LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards 2019: the results

Representatives from 65 law firms across the UK gathered at Grace Hall in Central London last night to celebrate the winners of the 16th annual LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards.

With the aim of the awards to identify and celebrate law firms’ excellent training and recruitment processes, winners were lauded for their commitment to ensuring that future lawyers were fully supported in joining the firm and in their burgeoning legal careers. 

Matthew Broadbent, business development director of LCN, said: “At a time of major change in the legal profession, the basic tenets of successful recruitment and career progression remain constant. Candidates need the kind of high-quality, up-to-date information about their prospects and opportunities that LCN provides, while employers need to devote care, time and attention to finding the right people for their business. We are delighted to celebrate the efforts and achievements of the multitude of firms which have rolled up their sleeves and made the start of so many legal careers incredibly rewarding and invigorating. At LCN we’d like to congratulate all our nominees and winners, and thank the 2,000+ trainees and NQs who took the time to be part of what is a massive research project.”

The winners are:

Macfarlanes LLP

Best Recruiter – Large City Firm

Bird & Bird

Best Trainer – Large City Firm

Shoosmiths

Best Recruiter – National/Large Regional Firm

Osborne Clarke LLP

Best Trainer – National/Large Regional Firm

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Best Recruiter – US Firm in the City

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Best Trainer – US Firm in the City

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Best Recruiter – Medium City Firm

Bristows LLP

Best Trainer – Medium City Firm

Muckle LLP

Best Recruiter – Medium Regional Firm

Tees

Best Trainer – Medium Regional Firm

Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors LLP

Best Recruiter – Small Firm

Thackray Williams LLP

Best Trainer – Small Firm

Farrer & Co LLP

Best Work Placement Scheme – City Firm

Mills & Reeve LLP

Best Work Placement Scheme – Regional Firm

Richard Capper – Hill Dickinson LLP

Best Training Principal

Tom Canning – Milbank LLP

Best Training Principal

Dechert LLP

Commendation for Diversity

 

The Commendation for Diversity, which was judged by a panel that included Carly Gilberg, senior manager at Rare Recruitment, and Chris White, founder of Aspiring Solicitors, was awarded to Dechert LLP.

The judges commented: “Dechert immediately stood out among the submissions for its commitment to both fostering a diverse and inclusive culture at the firm, and its passion for driving change within the profession across a whole range of areas. Their unrivalled success in partnering with Aspiring Solicitors for two years coupled with their recent adoption of Rare’s contextual recruitment system has resulted in extremely impressive statistics. With the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, various initiatives, and a focus on mental health training, Dechert showed us that they are serious about improving diversity and supporting their employees.”

The full list of nominees is here:

Best Recruiter – Large City Firm

Best Trainer – Large City Firm

Best Recruiter – Medium City Firm

Best Trainer – Medium City Firm

Best Recruiter – US Firm in the City

Best Trainer – US Firm in the City

Best Recruiter – National/Large Regional Firm

Best Trainer – National/Large Regional Firm

Best Recruiter – Medium Regional Firm

Best Trainer – Medium Regional Firm

Best Recruiter – Small Firm

Best Trainer – Small Firm

Best Work Placement Scheme – City Firm

Best Work Placement Scheme – Regional Firm

Best Training Principal (Large trainee intake)

Best Training Principal (Small trainee intake)

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