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. 

Andrew Baird
Director of Consulting
Blackbridge Communications

Andrew has over twenty-five years’ experience in marketing services and recruitment communications, winning awards in ceremonies as far afield as New York, Chicago, London and Hollywood. The majority of Andrew’s work is in employer brand. Organisations that have benefited from his skills include KPMG, MI6, Aviva, PizzaExpress, Asda, PepsiCo, Hilton, De La Rue, Balfour Beatty and Deutsche Bank. He also works extensively with law firms, and was the inaugural Chair of Judges of the HR in Law Awards.

Pauline Caldwell
Momentum Business Consulting

Pauline has worked as a Global HR Director, HR Consultant, Executive Coach and Non-Executive Director at a strategic and operational level primarily within professional services environments, including Law, Accountancy, Engineering, Healthcare & Risk.

She is adept at operating both internationally and at the highest organisational levels, advising Boards, senior leaders and their teams. She has operated with a broad commercial remit and brings an excellent understanding of the complexities of the different business environments in which people work. She draws on her energy, drive and passion to become a trusted confidante and advisor by being honest, straight-talking, warm, pragmatic and practical in her style and approach.

Most of all, she’s a people champion. She recognises that although no one size fits all, support, balanced with a healthy challenge enables us to reach our full potential. She also helps her clients to prioritise wellbeing and balance in order to achieve peak performance.

Clare Murray
Founder and Managing Partner
CM Murray LLP

Clare Murray is the founder and Managing Partner of CM Murray LLP, specialising in partnership and employment law.

Clare acts for US and UK professional services firms (particularly in the legal sector), and for equity partners in professional services and investment management firms.

She has particular expertise in the strategic handling of partner conduct and performance issues, partner exits, team moves and restrictive covenants, as well as partner discrimination and whistleblowing complaints and litigation.

Clare has advised on many sexual harassment matters in law and accounting firms, and in multi-national organisations, and has extensive experience of representing complainants, firms and employers, and those accused of alleged harassment. In January 2018, Clare gave expert evidence to the House of Commons Women & Equalities Committee in respect of its Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Inquiry. In March 2018 Clare was appointed as the specialist adviser to the House of Commons Women & Equalities Committee in respect of that Inquiry.

Clare played a leading role in the creation of the Professional Practices Alliance. Clare is also regarded as a market leader in providing strategic advice to senior executives, founders, US and multi-national companies with UK operations, and US and UK law firms on their employment law issues.

Many of the employment law matters in which Clare is involved are cross-border. Clare was instrumental in setting up global employment law alliance, Innangard and Innangard Executives.

Clare was named “Labour & Employment Lawyer of the Year” for two years running at the Who’s Who Legal Awards 2020 and 2021. She is also ranked as a “Global Elite Thought Leader” by Who’s Who Legal Labour and Employment 2021.

Rachel Reese
Founder and CEO
Global Butterflies

Rachel originally trained as an Avionics Software Engineer working within the defence sector, later transferring to a senior position within human resources.

An interest in employment law led her to study for the Solicitors’ Final Examinations. As a woman with trans history she was unable to obtain a position within a law firm in the 1990s, so instead joined the University of Law working for 15 years in various senior operational roles leading up to Production Director.

Rachel is founder and CEO of Global Butterflies, a company that is hugely successful in helping businesses to create trans & non-binary inclusive environments. Global Butterflies donates much of its time and profits to other LGBTQI causes and events.

She was Vice Chair of The Law Society LGBT Lawyers Division Committee representing trans & non-binary solicitors and is a trans & non-binary ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors. Rachel has worked with many law firms in regard to their trans & non-binary inclusion journeys.

Rachel is a GiveOut.Org Trustee, a charity that funds LGBTQI+ causes worldwide. She is honoured to be a judge for the People in Law, InsideOut and OutVertising awards each year.

In 2019, she wrote the acclaimed “Lloyds of London Trans & Non-binary Inclusion Guide” and also contributed to the popular “Guide to Gender Neutral Drafting” with the Government Legal Department.

Rachel joined the IGLTAF trans & nonbinary board in 2021. Advising on tourism support for trans & non-binary travellers. D&I Leaders listed Rachel as one of their Inspirational D&I Leaders in 2021. In 2022, Rachel was listed as a Pride Inclusion Advocate by Pride Life Global.

Dr Gwenllian Williams
Managing Director
deWinton-Williams Consulting

Gwenllian gained a B.A., M.Sc. and a Ph.D in Scotland. She is a doctor of psychology and became a chartered occupational psychologist in 1995. She is also a Meyler Campbell trained executive coach and a qualified NLP practitioner with a reputation for a no-nonsense approach to unblocking potential.

She leads projects across all deWinton-Williams service offerings and has a market reputation for bringing pragmatism and creativity in equal measure. Her work in development has contributed to two national awards from the Legal Education and Training Group and she was voted Trainer of the year in 2008. Since then her talent work has delivered several national and international awards for deWinton-Williams and our clients. Through 2020 she converted the full talent development portfolio to enable virtual delivery. Gwenllian has worked with lawyers for over 20 years and specialises in workplace resilience, using her research background to give pragmatic advice on how to look after mind, body and soul when under pressure. She has developed a range of services in this area and is currently supporting firms as they move to home-based working.

Gwenllian is also a qualified mediator and specialises in workplace and family business mediation.