Law (The Lynne Freeman Award)

We are proud to announce the top ten shortlist for the Law category (The Lynne Freeman Award), sponsored by Reed Smith

These individuals will now be invited to celebrate their shortlisting alongside our sponsors, judges and guests at a celebratory reception sponsored by Bloomberg on 8 June 2017.   

Judging will now begin to identify the final five winners for each category. Winners will be notified by 19 June 2017 and invited to celebrate at the winners party sponsored by The Times and The Sunday Times on 12 July 2017.

Should you wish to cast a public vote of support for any of the individuals below, please vote on the right hand side of this page.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our amazing shortlisted nominees the very best of luck in the final stages of judging.

Shortlist in Law (The Lynne Freeman Award)

Denise Nurse | Halebury

Denise Nurse is an entrepreneur, lawyer and broadcaster. She successfully combines a career as CEO of Halebury, a pioneering new law firm, with her role as a television presenter and host. Starting her legal career in the corporate commercial team at Charles Russell, Denise went on to work in-house for Sky as a technology and broadcast lawyer before co-founding legal consultancy, Halebury, in 2007 with business partner Janvi Patel. Halebury set out to change the...
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Harriet Sassoon | Morrison & Foerster LLP

Harriet is a member of Morrison & Foerster UK LLP’s global anti-bribery and anti-corruption team. Her work includes representing individuals and corporations who are the subject of an investigation by the US Department of Justice and the Securities Exchange Commission. Besides work, Harriet is a founding member of Fractio Vitri, a network for young women working in the city, a trustee of You Make It!, a charity assisting young unemployed women in the inner city,...
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Jacque Onalo | Jolt International Ltd & R. Spio and Company Solicitors

I am a single mother of one exceptionally talented adult child. I decided to be a lawyer when I was about eight years old after toying with the idea of being world leader and sorting out all global ills, being a nun because I went to a convent school and an air hostess because I thought this was an inexpensive way to see the world. Despite being a teenage mum, I attained my ambition with...
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Janvi Patel | Halebury

I am the Chairwoman and Co-Founder of Halebury, a pioneering multimillion pound organisation within the NewLaw space. Halebury has a legal team of over 30 senior in-house lawyers and a client base which includes Pearson, Expedia, BT and Virgin Media.  Halebury is highly ranked for legal advice within the Telecoms, Media and Technology and Sports sectors, as evidenced by their coverage in the industry-renowned Legal 500. In addition to managing Halebury, I work to support...
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Megan Castellano | Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

I am an American in London living her career dream. I wanted to be a lawyer since I was seven years old, and worked extremely hard in pursuit of this goal through education and every other facet of my life until I achieved it.  Having first arrived in England just over a decade ago, to study at Oxford University, I was drawn to this country and have since built a life here. I have now...
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Naomi Pryde | Dentons

Naomi is a senior associate in Dentons’ commercial dispute resolution team and the first ever elected member of the Law Society of Scotland’s council for the constituency of England & Wales. She serves over 550 constituents in England & Wales and a further 1400 worldwide. She is also a Notary Public and a Writer to Her Majesty’s Signet. Naomi has a wide practice, acting for both claimants and defendants in all of manner of litigations...
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Rebecca Morgan | Lawyer in the Making

I am an aspiring barrister, blogger, part time BPTC student and all round law geek. I set up my law blog many years ago as a way of documenting my own journey into law, as well as sharing interesting cases, news, study tips, resources, legal events and much more. I never really expected people to read my blog, but I love that so many people have.  My blog is read by law students and lawyers...
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Sally Penni | Kenworthy’s Chambers

Sally Penni is a practising Barrister at Law  and Vice Chair of Association of Women Barristers. She was Called to the Bar in 2000 by Gray’s Inn has nearly 20 years experience. She practices from Kenworthy’s Chambers, Manchester. She is the Founder of Women in the Law and Business UK, Manchester. A mentoring organisation set up to encourage the next generation of Lawyers. Passionate about gender diversity in the work place, Sally has initiated and...
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Sharona Attar | Bloomberg

I was called to the Bar in 1997 having completed the LLB, LLM and the Bar Vocational Course. I completed a six month Chancery pupillage in chambers at 10 Old Square and a further six months pupillage in commerce. I was then employed by Hammond Suddards Solicitors as a non-practising barrister and was sent on a year secondment as assistant to the Chief Executive of the Financial Law Panel, which was set up by the...
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Suzanne Szczetnikowicz | Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Suzanne is a senior associate in the London office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and is a member of the award-winning Project, Energy and Infrastructure Finance Group. She has experience advising project sponsors, bidders and lenders in the development, project financing and acquisition financing of significant and predominantly European, Middle Eastern and African projects and assets across a number of sectors. She has completed secondments in Abu Dhabi and with HSBC and Borealis Infrastructure...
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