2018 AWARDS

RESULTS 2018

The 2018 UK Diversity Legal Awards celebration took place on Wednesday 21 November 2018 at a glittering black-tie gala event held at the prestigious Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London. Over 300 hundred guests attended the ceremony with representation from a cross-section of firms, chambers and legal industry bodies, including the Law Society of England and Wales and the Solicitors Regulation Authority and sector stakeholders.

Presented by accomplished BBC Presenter and Correspondent, Reeta Chakrabarti, the UK Diversity Legal Awards (a BSN initiative) recognise and promote excellence and good practice in the areas of equality, diversity and inclusion across the legal profession. It was an evening of celebration of the exceptional achievements of the Award finalists, winners and those highly commended in driving positive change in the sector.

Congratulations to all finalists and winners!

WINNERS

BSN Lifetime Achievement Award

BSN Lifetime Achievement Award

Courtenay Griffiths QC, 25 Bedford Row

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Recruiting Diverse Talent

Recruiting Diverse Talent

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

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Managing Diverse Talent

Managing Diverse Talent

Freemans Solicitors

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BSN Rising Star (Private Practice)

BSN Rising Star (Private Practice)

Claudine Adeyemi, Associate, Mischon de Reya LLP

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BSN Rising Star (Chambers)

BSN Rising Star (Chambers)

Abimbola Johnson, Barrister, 25 Bedford Row

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BSN Rising Star (In-house Legal)

BSN Rising Star (In-house Legal)

Coleen Mensa, Trainee Solicitor, Ernst & Young

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BSN Rising Star (Entrepreneurship)

BSN Rising Star (Entrepreneurship)

Isaac Eloi, Trainee Solicitor, Freeths LLP

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Diversity Champion

Diversity Champion

Rachel Crasnow QC, Cloisters

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Law Firm Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year

Law Firm Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year

Latham & Watkins LLP (Social Mobility initiative)

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Chambers Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year

Chambers Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year

Radcliffe Chambers (Social Mobility initiative)

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Access to Justice

Access to Justice

Latham & Watkins LLP

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Outstanding BAME Employee Network of the Year

Outstanding BAME Employee Network of the Year

Clifford Chance LLP

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BSN Lawyer of the Year

BSN Lawyer of the Year

Sonali Naik QC, Garden Court Chambers

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HIGHLY COMMENDED

Diversity Champion

Diversity Champion

Jonathan Andrews, Trainee Solicitor, Reed Smith LLP

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BSN Lifetime Achievement

BSN Lifetime Achievement

Kishoree Kotecha-Pau, Partner, Freemans Solicitors

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2018 Finalists

ORGANISATION/TEAM AWARDS

Recruiting Diverse Talent

  • Burges Salmon LLP
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Reed Smith LLP

 

Managing Diverse Talent

  • Freemans Solicitors
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Shearman & Sterling LLP

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

 

Law Firm

  • Hogan Lovells LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Linklaters LLP
  • Trowers & Hamlins LLP

 

Chambers

  • Justitia Chambers
  • Radcliffe Chambers

 

Outstanding Multi-cultural / BAME Employee Network

  • Clifford Chance LLP
  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors Ltd

 

Access to Justice

  • Clifford Chance LLP
  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors Ltd
  • Latham & Watkins LLP

    INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

    Diversity Champion

    • Christina Warner, Barrister, 1 MCB Chambers
    • Isabelle Cox, University of Manchester
    • Jonathan Andrews, Trainee Solicitor, Reed Smith LLP
    • Rachel Crasnow QC, Cloisters

     

    BSN Rising Star (Private Practice)

    • Claudine Adeyemi, Associate, Mischon de Reya LLP
    • Ademola Bamgbose, Trainee Solicitor, Hogan Lovells LLP
    • Fameeda Shafiq, Solicitor, Ward Hadaway
    • Rachel Welch-Phillips (née Callender), Associate, Bird & Bird LLP

     

    BSN Rising Star (Chambers)

    • Abimbola Johnson, Barrister, 25 Bedford Row
    • Una Morris, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

     

    BSN Rising Star (In house legal)

    • Coleen Mensa, Trainee Solicitor, Ernst & Young
    • Stephanie Amoah, AVP, Barclays Bank

     

    BSN Rising Star (Entrepreneurship)

    • Aji Ayorinde, Associate, Ashurst LLP
    • Isaac Eloi, Trainee Solicitor, Freeths LLP
    • Shaheen Mamun, Solicitor, Black Antelope Law

     

    BSN Lawyer of the Year

    • Christina Warner, Barrister, 1 MCB Chambers
    • David Ampaw, Partner, DLA Piper
    • Sonali Naik QC, Garden Court Chambers

     

    BSN Lifetime Achievement

    • Courtenay Griffiths QC, 25 Bedford Row
    • Kishoree Kotecha-Pau, Partner, Freemans Solicitors

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