Entry Criteria

The UK Diversity Legal Awards are open to organisations of all sizes and submissions are welcomed from firms, chambers, in-house legal teams (private and public sector) and suppliers to the legal profession.

For clarity, to make a submission, you do not have to have participated in this year’s Diversity League Table reporting.  The awards are open to any individual or organisation meeting the above general criteria, unless stated within the specific criteria details below.

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

Deadline for Entries: 5pm on Thursday 8th October 2015

 

ENTRY FORM CLICK HERE => Diversity Legal Awards Entry Form

For general enquiries please email: enquiries@diversitylegalawards.co.uk

To make an award submission or nomination, please email: submissions@diversitylegalawards.co.uk

 

Recruitment: “Attracting Talent”:

Submissions should demonstrate innovation in the area of attracting and recruiting talent from diverse backgrounds. Your submission should outline how gaps or issues were identified, the solution(s) and then delivery; providing evidence of significant and where possible measureable impact.

A strong submission might demonstrate a whole-business approach; ideally across more than one diversity strand, although this is not essential. Judges will also be looking for evidence of policies, procedures or systems which can facilitate on-going improvements.

Retention:  “Talent Management”  

Submissions should demonstrate an innovative approach to managing, developing, supporting and retaining a diversity of talented people within your organisation.

Your submission should outline how any issues are identified, solutions developed and then delivered; providing evidence of significant and where possible measureable impact.

A strong submission might demonstrate a whole-business approach; ideally across more than one diversity strand, although this is not essential. Judges will also be looking for evidence of policies, procedures or systems which can facilitate on-going improvements.

Promotion: “Progressing talent”

Submissions should demonstrate an innovative approach to development, support and promotion of talented people from diverse backgrounds within your organisation.  Your submission should outline how talent is identified, managed and then supported to achieve their full potential; providing evidence of recent results (last 3 years). Judges will also be looking for evidence of policies, procedures or systems which can facilitate on-going improvements. Also how this has benefited the organisation.

Firm of the Year*

This award is made in respect of a firm’s overall performance in the Diversity League Table this year.

Chambers of the Year*

This award is made in respect of a chambers’ overall performance in the Diversity League Table this year.

International Firm*

Open to international law firms that are not headquartered in the UK. This award is made in respect of a firm’s performance in the Diversity League Table, ranking of International firms. To be considered a firm must have taken part in the Diversity League Table this year. No additional submission or information is required.

Regional Firm of the Year*

This award is made in respect of a firm’s overall performance in the Diversity League Table this year. The firm will have its head office outside of London to be able to qualify for this award. To be considered, a firm must have taken part in the Diversity League Table this year. No additional submission or information is required.

Regional Chambers of the Year*

This award is made in respect of a chamber’s overall performance in the Diversity League Table this year. The chambers will have its head office outside of London to be able to qualify for this award. To be considered, chambers must have taken part in the Diversity League Table this year. No additional submission or information is required.

City 10 Firm*

This award considers the City UK law firms and is made in respect of a firm’s overall performance in the Diversity League Table ranking of City 10 firms. To be considered a firm must have taken part in the Diversity League Table this year. No additional submission or information is required.

Diversity Champion

An individual award presented to the person who the judges feel has made a significant contribution to diversity within/across the legal profession, and the impact their work has had. This category is open to any person within a firm, Chambers, in-house team or supplier to the industry – working or retired. Nominations for this award in the form of a biography will be considered as acceptable, as too will a case study outlining significant achievements.

BSN Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is made to an individual who has made a measurable difference to the legal profession. This person will have made significant, outstanding and lasting contributions to the profession during their lifetime. They are a distinguished and accomplished solicitor or barrister, an expert in their field of practice and a pioneering leader. In addition to that, they are an ambassador for enhancing BME diversity in the legal profession; having shown unflagging commitment to the professional advancement of minority lawyers, minorities seeking to enter the legal profession and professionals as a whole. They will have made a long lasting impact on the legal community and be widely considered an inspiration to others.

BSN Rising Star Award

The award is made in recognition of an outstanding BSN lawyer at the beginning of their career; that is a trainee solicitor or a solicitor of 0-3 PQE. To be considered, an individual will stand out from their peers by demonstrating strong legal, business and client skills; along with evidence of strong leadership qualities and potential, within and outside their firm or chambers. So they will also be making significant contributions to the community, be that through pro bono work, community projects and/or self-started initiatives. Demonstrating excellence across these areas will contribute to marking them out as having the potential to be an outstanding lawyer of the future. Written references supporting submissions for this category will be required.

 

ENTRY FORM CLICK HERE => Diversity Legal Awards Entry Form

 

NOTES:

Diversity Weighting: No additional weighting will be given to any strand of diversity e.g. a submission which demonstrates excellence in the area of LGBT employees will be equal to a submission which focuses on age, religion or ethnicity; or a combination of these. All diversity strands are equal and judges will be looking primarily for innovation, execution and impact.

(*): Because of the significant amount of information already collated via the Diversity League Table (DLT) submission process, categories marked with an asterisk (*) are awarded in respect to a firm or chambers ranking across this year’s Diversity League Table report. To be considered one must have taken part in the Diversity League Table this year. No additional submission or information is required for these categories.

To take part in the Diversity League Table please email: diversity@blacksolicitorsnetwork.co.uk