: Catherine Morgan-Guest, Macfarlanes

This individual faced the challenge of joining a team where everyone, including herself, was new to both the firm and to the legal profession. Not only did she thrive in this situation – showing a strong work ethic, a positive demeanour and a collaborative outlook – she also went on to deliver exceptional results.


THE BLACKBRIDGE COMMUNICATIONS GRAND PRIX AWARD

Sponsored by: Blackbridge Communications

Winner: Clifford Chance, Excellence in Equality & Inclusion