We were recently delighted to sponsor and attend the latest HR in Law awards, held at The HAC, home of the Honourable Artillery Company. We have been honoured to sponsor this event since its inception three years ago, and have enjoyed watching it become bigger and better.

It is also a delight to be at an event dedicated to HR – which is such a growing force for business improvement in the legal profession.

After a champagne reception, Chairman Rob Hind kicked off proceedings with a welcome speech which included a poignant tribute to legal HR professional Mike Orton, who died last year after a long illness, and whose family and friends have since raised considerable donations for Mind, the mental health charity.

We then thoroughly enjoyed the introduction from Comedian Katherine Ryan, a woman leading the way for an event full of successful professional women. It was great to see. The atmosphere was electric as everyone knew each other and took the opportunity to catch up, share stories, and dance the night away.

And the prize goes to...


Totum sponsored the ‘HR team of the year’ award, which was won by Shearman & Sterling, for ‘delivering real business value across a broad range of activities…’ We’d like to take this further opportunity to extend our congratulations to the firm, which also won awards in two other categories – but also to all the winners at this prestigious event. The full list is as follows:

  • Outstanding employee engagement: Mills and Reeve
  • Excellence in direct recruitment: Howard Kennedy
  • Excellence in talent management: Rawlison Butler
  • Best health & wellbeing initiative (for firms of up to 750 employees including partners): Macfarlanes
  • Best health & wellbeing initiative (for firms of over 750 employees including partners): Trowers & Hamlins
  • Best CSR initiative: Bristows
  • Excellence in equality and inclusion: Shearman & Sterling
  • Best HR communication: Pinsent Masons
  • Excellence in learning and development: Gowling WLG
  • Best HR innovation through technology: Shearman & Sterling
  • Best school-leaver or apprenticeship initiative: Hill Dickinson
  • Best trainee recruitment campaign: Mayer Brown
  • Best individual contribution: Moira Slape, Travers Smith
  • Rising star: Lauren Carey, Macfarlanes
  • HR team of the year: Shearman & Sterling
  • Grand Prix: Gowling WLG – Excellence in learning and development

As is obvious from the list, winners came from a real range of firms, reflecting the advances and rising sophistication of HR endeavours in all areas of the legal sector.

We enjoyed every moment of this year’s event and look forward to next year. We will see you all there!



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