Women in Business Law Awards - Americas

METHODOLOGY

The Americas Women in Business Law Awards gives law firms and professional services firms in the region the recognition they deserve for their efforts in helping women advance in the legal profession.
The event is split into individual categories and law firm categories. Law firms are first invited to make submissions detailing their female lawyer numbers in relation to their male counterparts. Submissions will also include details of tangible, women-friendly working practices and policies as well as biographical information about leading female lawyers.
 
A Euromoney Legal Media Group research team then conducts a series of peer review interviews – face-to-face and over the phone – with leading female practitioners across multiple areas of law and jurisdictions verifying much of the information provided. The team will also incorporate other research from within the group in order to further refine the results i.e. magazine survey results / directory analysis, etc.

HOW ARE WINNERS DECIDED?

  • The winning individuals and firms are decided by senior Euromoney Legal Media Group editorial staff following an extensive research process.
  • Individual winners are judged on their professional accomplishments as well as advocacy and influence within her field between January 1 to December 31 of the preceding year.
  • Firm and country/regional winners are judged on their ability to support the development of women in the legal profession and provide work/life programmes to enable women to pursue legal careers. Criteria include the ratio of women to men lawyers (at all levels of seniority), the retention of women associates to partner level and any relevant diversity initiatives.

 

FIRM CATEGORIES

Gender diversity

  • Covers groups and networks (for example: women’s group with alumni, partners and clients present)
  • Also covers gender-based events. These tend to be more social

Diversity

  • Covers everything around diversity that is outside women issues (for example: race, LGBT issues)
  • Policies have to be implemented in the country specified

Innovation

  • It is based on ALL other categories
  • We look for interesting, new initiatives that are in the pipeline or recently launched
  • Where difference is being made

Mentoring

  • This includes mentoring, sponsorship and coaching
    • A mentor is a guide for you to get to your goals on your own
    • A sponsor actively tries to get you promoted
    • A coach is usually external to the company and sits with you one-on-one
  • Please note that we include maternity and transition coaching in the mentoring category, NOT the work-life category. Work-life can contain elements of this type of coaching, but standalone projects are within mentoring

Work-life balance

  • Includes flexible working, maternity leave and groups for parents etc. at law firms (affinity groups)
  • This category also covers childcare

Pro bono

  • Preference is given to ensure the work is relevant to women where possible
  • For example, legal work involving disadvantaged women

Talent management

  • Covers recruiting, retaining and promoting
  • Also covers leadership development programmes
  • Other examples include ways to hire more women associates (different adverts or recruiting from elsewhere, including other jurisdictions)

Country/regional awards

  • Awards for each individual jurisdiction in Americas

Individual awards

  • For ‘Nomination category’ please indicate whether the lawyer is being nominated for a Practice Area, Best in Latin America or Rising Star award. You can select more than one category.
  • For ‘Professional accomplishments’ please include the nominee’s key recent legal work.
  • For ‘Advocacy and influence’ please include demonstrate the nominee’s impact and success in their professional field (i.e. roles in decision-making and the extent of those roles, examples of professional creativity).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I send information in another format?

Yes, as long as the information we ask for is provided you can submit in any Word or PDF format.

Can I provide the same information that I provided to another publication?

Yes – so long as it relates to your firm’s policies and initiatives in the promotion of women and diversity or is specific to the leading women your are nominating and the information is what we have asked for.

How much influence do we have over our rating vs the external market?

Firms are encouraged to tell their story via our research form and through interviews. We then measure the firm’s input against the feedback we receive via studying the market. If our studies are in harmony with the firm’s assertations, we weight them equally. If there is an extreme disparity between the firm’s views and a pronounced percentage of the market, we will provide greater weight to the market consensus.

If we participate, are we guaranteed to get awarded and/or have commentary?

We do not guarantee awards or shortlist rankings.

Should we list confidential cases/clients? How do we ensure these remain confidential?

You can provide confidential clients/cases if you feel we should be aware of these, and we will certainly be respectful of confidential agreements – please mark confidential information clearly, ideally in RED.

When/how do you contact client referees?

We contact all client referees provided to us via email and invite them to take part in an online client survey. The survey asks clients about the firms they use, why they use them, what they use them for and how long they have been using them. The information provided by clients is confidential.

Do you only award those of partner level for individual awards?

There are rare exceptions where an attorney of counsel or senior associate will be recognised as performing at a partner level.

How do we get an in-person interview?

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we currently cannot accommodate in-person interviews. However, we may be able to facilitate a virtual meeting. Simply contact us and, depending on the schedule and flexibility of our researchers, we can arrange one.

Who are the attendees of Europe Women in Business Law Awards?

Those attending our awards night include law firms and in-house counsel.

Is the Women in Business Law Awards “pay-to-play?” If I don’t support the project financially do I still get ranked?

The Women in Business Law Awards is absolutely not “pay-to-play.” Firms cannot pay to receive an award and will only be shortlisted if the market deems them worthy of consideration. Declining to financially support the awards will not in any way affect a firm’s opportunity to receive an award. However, conversely, client firms do enjoy additional benefits such as being able to inform their clients and publish on their own websites and social media that they have been shortlisted and/or have won awards for the work they have done on their client’s behalf.