Sarah Green, an associate in TLT’s family team, has won ‘Outstanding Returner of the Year’ at the inaugural Women in Law Awards 2020.
The awards showcase the achievements and innovations of women across all areas of legal practice and aim to shape the discussion around improving diversity by highlighting some of the most forward-thinking initiatives of the year.
Sarah has been recognised for her creation of the Bristol arm of London-born initiative, the Women Lawyers and Mothers Network, to help create opportunities for women who have taken a career break to increase their confidence and visibility at work.
As the winner was revealed, Sarah was described by one of the judges as ‘an incredibly impressive individual whose local initiative to help mothers return to work could, and should, be replicated across the country.’
Sarah also co-founded the Bristol Professional Women's Network, an informal networking group which boasts over 200 members from across the South West and provides a platform for professional women to expand their network in Bristol and beyond.
Sarah Green, associate at TLT says:
“I am delighted to receive this recognition from the Women in Law Awards.
“I joined the national Women Lawyers and Mothers Network while on maternity leave and quickly realised this would really benefit parents at a local level, and allow them to connect and share experiences in an open, non-judgmental space.
“The network is aimed at supporting parents who are anxious about returning to work in the legal sector after time out, who may be apprehensive about doing so or perhaps found that their outlook has changed, and wanting support with learning to juggle family life while maintaining and successfully developing their career at the same time.”
Esther Smith, partner and equality, diversity and inclusion champion at TLT, says:
“As a firm, we are committed to empowering our female colleagues to achieve their full potential. We’re delighted that we can use Sarah’s insights and experience in this area to help us further develop our methods for supporting those returning to work after longer periods of absence, such as maternity leave or a career break.
“I’m so pleased for Sarah for achieving this much-deserved recognition for her hard work and dedication to supporting professional women in the South West and beyond.”
Siân Ashton, a partner in TLT’s FutureLaw team, was also shortlisted for the ‘Innovator of the Year’ award for her role in the development of TLTOne - a new contract lifecycle tool designed to help clients reduce risk and business-as-usual workloads.