Celebrating Success: Ruth Grant Wins Woman Lawyer of the Year at The Law Society Excellence Awards 2016

London litigation partner Ruth Grant, Chair of Hogan Lovells' Global Diversity and Inclusion Committee, has been awarded the accolade of "Woman Lawyer of the Year" at The Law Society Excellence Awards 2016.

Now in their 10th year, the awards recognise excellence across the legal profession in England and Wales. Judges were looking to recognise a female solicitor who, in addition to achieving professional excellence in her field, has achieved significant results at a senior level, opening doors historically closed to women and inspiring and influencing other female solicitors to pursue a career in law.

Currently on the Board of Hogan Lovells, Ruth was London Managing Partner from 2005 until 2009 and sole woman on the firm's then International Executive Committee. She has served as a member of the firm's International Operations and New Partner Committees and was People Development Partner from 2009 to 2015.

She is the lead diversity partner for the firm, and Chair of the firm's Global Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and over the last ten years has created a cultural shift in the firm through her work in diversity and inclusion and people development.

Ruth was recognised last night as a role model for diversity and gender equality internally and externally; actively promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the legal profession, including through roles on the Law Society Women Lawyers Division Steering Committee and as a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Commenting on her success Ruth said:

"I'm touched and honoured to be considered "Woman Lawyer of the Year". It is an individual title but represents a team effort in a firm which is truly open to innovation and change; the work of the People team, especially our fantastic diversity and inclusion and people development professionals, the firm's management, and the support of many partners have all been vital in enabling Hogan Lovells to make the progress it has.  There is much more to do, especially to meet our global diversity goals, but I am confident that with the momentum we now have we will get there. Hogan Lovells' culture has enabled me to have a great legal career: I want that to continue to be available for all, whatever their gender, background, ethnicity or sexual orientation."

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