Each of the awards will be judged by a panel of experts from the worlds of HR and law. Likewise, the process itself will be robust and rigorous. Once entry deadlines have closed, judges will initially study all submissions before coming together to debate the merits of all entrants, in order to then announce the shortlist. The final winners will then be decided in a second subsequent session.
Husnara Begum is a career strategist / coach with over 20 years’ experience of working in the legal sector. She launched her own consultancy in early 2013, focussing on qualified lawyer recruitment, business / soft skills training and most recently career coaching.
Areas in which Husnara offers training include time management, resilience, personal branding and networking. She also regularly trains senior lawyers, including partners, on how to confidently manage relationships with journalists and helps them to devise longer-term press strategies. Additionally, Husnara heads the Law Society Careers Clinic and regularly offers support to qualified lawyers who either face redundancy or are trying to return to the profession after lengthy career breaks.
Before moving into legal recruitment in 2011, Husnara spent almost a decade as a journalist on The Lawyer as both the City editor and editor of the high-profile magazine’s student title Lawyer 2B, spearheading the launch of Lawyer2B.com. Prior to that, she was a corporate associate at magic circle firm Linklaters where she spent just under five years specialising in public M&A and equity capital markets.
Outside of work Husnara enjoys cooking for friends, art, travel, watching chick flicks and is also the captain of a local pub quiz team in her home town of Tunbridge Wells.
Geoff is a senior practitioner with over thirty years’ experience working in the professional services sector. Having initially qualified as a Chartered Accountant he “saw the light” early on in his career and transferred over to the people side of the business.
His roles have included being National Training Manager at Spicer & Oppenheim (now part of Deloitte); National Staff Partner at Baker Tilly; HR Director and Partner Coach at BLP; and latterly People & Development Advisor and Board Member of Lawyers On Demand.
Henry is a Partner of the Møller PSF Group, focusing on the areas of leadership and coaching. He specialises in research, coaching and mentoring and has extensive experience in the design and development of leadership programmes. Henry is an experienced facilitator, case study leader and presenter who works with individuals and large groups. His studies in psychology and his continuing interest in this field give him the tools and techniques that support people facing challenges at work. Having worked in a professional service firm, Henry has practical insights into the special nature of these organisations.
Clare Murray is founder and Managing Partner of specialist UK employment and partnership law firm, CM Murray LLP. She and her colleagues represent multinational employers and senior executives on the full range of UK employment law issues; and professional services firms (including many law firms) and their equity partners on a wide range of partnership law issues. Most of Clare’s employment and partnership law matters are cross-border.
Clare is ranked as a Star Individual by Chambers & Partners and as a Leading Individual by Legal 500, for Partnership law. CM Murray LLP is ranked in Band 1 in Chambers & Partners for Partnership Law and is described as a team of ‘truly focused partnership experts’ headed by the ‘knowledgeable and supremely strategic’ Clare Murray.
CM Murray is also a founding member of Professional Practices Alliance, a multi-disciplinary collaboration between leading independent firms who advise professional services firms on partnership law, tax, remuneration, accountancy and regulatory issues.
Rachel originally trained as an Avionics Software Engineer working within the defence sector at British Aerospace; she later transferred to a senior position within the human resources function.
An interest in employment law, led her to study the CPE and LPC and join the College of Law (University of Law) working for 15 years in various senior operational roles leading up to Production Director.
Presently, Rachel is CEO of Global Butterflies, a consultancy that helps businesses to create trans* inclusive environments for both their staff and clients.
She is also Vice Chair of The Law Society LGBT Lawyers Division Committee representing trans* solicitors working within the legal profession and is also a trans* ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors.
Chris Roebuck has been a leader and developed leaders in the military, business and government. He was formerly Global Head of Leadership at UBS, where his work is now part of a Harvard Business School Case Study on successful leadership development, culture change and transformation.
Chris has worked with law firms developing leaders, mentors and culture change and more widely with organisations from HSBC, RBS, the UK National Health Service and London Underground to the Myanmar Red Cross and Chinese Space Programme. He is Visiting Professor of Transformational Leadership at Cass Business School and has been on the HR Most Influential Thinkers list most years since 2010. In the media Chris has been interviewed over 300 times on TV and quoted in many global publications on business and leadership issues.
Sasha Scott has a degree in psychology, is a qualified behavioural coach and studied counselling at LSE after a career within investment banking. Thereafter she set up the Inclusive Group - a consultancy that focuses on promoting inclusion and reducing unconscious bias to a global client base. She is considered a thought leader on diversity, bias, inclusivity and managing psychological health.
She is passionate about authentic leadership development and a firm supporter of LGBT issues within the workplace. Sasha has appeared on the BBC and in The Times, The Guardian, City AM, The Lawyer, Law Gazette, Accountancy Age, Personnel Today and Recruiter magazine.
Julia works closely with the EMEA Leadership Team and the C-Suite in the US and, through her management of the European operations, ensures that the business is supported by functional teams who are focused on providing exceptional service to enable the business to deliver on its strategic objectives. Julia is a values driven professional who has extensive experience in professional services firms driving businesses forward through effective business management, people development and employee engagement to create high performing, collaborative environments.
Julia began her career as a lawyer, qualifying with Linklaters, before embarking on a career in HR and, more recently operations. Julia has spent two periods at Slaughter and May, the most recent as Interim Head of HR, prior to which Julia spent 11 years with Dewey & LeBoeuf, latterly as Chief Administrative Officer.
Julia holds an LLB (Hons) from Exeter University, qualified as a solicitor (but is now non-practising), and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Julia also recently completed the Meyler Campbell Business Coach Programme and has completed the Harvard Business School’s “Leading Professional Services Firm” programme.