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People in Law Awards 2021 – our winners

The People in Law Awards, in association with Professionals in Law, took place virtually on Thursday 10th 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 Zoe Lyons and Daliso Chaponda, 17 awards were handed out to firms and individuals in recognition of their hard work and achievements across the industry.

Congratulations to the team at Ashurst for being awarded the top prize of the night for their social mobility entry – a well-deserved win!

Alison Hardy, Dispute Resolution Partner & Head of the Social Mobility Network, said: “Winning the award for Best Social Mobility Initiative and overall best HR initiative is a great accolade and a fitting testament to the team’s dedication and absolute focus on addressing barriers to access and creating an environment in which people from all backgrounds can succeed. Ashurst’s approach to recruitment is comprehensive and inclusive, and we are incredibly proud of the work that our Early Careers and Social Impact teams have undertaken to ensure our recruitment processes are open and accessible to all, with the ultimate aim of providing a direct pathway into Ashurst and a profession in law.”

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

Excellence in Learning & Development
Winner – Mishcon de Reya

Best Apprenticeship Initiative
Winner – Ashurst

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

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

Best CSR Initiative
Winner – Macfarlanes

Best Social Mobility Initiative
Winner – Ashurst

Excellence in Equality & Inclusion
Winner – Gowling WLG
Highly Commended – Trowers & Hamlins

Best HR Innovation Through Technology
Winner – Macfarlanes

Best Trainee Recruitment Campaign
Winner – Dentons
Highly Commended – Gowling WLG

Most Innovative HR Initiative
Winner – DAC Beachcroft

Best Organisational Response to COVID-19
Winner – Kingsley Napley
Highly Commended – Ropes & Gray

Best Individual Contribution
Winners – Elisa Lewis, Mills Selig, and Sue Brooks, Trowers & Hamlins

Rising Star
Winner – Sophia Cox, Gowling WLG

Senior HR Ally
Winner –Fiona McBride, Withers & Rogers

HR Team of the Year (For firms of up to 750 employees including Partners)
Winner – Penningtons Manches Cooper

HR Team of the Year (For firms of over 750 employees including Partners)
Winner – Trowers & Hamlins

Grand Prix
Winner – Ashurst, Best Social Mobility Initiative 

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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