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Inaugural Women in Business Law Awards: winners announced


Over 200 of Europe’s leading female lawyers, politicians and barristers descended on London’s Claridges hotel on June 29 for Euromoney Legal Media Group’s inaugural Women in Business Law Awards.

Keynote speaker Cherie Booth, QC, and guest speakers barrister and best-selling author, Constance Briscoe, and Royal Mail compliance director, Anne Fletcher, were among the guests who joined in celebrating the achievements of those firms setting the standard in terms of female-friendly work practices, and women leading the field in the legal sector across Europe.

Former UK Attorney General Baroness Scotland picked up the lifetime achievement prize.

While in the firm categories, Hogan Lovells was named best international firm for women in business law and Freshfields secured the best gender diversity initiative by international firm award for its implementation of Gender Justice Week, a 16 day initiative to raise awareness about gender violence.

Covering 21 jurisdictions and 26 practice areas, the event was held in aid of Africa Justice Foundation with 5% of the night’s profits donated to the charity, and over £2500 raised in the evening’s charity raffle.

A full list of winners is detailed below.

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Best in banking and finance

Farmida Bi, Norton Rose

Best in commercial arbitration

Judith Gill QC, Allen & Overy

Best in competition and antitrust

Deirdre Trapp, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Best in copyright

Lisa Peets, Covington & Burling

Best in corporate governance

Daniela Weber-Ray, Clifford Chance

Best in energy and natural resources

Fiona Hobbs, Linklaters

Best in environment

Corinne Lepage, Huglo Lepage & Associés

Best in insolvency and restructuring

Rebecca Jarvis, Linklaters

Best in insurance and reinsurance

Katherine Coates, Clifford Chance

Best in international trade

Lourdes Catrain, Hogan Lovells

Best in internet/IT

Alexandra Neri, Herbert Smith

Best in investment funds

Isabelle Lebbe, Arendt & Medernach

Best in labour and employment

Mirjam de Blécourt, Baker & McKenzie

Best in litigation

Lista Cannon, Fulbright & Jaworksi

Best in media

Lisbeth Savill, Olswang

Best in M&A

Vanessa Knapp, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Best in patent

Nicola Dagg, Allen & Overy

Best in product liability

Isabel Foley, Arthur Cox

Best in real estate

Malgorzata Pietrzak-Paciorek, Baker & McKenzie Gruszczyñski & Partners

Best in shipping and maritime

Helen Noble, Matheson Ormsby Prentice

Best in structured finance and securitisation

Tamara Box, Berwin Lerwin Paisner

Best in tax

Sarah Priestly, Weil Gotshal & Manges

Best in telecommunications

Marjolein Geus, Bird & Bird

Best in trademark

Verena Von Bomhard, Hogan Lovells

Best in tax dispute resolution

Penny Hamilton, Pump Court Tax Chambers

Best in transfer pricing

Agata Uceda, DLA Piper

Best in trusts and estates

Susan O’Connell, McCann FitzGerald

Best in white collar crime

Louise Delahunty, Sullivan & Cromwell

Best in-house women lawyer

Maria da Cuna, British Airways

Outstanding achievement

Shami Chakrabarti, Liberty

Lifetime achievement

Patricia Scotland QC, Baroness Scotland of Asthal, 4 Paper Buildings


Best firm in Austria

bpv Hügel

Best firm in Belgium

Hoyng Monegier

Best firm in the Czech Republic

Randl Partners

Best firm in Denmark

Gorrissen Federspiel

Best firm in Finland

Castrén & Snellman

Best firm in France

Bredin Prat

Best firm in Germany

Hengeler Mueller

Best firm in Greece

Karatzas & Partners

Best firm in Hungary

Szecskay Attorneys at Law

Best firm in Ireland

Arthur Cox

Best firm in Italy

Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners

Best firm in Kazakhstan

Linkage & Mind

Best firm in Luxembourg

Arendt & Medernach

Best firm in the Netherlands

Van Doorne

Best firm in Poland

Kacprzak Attorneys-at-law

Best firm in Portugal


Best firm in Romania

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen

Best firm in Russia

Hogan Lovells (CIS)

Best firm in the Slovak Republic

Cechová & Partners

Best firm in Spain

Cuatrecasas Gonçalves & Pereira

Best firm in Sweden


Best firm in Turkey

Senol Hukuk Bürosu

Best firm in the UK

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


Best gender diversity initiative by international firm

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Best gender diversity initiative by national firm

Van Doorne

Best gender diversity initiative by regional firm

Castrén & Snellman

Best international firm for women in business law

Hogan Lovells

Best national firm for women in business law

Van Doorne

Best regional firm for women in business law

Addleshaw Goddard

Best international law firm for minority women lawyers


The most innovative international firm

Allen & Overy

The talent management award

Norton Rose

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