HR IN LAW AWARDS WINNERS 

OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

Sponsored by: Aon

Winner: Hogan Lovells

Judges were impressed by the all-encompassing scope of the initiative that included a variety of communication tools to embed the firm's culture in everyday moments.


EXCELLENCE IN DIRECT RECRUITMENT

Sponsored by: 10x Psychology

Winner: CMS, Macfarlanes, Orrick, Reed Smith, Sidley Austin, and White & Case for 'The Reignite Academy'

Judges were impressed by a pioneering and collaborative approach to critical resourcing issues, which also addresses a growing need to support lawyers seeking to re-enter the profession after a career hiatus.


EXCELLENCE IN TALENT MANAGEMENT

Sponsored by: Vero

Winner: Trowers & Hamlins

Judges were impressed by the forward-thinking approach to the development of future lawyers, utilising different but equally valid pathways into the profession and so boosting social mobility.


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

Sponsored by: Aon

Winner: Taylor Wessing

Judges were impressed by the holistic and wide-ranging approach adopted to address both the mental and physical wellbeing of staff. Initiatives introduced had clear objectives, buy-in from senior management and were turned around within a tight timeframe.


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

Sponsored by: Buck

Winner: Addleshaw Goddard & Pinsent Masons

Highly Commended: Hogan Lovells

Judges were impressed by the excellent collaboration between firms and clients to co-create a meaningful way forward for the legal sector to tackle the root causes of so many wellbeing issues.


BEST CSR INITIATIVE

Sponsored by: Charles Cameron & Associates

Winner: DAC Beachcroft

Highly Commended: Horwich Farrelly

Judges were impressed by the tripartite collaboration between this firm, the NHS and local schools to drive forward a unique initiative that not only benefits all three but also has a positive impact on local communities.


EXCELLENCE IN EQUALITY & INCLUSION

Sponsored by: Meet & Engage

Winner: Shearman & Sterling

Highly Commended: Clifford Chance

Judges were impressed by the specific focus given to the often overlooked needs of people with hidden disabilities and the firm's focus on improving self-declaration rates. Judges also recognised the emphasis on disability inclusivity initiatives and noted the significant jump in disabled applicants.


BEST HR COMMUNICATION

Sponsored by: MHR

Winner: Shearman & Sterling

Highly Commended: Freshfields

Judges were impressed by the innovative, high impact and cost-effective communication strategy that aimed its messages squarely with the target undergraduate audience.


EXCELLENCE IN LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT

Sponsored by: Clyde & Co

Winner: Michelmores

Highly Commended: Gowling WLG

Judges were impressed by the clarity of the firm's objectives, which were clearly linked to their overall business strategy and the demonstrable results.


BEST HR INNOVATION THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

Sponsored by: The Access Group

Winner: Gowling WLG

Judges were impressed by their intelligent use of contemporary solutions that were specifically configured to meet the precise requirements of the firm. Judges were also inspired by the use of technology-based solutions across a broad range of recruitment.


BEST TRAINEE RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN

Sponsored by: Trendence Law

Winner: Clifford Chance

Highly Commended: RPC

Judges were impressed by the evolution of the graduate recruitment process. This now spans the full spectrum of communication channels and is clearly attracting a higher volume of candidates from a more diverse talent pool, including STEM students.


BEST INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTION

Sponsored by: Oakleaf Partnership

Winner: Samantha Hope, Shoosmiths

Judges were impressed by the winner's authentic and far-reaching engagement with social media. She has almost single-handedly transformed the firm’s brand from a graduate recruitment perspective and made it appealing to candidates from more diverse backgrounds.


RISING STAR

Sponsored by: Law Choice Recruitment

Winner: Bhavika Sachania, Trowers & Hamlins

Judges were impressed by their rapid career progression, positive work ethic and their mastering of complex and heavily regulated apprenticeship programmes.


HR TEAM OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by: Totum

Winner: Withers

Judges were impressed by the team's versatility and responsiveness whilst delivering four significant change projects across the firm's London and overseas offices.


GRAND PRIX

Sponsored by: Blackbridge Communications

Winner: CMS, Macfarlanes, Orrick, Reed Smith, Sidley Austin, and White & Case for 'The Reignite Academy', Excellence in Direct Recruitment