HR IN LAW AWARDS WINNERS 2017


OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

Sponsored by: Aon

Winner: Mills & Reeve

The 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

Sponsored by: Professionals in Law

Winner: Howard Kennedy

This 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

Sponsored by: Portus Consulting

Winner: Horwich Farrelly

This 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

Sponsored by: Legal Market Intelligence

Winner: Rawlison Butler

The 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)

Sponsored by: Roodlane Medical

Winner: Macfarlanes

Simple 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)

Sponsored by: Conduent HR Services

Winner: Trowers & Hamlins

This 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

Sponsored by: Charles Cameron & Associates

Winner: Bristows

This 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

Sponsored by: Advanced

Winner: Shearman & Sterling

A 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

Sponsored by: HARBOUR

Winner: Pinsent Masons

The 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

Sponsored by: Kaplan Altior

Winner: Gowling WLG

Highly Commended: Trowers & Hamlins

With 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

Sponsored by: The Access Group

Winner: Shearman & Sterling

Demonstrating 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

Sponsored by: Damar Training

Winner: Hill Dickinson

The 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

Sponsored by: TARGETjobs Law

Winner: Mayer Brown

Highly Commended: Shearman & Sterling

The 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

Sponsored by: Oakleaf Partnership

Winner: Moira Slape, Travers Smith

This 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.


RISING STAR

Sponsored by: Law Choice Recruitment

Winner: Lauren Carey, Macfarlanes

Highly Commended: Emily Dale, Ashurst

This 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

Sponsored by: Totum

Winner: Shearman & Sterling

This 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.


GRAND PRIX

Sponsored by: Blackbridge Communications

Winner: Gowling WLG, Excellence in Learning & Development