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.

Morette Jackson
Director of Business Development
The University of Law

Morette qualified as a solicitor and worked at Davies Arnold Cooper (now DAC Beachcroft). During her 20 years’ experience of legal education, she has taught and managed many aspects of ULaw’s operations and LPC and Masters’ programmes and was previously the Director of the Moorgate Centre. Morette has extensive experience of working with law firms and is heavily involved in the ongoing development of ULaw's SQE programmes. Morette is a regular speaker on the SQE and early talent strategy for law firms.

Tony Jackson
Founder and MD
Chelsham Legal

Tony Jackson is the MD and Lead Coach at Chelsham Legal, the executive coaching and inclusion business which he established in 2013.

He has worked with or in professional partnerships, including major law firms, professional services firms and management consultancies, since the late 1980s. His coaching client base includes major international, national and niche legal firms.

He has deep experience of executive coaching, inclusion, leadership, change management and HR and held positions up to and including HR Director.

Tony has led or been closely involved with a range of innovative, ground-breaking people projects over the years. Alongside this he qualified as a coach in 2004, building on years’ experience of guiding executives through career transitions and extensive mentoring responsibilities. He has coached at all levels since then, including very senior Partners and CEOs. Tony also consults with a select number of firms on inclusion and inclusive leadership. He is also an accredited coaching supervisor.

Dave Middleton
Managing Director
Benefits Advisory Services

Dave was CEO of Employee Benefits Consultancy Portus until its sale to Aon in 2017 and is now Managing Director of Benefits Advisory Services, an International Employee Benefit Consultancy. He is also Chair of the Association of Medical Insurers and Intermediaries (AMII).

Dave is trustee of Sporting Minds UK a charity that has been set up to support the mental health of aspiring young elite athletes, and Smile for Joel, a charity supporting families torn apart by murder and terrorism.

Mike Mister

I am a Partner in PSFI; an Honorary Professor in the School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London and Senior Fellow in the Human Capital Practice of The Conference Board. I also co-authored the best-selling business book, “How to Lead Smart People”, published by Profile Books and also “From Work Life to New Life – rewriting the rules of retirement for smart professionals”. I currently work with PSFI in supporting the development of leadership and change management capability in organisations full of “Smart People.” ​

My key areas of expertise and interest are at the intersection of strategy, commercial success, and the organisation’s people agenda. I have over 35 years’ experience of working internationally in knowledge-rich organisations, and for most of that time have consulted around the world with partners and leadership teams. In my last major corporate role, I was Global Director for Executive Development at EY Global (formerly Ernst & Young Global).

I have an MBA, BA(Hons) in Psychology, and am a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Associate of the UK Institute of Bankers and a graduate member of the British Psychological Society.

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.

David Shufflebotham

David is a specialist in law firm partner performance evaluation and profit-sharing systems. He provides consultancy and advisory services to leading national and international law firms on effective system design and implementation.

For more than 20 years David has operated at C-Suite level with major law firms – dealing with the full range of strategic people, and partner issues they have faced.

David is a City trained lawyer with Magic Circle and international investment bank experience.

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.