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. 

Jonathan Bond

Jonathan is an author, coach and business school student at Ashridge Business School. He coaches leaders and up and coming HR professionals on how to realise their potential and transition to new roles. One of his books, "Workolution" will be published by Bookboon in 2024.

Between 2006 and 2024, Jonathan was global Director of HR & Learning at Pinsent Masons, where he was responsible for devising and implementing the firm's People Strategy. He spearheaded a 150+ strong worldwide HR & Learning team to design HR solutions, and acted as a trusted advisor to the leadership team. Under Jonathan's tenure, the HR team was been widely acknowledged as market-leading, winning awards for diversity, for Learning & development, as well as other team and individual awards. Prior to his role at Pinsent Masons, Jonathan spent 10 years at Allen & Overy and eight years with the NatWest group.

Jonathan lives in a Bedfordshire village with his wife and family. To relax, he plays piano and plays and watches sports, often with his three teenage sons.

Liz Bryant
Head of Engagement
Blackbridge Communications

Liz has over 10 years’ experience devising strategic employee engagement campaigns, working with a diverse range of clients including Southwest Airlines, Lloyds Bank, Roche and Anglo American. She is developing and leading the Employee Engagement practice at Blackbridge Communications. Currently completing a master’s degree in psychology, Liz combines strategic consulting with creativity and applied psychology to amplify communication effectiveness and change behaviours inside organisations.

Chris Bull
Edge International

Chris is a management consultant, retained advisor, business thinker and speaker focused on the legal services sector. Throughout his career he has consistently been a pioneer of alternative business models, innovation and transformation in the sector. His roles include COO and Chief Executive at mould-breaking law firm Osborne Clarke, COO for Europe and the Americas at alternative legal service provider Integreon and working at all four of the Big 4 accounting firms.

He has advised multiple law firms and other professional service organisations in the UK, North America and Asia as part of Edge International’s strategy consulting team. He is a judge for many legal sector awards, including British Legal Technology Awards and Modern Law Awards. He chairs the Legal COO Network and is co-founder and co-chair of Bristol+BathLegalTech. He has written a number of books and best practice guides, most recently The Agile Law Firm, published in 2021.

Sunita Harley
Collective Insight

Sunita is an award-winning Inclusion and Professional Development Consultant who has worked in the legal sector for over 18 years. She has worked in-house as an HR leader and learning and development expert at Herbert Smith Freehills, Slaughter and May and Addleshaw Goddard.

Through her consultancy Collective Insight launched in 2016, she and her team deliver impactful inclusion sessions, inspiring career development programmes and insightful leadership sessions for law firms and other corporate clients. Sunita is also an Executive Coach and previously the Chair of inclusion networks at Taylor Wessing and Slaughter and May. Sunita’s work has been featured in Psychologies, People Management and Elle. Her podcast Lucky Things focuses on looking after our careers, confidence and wellbeing.

Get in touch with Sunita and her team via sunita@collectiveinsight.co.uk or via LinkedIn.

Kevin Hogarth

Kevin is a Non-Executive Director, business adviser and coach. His NED roles include The Law Society of England & Wales and Dimensions UK, a large not-for-profit social care organisation. Through his work with PSFI, where he is a Principal Consultant, he advises professional and financial services firms on people strategy, culture, executive succession planning, governance and diversity, equity and inclusion. He is also currently a DEI adviser to Wellcome Trust. As a coach he works with senior executives across sectors and also acts as a mentor to senior HR leaders.

In recognition of his commitment to creating diverse workforces and inclusive cultures Kevin was included in HR Magazine's Most Influential UK HR Practitioners 2022 and listed as an INvolve Heroes Women Role Model 2021 & 2022 and as a Top 50 Ally Executive in the Outstanding LGBT+ Role Models list 2022. Kevin has also served as a Steering Group member for the government-sponsored Hampton Alexander/FTSE Women Leaders Review.

Prior to embarking on his portfolio career Kevin worked for over 30 years' as an HR executive at Capital One, Freshfields, Norton Rose Fulbright and most recently for KPMG as the UK Chief People Officer.

Kevin holds an honours degree in Politics from the University of York and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He lives in Ealing with his wife Shami.

Chris Lynch

Chris currently spends part of her time as a Non-Executive Director in the recruitment industry and as an Executive Coach and Mentor to senior executives; the remainder of her time she spends on the golf course! She enjoys providing support, challenge and guidance to leadership teams as well as working with those who are new to a leadership role. A particular interest is helping HR professionals overcome their challenges to reach their full potential.

Prior to this Chris has over 30 years’ executive HR experience in Professional Service Firms having worked for EY, Allen & Overy, Baker McKenzie, Herbert Smith Freehills and most recently as Global HR Director at Linklaters. In her HR Director roles, Chris focused on talent, building and leading great HR teams to deliver on the people strategy. She has specialist expertise in Leadership Development, Strategy, Performance Management and Diversity and Inclusion.

Raphael Mokades
Founder and Managing Director

Raphael is the founder and Managing Director of Rare, the multi award-winning leaders in diversity graduate recruitment. Raphael founded Rare in 2005. Today, Rare works with over 150 elite employers, including all five Magic Circle law firms, the top three global strategy consulting firms, two of the world’s top three investment banks, and the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Rare has over 40,000 candidates on its books, and its contextualised recruitment software has processed over a million graduate job applications.

Raphael has a first-class degree from Oxford University. He has written for the Guardian, Times and Financial Times. He has been named in the Economist’s Top 50 Global Diversity List, the FT’s Empower Top 100 Ethnic Minority Executives list, and as Legal Week’s Outstanding Innovator.

Clare Murray
Founder and Managing Partner
CM Murray LLP

Clare Murray is the founder and Managing Partner of CM Murray LLP, specialising in partnership and employment law.

Clare acts for US and UK professional services firms (particularly in the legal sector), and for equity partners in professional services and investment management firms.

She has particular expertise in the strategic handling of partner conduct and performance issues, partner exits, team moves and restrictive covenants, as well as partner discrimination and whistleblowing complaints and litigation.

Clare has advised on many sexual harassment matters in law and accounting firms, and in multi-national organisations, and has extensive experience of representing complainants, firms and employers, and those accused of alleged harassment. In January 2018, Clare gave expert evidence to the House of Commons Women & Equalities Committee in respect of its Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Inquiry. In March 2018 Clare was appointed as the specialist adviser to the House of Commons Women & Equalities Committee in respect of that Inquiry.

Clare played a leading role in the creation of the Professional Practices Alliance. Clare is also regarded as a market leader in providing strategic advice to senior executives, founders, US and multi-national companies with UK operations, and US and UK law firms on their employment law issues.

Many of the employment law matters in which Clare is involved are cross-border. Clare was instrumental in setting up global employment law alliance, Innangard and Innangard Executives.

Clare was named “Labour & Employment Lawyer of the Year” for two years running at the Who’s Who Legal Awards 2020 and 2021. She is also ranked as a “Global Elite Thought Leader” by Who’s Who Legal Labour and Employment 2021.

Lak Purewal

Lak has over 30 years of HR experience, including ten years at Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) as HR Director for Europe, Middle East and Asia. In the last two years at NRF, he helped to establish the Partner Development function and provided strategic and operational support to the Partner group. He also serves as a Lay Judge in the Employment Tribunals and contributes to the Risk and Audit Committee of the charity Police Now. Having concluded his successful tenure at Norton Rose Fulbright in August 2023, he has embarked on a new venture setting up his own consultancy – Pure HR & Mediation – which is dedicated to supporting law firms and companies in finding solutions to their people challenges. He is a trained Mediator and is accredited with the International Mediation Institute.

David Shufflebotham

David is a specialist in law firm partner performance evaluation and profit-sharing systems. He provides consultancy and advisory services to leading national and international law firms on effective system design and implementation.

For more than 20 years David has operated at C-Suite level with major law firms – dealing with the full range of strategic people, and partner issues they have faced.

David is a City trained lawyer with Magic Circle and international investment bank experience.