HR IN LAW AWARDS WINNERS 2017
OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT
Winner: Mills & ReeveThe judges were impressed with the highly engaging process and the strong connection to the strategic vision. The priority given by the new leadership to the importance of talent and the value placed on collecting data to demonstrate the effectiveness of the strategy was also acknowledged.
EXCELLENCE IN DIRECT RECRUITMENT
Winner: Howard KennedyThis team stepped back and went to the root of the problem and in turn made a huge difference to quality and attrition rates. A well thought through strategy with clear measurables meant they were able to demonstrate the difference the new approach had made.
EXCELLENCE IN TALENT MANAGEMENT
Winner: Horwich FarrellyThis firm was able to demonstrate a real shift in culture and approach regarding talent and retention. Involving other disciplines like marketing, they stepped back from fine tuning business as usual and reengineered their approach and offer completely.
EXCELLENCE IN REWARD & RECOGNITION
Winner: Rawlison ButlerThe judges commented that the total reward approach was bold and holistic taking a comprehensive view of the many things that make an impact. Not only was the alignment with the broader people strategy sound, but the firm demonstrated throughout that it had really listened to its people and responded.
BEST HEALTH & WELLBEING INITIATIVE (FOR FIRMS OF UP TO 750 EMPLOYEES INCLUDING PARTNERS)
Winner: MacfarlanesSimple and impactful, this initiative clearly made a huge difference to many people in the firm with extensive take up in its first year. The ability for this practice to be replicated more broadly was impressive.
BEST HEALTH & WELLBEING INITIATIVE (FOR FIRMS OF OVER 750 EMPLOYEES INCLUDING PARTNERS)
Winner: Trowers & HamlinsThis highly personalised and effective intervention stood out from the rest. It showed a real commitment to making a difference and demonstrated its positive impact on the firm well.
BEST CSR INITIATIVE
Winner: BristowsThis entry was compelling in the depth of response the firm made to adversity and the scale of commitment they made to the charity they launched. The embedding of the initiative and the sustainability that was demonstrated was particularly impressive.
EXCELLENCE IN EQUALITY & INCLUSION
Winner: Shearman & SterlingA well executed project that involved external bodies and engaged many parts of the business. Particularly impressive was the creative use of social media and a clear demonstration of the effectiveness of the programme.
BEST HR COMMUNICATION
Winner: Pinsent MasonsThe extent of the collaboration across the firm was impressive as was the sensitivity of the implementation. The goal clarity and business alignment along with an innovative approach had a significant impact on the firm.
EXCELLENCE IN LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT
Winner: Gowling WLG
Highly Commended: Trowers & HamlinsWith a very clear objective, this intervention demonstrated creativity and pace and an excellent use of limited resources. The L&D team repositioned itself as a true business partner through this replicable and high impact piece of work.
BEST HR INNOVATION THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
Winner: Shearman & SterlingDemonstrating a bold strategic approach with a move away from traditional channels and executed in an engaging way, this intervention had real impact which was clearly linked to the strategic vision.
BEST SCHOOL-LEAVER OR APPRENTICESHIP INITIATIVE
Winner: Hill DickinsonThe judges were impressed with the commitment to making this programme really work for the firm and the people involved. With positive leadership from the very top, they drove real change across both legal and business support roles in a highly integrated fashion.
BEST TRAINEE RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN
Winner: Mayer Brown
Highly Commended: Shearman & SterlingThe campaign was original and eye catching with a fresh and contemporary tone. With great creative execution and a good use of social media, it delivered real results for the firm.
BEST INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTION
Winner: Moira Slape, Travers SmithThis winner demonstrated a breath of contribution delivering a fundamental culture change in a challenging context. Achieving deep engagement with the partnership while also addressing fundamental process change, this individual demonstrated an ability to bring real innovation to bear in a historically traditional environment.
Winner: Lauren Carey, Macfarlanes
Highly Commended: Emily Dale, AshurstThis person carried out a broad role with real commitment and impact embracing every learning and development opportunity. Clearly a true asset for the firm, she has demonstrated through her commitment and ability to lead on sensitive projects that she has huge potential in both her field and in the sector.
HR TEAM OF THE YEAR
Winner: Shearman & SterlingThis team demonstrated that they delivered real business value across a broad range of activities. Within a tough commercial context they responded to business critical issues in a strategic and effective manner highly valued by the firm at large.
Winner: Gowling WLG, Excellence in Learning & Development