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The People in Law Awards – back IRL and better than ever

The People in Law Awards bounced back spectacularly as a live event – with nearly 400 people turning up for the glitzy show on May 5th.

The evening, at London’s Tobacco Dock, included drinks, dancing and dinner (including a delicious deconstructed cheesecake). In the awards, Pinsent Masons scooped the Grand Prix and there were wins for Addleshaw Goddard, Kingsley Napley, Clifford Chance, TLT, Shoosmiths, Mills & Reeve, Clyde & Co, Shearman & Sterling, Shakespeare Martineau, BDB Pitmans and Ampa.

Individuals from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Macfarlanes and Taylor Wessing were also recognised.

The evening was presented by self-styled German comedy ambassador, Henning Wehn – a stand-up famous for appearances on TV shows such as Would I Lie to You, Have I Got News For You and 8 Out of 10 Cats. His introduction, delivered in his inimitable accent, set the tone for a relaxed but lively evening.

Event co-organiser Fiona Wilson said: ‘It was great to be back in real life after two years hosting a digital event. We had more entries in more categories than ever before. We’re already looking forward to organising next year’s celebration.’

The winners of the categories were:

  1. Excellence in Learning & Development, sponsored by Intelligent Office – Addleshaw Goddard
  2. Best Health & Wellbeing Initiative (for firms of up to 750 employees), sponsored by Fertifa – Kingsley Napley
  3. Best Health & Wellbeing Initiative (for firms of over 750 employees), sponsored by Fertifa – Pinsent Masons
  4. Best Internal Engagement Campaign, sponsored by Bowland Software – Clifford Chance
  5. Best Environmental Initiative, sponsored by The Sustainable Recruitment Alliance – TLT
  6. Best Social Mobility Initiative, sponsored by Meet & Engage– Shoosmiths
  7. Excellence in Equality & Inclusion, sponsored by Clyde & Co – Mills & Reeve
  8. Best Innovation Through Technology, sponsored by Natural HR– Clyde & Co
  9. Best Early Talent Recruitment Campaign, sponsored by targetjobs – Shearman & Sterling
  10. Most Innovative People Initiative, sponsored by Charles Cameron & Associates– Clifford Chance
  11. Best Global HR Initiative, sponsored by Cushon – Clifford Chance
  12. Best Organisational Response to COVID-19, sponsored by CM Murray LLP – Shakespeare Martineau
  13. Best People Professional, sponsored by Oakleaf Partnership – Carrie-Ann Odlum, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  14. Rising Star, sponsored by Law Choice – Carys Philipps-Harries, Macfarlanes
  15. Best People Leader, sponsored by Totum – Wendy Tomlinson, Taylor Wessing
  16. HR Team of the Year (for firms of up to 750 employees), sponsored by Vero Screening – BDB Pitmans
  17. HR Team of the Year (for firms of over 750 employees), sponsored by Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing – Ampa
  18. Grand Prix, sponsored by Blackbridge – Pinsent Masons

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