Each of the awards will be judged by a panel of experts from the worlds of HR and law. Likewise, the process itself will be robust and rigorous. Once entry deadlines have closed, judges will initially study all submissions before coming together to debate the merits of all entrants, in order to then announce the shortlist. The final winners will then be decided in a second subsequent session.

Andrew Baird
Director of Consulting
Blackbridge Communications

Andrew has over twenty-five years’ experience in marketing services and recruitment communications, winning awards in ceremonies as far afield as New York, Chicago, London and Hollywood. The majority of Andrew’s work is in employer brand. Organisations that have benefited from his skills include KPMG, MI6, Aviva, PizzaExpress, Asda, PepsiCo, Hilton, De La Rue, Balfour Beatty and Deutsche Bank. He also works extensively with law firms, and was the inaugural Chair of Judges of the HR in Law Awards.

James Clench

James is MD of Harpswood, a Blackbridge Group communications agency which specialises in employer PR.

James started his career on The Sun’s editorial graduate trainee scheme. He remained in national newspaper journalism for 16 years, covering domestic and international news stories before moving into a newsdesk role and becoming Head of News. He moved into PR in 2016 and now runs his own communications agency in conjunction with Blackbridge.

James’s PR career has seen him advise global corporations, disrupters and entrepreneurs in areas of communications including diversity and inclusion, social mobility and all aspects of employer PR. He has worked with organisations including Octopus Energy, Capital One, Reed, HCA Healthcare, Virgin Experience Days and Police Now.

Miranda Hilton

Miranda is the founder of strategic advisory and search business, Group8. Miranda has 20 years’ experience in her field, consulting to leading law firms and corporations around the world. Her specialist chosen subject is growth! With experience gained across Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Europe (having lived in all of those locations) her knowledge and expertise is truly global.

The selection of clients on whose behalf Miranda has acted include global law firms and major listed and private entities. She works closely with senior management teams acting as an extension of their business, providing innovative tailored strategic advisory and growth solutions which ultimately lead to the expansion of their teams, footprint and revenue. Interconnected to this, she has supported many senior practitioners to make career moves which have a transformational impact on their career as well as on the organisation which they join.

She has been described as having ‘unsurpassed industry knowledge, unquestionable integrity and a pragmatic approach’, being ‘commercially astute’ and being ‘passionate about the need for change and authenticity in the legal market, and champions that change in all she does’.

Morette Jackson
Director of Business Development
The University of Law

Morette is a qualified solicitor having previously worked at Davies Arnold Cooper (now DAC Beachcroft) and has 20 years’ experience of legal education at the University (formerly the College) of Law. During that time, she has taught and managed many aspects of the University’s operations including the LPC, GDL and other programmes and has been the Director of the Moorgate Centre. As Director of Business Development, she has extensive experience of working with law firms and is heavily involved in the development of the University’s SQE programme portfolio. Morette is also a member of the LETG Advisory Board.

Tony Jackson
Founder and MD
Chelsham Legal

Tony Jackson is the founder and MD at Chelsham Legal, the executive coaching and inclusion consultancy. He has worked with or in professional partnerships, including various major law firms, professional services firms and management consultancies, since the late 1980s. His current client base includes major international, national and niche legal firms. He has deep experience of executive coaching, inclusion, recruitment & HR and previously held positions up to and including HR Director.

Tony has led or been closely involved with a range of innovative, ground-breaking people projects over the years including the implementation of one of the first HR Shared Service centres in the UK in the 1990s, early adoption of e-recruitment and EVP (also in the 1990s), setting up and running an internal HR consultancy at PwC as part of a unique new HR delivery model, devising a ground-breaking approach to people metrics in 2001, work to establish a culture of high-performance in more than one firm, establishment of Centres of Excellence, creation of HR & People Strategies and Responsible Leadership Development.

He qualified as a coach in 2004, building on years of experience guiding executives through career transitions and extensive mentoring responsibilities. He has coached at all levels since then, including very senior Partners and CEOs. Tony also consults with a select number of firms on inclusion and inclusive leadership. He is currently studying, again, at Hult Ashridge Business School with a view to qualifying as an accredited coaching supervisor.

Dave Middleton
Consultant, Non Executive Director and Coach

Dave was CEO of Employee Benefits Consultancy Portus until its sale to Aon in 2017 and now works as a Consultant for CWB, part of the Radiant Financial Group, and an Executive Director of BAS. Both are Employee Benefit Consultancies. He is also a Non Executive Director and Coach.

Dave is trustee of Sporting Minds UK a charity that has been set up to support aspiring young elite athletes, and Smile for Joel, a charity supporting families torn apart by murder and terrorism.

Clare Murray
Founder and Managing Partner
CM Murray LLP

Clare Murray is Managing Partner of specialist UK employment and partnership law firm CM Murray LLP.

She and her colleagues represent multinational employers, senior executives, professional services firms, and equity partners on employment and partnership law issues, and the Firm is ranked by the legal directories as Tier 1 for both of its practice areas.

Clare has extensive expertise in the strategic handling of partner conduct and performance issues, partner team moves and partner restrictive covenants, as well as partner discrimination and whistleblowing issues and related litigation. Clare has advised on many sexual harassment matters relating to law firms and other professional services firms. She has acted on all sides of the allegations in those matters, having represented the law firm, the complainant, and also the alleged harasser, which gives her a particular insight into these issues.

In March 2018, Clare gave evidence to, and was subsequently appointed specialist adviser by, the House of Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee into its Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.

Clare was named “Labour & Employment Lawyer of the Year” at the Who’s Who Legal Awards 2020. She is ranked in Chambers & Partners 2021 as a “Star Individual” for partnership law (contentious); in Band 3 for partnership law (non-contentious); and in Band 1 for employment law (senior executive). She is also ranked as a “Leading Individual” in the Legal 500 2021 Hall of Fame for partnership law, employment law (senior executives) and employment law (employers).

Rachel Reese
Founder and CEO
Global Butterflies

Rachel originally trained as an Avionics Software Engineer working within the defence sector at British Aerospace, later transferring to a senior position within the human resources function.

An interest in employment law led her to study for the Solicitors’ Final Examinations and join the University of Law working for 15 years in various senior operational roles leading up to Production Director.

Rachel is founder and CEO of Global Butterflies, a company that is extremely successful in helping businesses to create trans & non-binary inclusive environments.

She is Vice Chair of The Law Society LGBT Lawyers Division Committee representing trans & non-binary solicitors working within the legal profession and is a trans & non-binary ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors. Rachel also works with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regarding trans & non-binary inclusion.

Rachel is a GiveOut.Org Trustee, a charity that funds LGBT+ causes worldwide. She also judges the People in Law awards each year. She was nominated for the European Diversity Award’s, Coca-Cola Hero of the Year Award.

In 2018, Rachel addressed the Pride in London Gala Dinner regarding trans & non-binary rights in the UK and in 2019, the Pride in London sponsors’ breakfast.

In 2020, Rachel was honoured to be added to the InsideOut LeaderBoard as a senior leader who openly speaks about mental health in the workplace based on her own experiences.

David Shufflebotham

David is a specialist in law firm partner evaluation and reward providing consultancy and advisory services to leading national and international law firms. He is a City trained lawyer with Magic Circle and international investment bank experience.

For over 20 years David has operated at C-Suite level with major law firms, during that time he has dealt with the full range of strategic people, and partner issues they have faced.

David’s consulting business focuses on creating effective and impactful alignment of partner evaluation and reward with a firm’s strategic goals and business imperatives. He has a deep understanding of how law firms and the partnership business model work through a combination of extensive practical experience and academic rigour and research.

Specifically, over the past ten years, David’s focus has been on design and implementation of partner evaluation and reward arrangements and integrating people and governance aspects for expanding international businesses.

Weedie Sisson
Owner Principal
People First

Weedie Sisson, MBA, FCIPD has worked in the legal sector for almost two decades, with some of the top UK and US law firms. Prior to setting up People First in 2007, she held board level HR and senior management positions, working within a range of remits including leadership, performance and people management, workplace conflict resolution, and organisational change and development. She is a qualified executive coach and mentor, skilled OD and HR consultant and a popular choice of facilitator, combining academic rigour, business acumen and practicality in an interactive way.