The LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards

Central London was crackling with excitement tonight on 17 May as representatives from over 60 top law firms convened at IET London: Savoy Place to find out who would be the winners of the prestigious LawCareers.Net (LCN) Training & Recruitment Awards 2018.

The awards – now in their fifteenth year – identify and celebrate firms that give their trainees a flying start in the legal profession, by playing it straight during the recruitment process, and supporting and nurturing their burgeoning careers.

Matthew Broadbent, business development director of LCN, told the assembles guests why recognising excellence in training and recruitment matters. He 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 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 Reed Smith. The judges commented: “Reed Smith stood out for its commitment to both fostering a diverse and inclusive culture at the firm, but also for a passion to drive change within the profession. Backed up by impressive statistics and a range of initiatives that include a reverse-mentoring programme and agile working policy, as well as the launch of its inaugural Diversity Summit, Reed Smith is determined to do more than just pay lip service to the importance of having a diverse workforce.”