The UK Diversity Legal Awards are the only industry awards which focus solely on recognising and promoting; equality, diversity and inclusion, across the legal profession.

Submissions are invited that cover one, some or all aspects of diversity; to include age, faith, social mobility, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation and ethnicity.

For supporters and winners of a UK Diversity Legal Award, this provides a platform from which to raise the profile of the excellent work being done and also demonstrate a proactive commitment to this important area of the profession’s development.

In particular, it’s hoped that these awards will help raise standards across the profession, as those making submissions seek to create ever-more impactful policies, processes and initiatives.

A black-tie event, the awards dinner also presents a great opportunity to say “thank you”, to the teams and individuals within those organisations who have a hands-on role in managing and delivering on this important area of work

The UK Diversity Legal Awards is a BSN initiative.

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The 2015 UK Diversity Legal Awards and 20th Anniversary of BSN celebration took place on Tuesday 24 November 2015 at a glittering black-tie event held at the five-star Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London.

Over 200 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.

Presented by renown broadcaster, Zeinab Badawi, 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 achievement in enhancing diversity in the legal profession, an opportunity to reflect on and showcase the positive impact BSN has made in its 20 years and an inspiration to continue in our endeavours in striving for an equal profession.

Congratulations to all finalists and winners!

Full list of 2015 UK Diversity Legal Awards winners:

UK Diversity Legal Awards 2015 – Winners gallery

Recruitment – Attracting Talent: Hogan Lovells LLP

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Retention – Talent Management: Linklaters LLP

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Firm of the Year: Freeths LLP

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International firm of the year: Fasken Martineau

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City 10 Firm of the Year: Linklaters LLP

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Chambers of the Year: Coram Chambers

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Diversity Champion: Sally Penni (Kenworthy Chambers, Manchester)

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BSN Rising Star : Shaunée James (Reed Smith LLP)

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BSN Outstanding Lawyer of the Year: Sophie Chandauka (Head of Group Treasury (Legal), Virgin Money Group)

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BSN Lifetime Achievement Award: Walter H. White, Jr (Partner, McGuireWoods LLP, London)

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2015 Winners Photo Gallery | 2015 Event Photo Gallery