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. With regard to the latter, Husnara offers bespoke career transitioning and outplacement programmes for trainee solicitors and associates who are referred to her from a burgeoning client list comprising high-profile City and US law firms.
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.
Phil Gott specialises in training and development for law firms.
Phil is the founder of Firm Academy, an innovative online and mobile learning resource. He also manages the LinkedIn group The Learning & Development Revolution for Law Firms to help firms capitalise on the changes taking place in training and learning.
Phil’s clients include ‘magic circle’ law firms, international firms, niche practices, regional and single-office firms both in the UK and internationally.Phil authored Managing People in a Law Firm in The Law Society’s Practice Management Handbook. He has also written a White Paper on Talent Management in professional service firms. Articles have been published in Professional Marketing, The Law Society Gazette, Solicitors Journal, Accountancy, and Accountancy SA. Phil has authored an ARK research report on Learning & Development in Law firms. Before forming his own consultancy, Phil was UK Head of general practice marketing and Head of Business Training for one of the major accountancy firms. He is a business graduate and chartered accountant.
Dom is responsible for PwC’s People Analytics & Insights practice, which helps organisations to use workforce data to drive business performance. With more than 18 years in industry (Oil and Gas and Financial Services) and consultancy, including assignments in New York and Singapore, Dom collaborates with senior leadership to develop and implement workforce data solutions which support and drive business strategy. Dom has recently published a number of thought leadership papers providing a perspective on how the future of work will be impacted by the shifting expectations and capabilities of governments and regulators, the millennial workforce and digital disruption.
Morette is a qualified solicitor having previously worked at Davies Arnold Cooper (now DAC Beachcroft) and has 20 years’ experience of legal education at the University (formerly the College) of Law. During that time, she has taught and managed many aspects of the University’s operations including the LPC, GDL and other programmes and has been the Director of the Moorgate Centre. As Director of Business Development, she has extensive experience of working with law firms and is heavily involved in the development of the University’s SQE programme portfolio. Morette is also a member of the LETG Advisory Board.
Matt is one of four directors of Infolegal – a law firm risk management and compliance consultancy. He had a first career teaching law before qualifying as a solicitor in 1984 and then working in high street practice as a litigator. Subsequently he was appointed Marketing and Recruitment Director of the then M5 Group (later NRM5) and he now has over 30 years’ experience of law firm management and compliance consultancy and training for clients ranging from top 10 City International practices to High Street firms and Sole Practitioners. His areas of particular expertise are quality management programmes, including ISO 9001 in commercial practice, anti-money laundering compliance programmes and SRA regulation.
Matt is also one of the longest serving speakers for Central Law Training and is a consultant solicitor with the regulatory specialists Jayne Willetts & Co. He has had numerous books published over the years including, most recently, “Money Laundering Compliance for Solicitors” (Professional Compliance Publishing).
Clare advises US and UK law firms and their partners on partnership and employment law issues, including on sexual harassment and other partner conduct allegations. She is also the specialist adviser to the House of Commons Women & Equalities Committee in its Parliamentary Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.
Rachel originally trained as an Avionics Software Engineer working within the defence sector at British Aerospace, later transferring to a senior position within the human resources function.
An interest in employment law led her to study for the Solicitors’ Final Examinations and join the University of Law working for 15 years in various senior operational roles leading up to Operations Director.
Rachel is founder and Director of Global Butterflies, a company that helps businesses to create trans* inclusive environments.
She is Vice Chair of The Law Society LGBT Lawyers Division Committee representing trans* solicitors working within the legal profession and is a trans* ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors. Rachel also works with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in regard to trans-inclusion.
Rachel is a GiveOut.Org Trustee, a charity that funds LGBT+ causes worldwide.
Rachel is also a member of the Inter-Comms LGBT committee that represents LGBT+ people working in the advertising and marketing sector. She further works with Just Like Us, a charity that mentors LGBT+ graduates looking for their first roles in business.
She was nominated for the European Diversity Award’s, Coca-Cola Hero of the Year Award in 2017.
In 2018, Rachel addressed the Pride In London Gala Dinner in regard to trans* rights in the UK.
Weedie Sisson, MBA, FCIPD has worked in the legal sector for almost two decades, with some of the top UK and US law firms.
Prior to setting up People First in 2007, she held board level HR and senior management positions, working within a range of remits including leadership, performance and people management, workplace conflict resolution, and organisational change and development.
She is a qualified executive coach and mentor, skilled OD and HR consultant and a popular choice of facilitator, combining academic rigour, business acumen and practicality in an interactive way.
Lisa began her career in management consulting, becoming a partner at Arthur Andersen and Director of Brand, specialising in leadership, communication and change management. She later became Director of Brand and Communication at Deloitte.
Following her own six year career break, Lisa founded She’s Back, an organisation which campaigns to raise awareness of the potential, skills and experience offered by women returning to work after a career break or career hiatus. She recently co-authored She’s Back: Your Guide to Returning to Work which Arianna Huffington describes as a “Must have guide to get more women back into the workplace”.
Lisa is co-founder of the Reignite Academy, a unique collaboration between six city law firms to enable career break lawyers to get back on track. Founder firms are CMS, Macfarlanes, Orrick, Reed Smith, Sidley and White & Case. The Academy welcomed its first cadre of candidates in January 2019.
She was recently named as one of LinkedIn Top Voices, 2018 for her writing on women in the workplace and diversity in general.