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People in Law Awards – our winners

The People in Law Awards, in association with Professionals in Law, took place virtually on Thursday 11th June ­– and what an e-evening it was!

Over 300 legal professionals attended the online ceremony which has now become one of the most hotly anticipated events in the legal HR calendar.

Hosted by the hilarious duo Rachel Parris and Marcus Brigstocke, 15 awards were handed out to firms and individuals for recognition of their hard work and achievements across the industry.

Congratulations to Richard Foley, Senior Partner at Pinsent Masons, for being awarded the top prize of the night for his positive contribution to people in his firm – a well-deserved win!

Jonathan Bond, Director of HR & Learning at Pinsent Masons, said: “I learned two key lessons at the People in Law Awards. First, it is possible to have a highly engaging and enjoyable awards ceremony run virtually. Secondly, it is possible to win four awards in one go if you have an outstanding HR team and a supportive board. The first lesson has helped inspire me to plan a hybrid real/virtual model for our HR & Learning programme in a post-COVID world. The second has encouraged me to keep the foot on the gas to try to win another four awards next year!”

It was a pretty good night for other firms, too. The complete list of winners is as follows:

Outstanding Employee Engagement
Winner – DAC Beachcroft

Excellence in Talent Management and Learning & Development
Winner – Trowers & Hamlins
Highly Commended – Pinsent Masons

Best Apprenticeship Initiative
Winner – Clyde & Co

Best Health & Wellbeing Initiative (For firms of up to 750 employees including Partners)
Winner – Fladgate

Best Health & Wellbeing Initiative (For firms of over 750 employees including Partners)
Winner – Pinsent Masons

Best CSR/Pro Bono Initiative
Winner – Shearman & Sterling

Excellence in Equality & Inclusion
Winner – Horwich Farrelly

Best HR Innovation Through Technology
Winner – Pinsent Masons

Best Trainee Recruitment Marketing Campaign
Winner – Hogan Lovells

Most Innovative HR Initiative
Winner – Clifford Chance
Highly Commended – CMS

Best Individual Contribution
Winner – Mariyam Hassan, Shearman & Sterling

Rising Star
Winner – Yasmina Kone, Clifford Chance

Senior HR Ally
Winner – Richard Foley, Pinsent Masons

HR Team of the Year
Winner – Barcan + Kirby

Grand Prix
Winner – Richard Foley, Pinsent Masons

We’d like to give a big thanks to everyone who donated to our fundraising campaign to support NHS staff and volunteers. Without your help we wouldn’t have been able to raise £6,885 for this very worthy cause. You can still donate here.

Finally, congratulations to all entrants and winners for their high-quality work and thank you to everyone who e-attended. Hopefully we can raise a glass together in person next year!

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