The Challenge

How can the legal profession change to better manage diversity, inclusivity and talent for future business success?

This year we will be running two competitions, one for law students, and one for Associates.


Talent: The most important element of any business. No matter how far technology develops, people are integral to the true success of a business. A key ingredient of talent is its composition reflecting the diversity of our society, but how do you manage this? With changing employee expectations of working hours and flexibility, how can you attract, retain and develop the best talent?

LegalTalent is a unique offering that enables associates and law students the opportunity to present their varying innovative ideas on how the legal sector can drive diversity and inclusivity in 2018. Individually or in teams, candidates will have 3 minutes to make their pitch to five business leaders, including global General Counsel from major multinationals. Get voting live in the audience to help our judging panel choose who the LegalTalent winners should be!

The Winners

The winning team will receive:

  • £2000 cash prize
  • A write up in Legal Week
  • A presentation of their award at the First Hundred Years Inspirational Women in Law Awards on November 29th at LegalWeek Connect
  • One year’s free subscription to all ALM Brands
  • An invite to pitch your idea at a round table made up of Managing Partners and General Counsel.

The Criteria

  • Your idea can address one or all aspects of the challenge: How can the legal profession change to better manage diversity, inclusivity and talent for future business success?
  • It must be practical and if it involves financial investment, you should state how much
  • It could be a small project involving a single law firm or in-house legal department; or it could be industry wide
  • You must be able to demonstrate that your idea is unique
  • Your idea need not focus on the delivery of legal advice; it could focus on law firm management and operations or education and training

Teams must be a maximum of five people. All law firm employees are able to apply except partners. Law students are encouraged to apply.

The Judges

The 2018 Judges announced so far include…


26th OCTOBER 2018

Submissions Deadline

2nd NOVEMBER 2018

Finalists Announced

29th NOVEMBER 2018

Final Pitches

How to Apply:

Please download the relevant application form and return via email to:

Anisa Choudhary | Marketing Manager | Legal Week (ALM)

LegalTalent Associate Application FormLegalTalent Student Application Form

Media Partner


Chambers | Student


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