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.
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 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.
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 originally trained as an Avionics Software Engineer working within the defence sector, later transferring to a senior position within HR.
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 regarding their trans & non-binary inclusion journeys.
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 travelers.
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. Also in 2022, Rachel was awarded the Chambers Crystal Award (with her wife Emma), for their visible work in trans & non-binary inclusion.
Dan has worked in HR, talent, employer brand strategy and communication for nearly 20 years, consulting with top law firms including Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Mayer Brown, CMS and Clyde & Co.
He has partnered with firms to develop Employer Value Propositions and Employer Brands to help them compete for trainee talent but also elevate priorities around social mobility, diversity, equity and inclusion as well as CSR and pro bono commitments.
His work has taken him to Ireland, Germany, USA, Japan and China in research, consulting and content creation.
As a communications specialist, Dan has worked extensively with firms in looking at their social media and channels strategies to enable them to deliver their messages to the right audience.
He is delighted to have the honour of being a judge in this year’s People in Law awards alongside such esteemed fellow judges.