Arent Fox announces 2020 Diversity Scholarship recipients

Arent Fox LLP is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Arent Fox Diversity Scholarship. Each second-year law student will receive a $20,000 award and participate in the firm’s 2020 Summer Program.

Since 2006, the firm has annually awarded diversity scholarships to promising law students. The Diversity Scholarship is part of the firm’s broader efforts to recruit, retain, and promote women, lawyers of color, and LGBTQ lawyers, and to ensure that adequate firm resources are dedicated to their training, mentoring, and business development.

The following students demonstrated a commitment to learning and practicing law at the highest level:

  • Rita Liu (Washington University School of Law) – BOS Office
  • Destiny Planter (University of North Carolina School of Law) – DC Office
  • Fernanda Jara (Loyola Law School, Los Angeles) – LA Office
  • Tisha Martin (University of North Carolina School of Law) – NY Office
  • Derek Ha (University of California, Berkeley, School of Law) – SF Office

“On behalf of the Firm, I want to congratulate Rita, Destiny, Fernanda, Tisha, and Derek on their strong applications and many accomplishments so far,” said Chief Diversity Officer Chris Norton. “With the addition of the Boston office, this will be our first year with five Diversity Scholars, and we look forward to working with them next summer.”

The scholarship will be paid in two installments: $10,000 during the student’s second-year summer and another $10,000 paid when the student returns to Arent Fox as an associate after graduation.

Karen Baxter shortlisted in the This Can Happen Awards 2019

Lewis Silkin LLP is delighted that Karen Baxter has been shortlisted for ‘Most inspiring Leader of the Year’ at the This Can Happen Awards 2019. The awards celebrate excellence in workplace mental health and Karen has been shortlisted for her work on Lewis Silkin’s This Place Minds campaign.

The awards were launched this year to celebrate and recognise companies and individuals who have shown excellence in their approach towards positive mental health for their employees and colleagues.

The awards ceremony takes place on 21 November in Central London.

Karen has also been invited to speak at the This Can Happen Conference on 25 November about the campaign she is leading at Lewis Silkin around mental health in the workplace.

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Full shortlist announced for International Investment Awards 2019

The Excellence in Advisory Best Practice award shortlist and audience voting phase for the Emerging Talent of the Year and Personality of the Year and new awards for Excellence in Client Service, with separate categories for both advisers and the industry are below.

In both of the Excellence in Client Service categories and the Excellence in Advisory Best Practice category there will be an overall winner in each category and winners in each region announced on evening of the awards.

Here are the shortlists:

Emerging Talent of the Year*

  • Craig Holding – Abacus Financial Consultants
  • Simon Black – Dolfin
  • Emma Furzer – Fairway Group
  • Riyad Adamou – Holborn Assets
  • Carl David Turner – Infinity Financial Solutions
  • Jamie Bubb-Sacklyn – Infinity Financial Solutions
  • Alex Norwood – Montfort
  • Nathan Prior – Partners Wealth Management
  • Timothy Townsend – Standard Bank

Personality of the Year*

  • Nigel Green – deVere Group
  • Louise Bracken-Smith – Fairway Group
  • Trevor Keidan – Infinity Financial Solutions
  • Nigel Sillitoe – Insight Discovery
  • Serge Krancenblum – IQ EQ
  • Per Wimmer – Wimmer Family Office

Excellence in Client Service – NEW*

Advisers:

  • AIVA
  • Atlas Wealth Management
  • deVere Group
  • Holborn Assets
  • Partners Wealth Management

Industry:

  • Dolfin
  • Hansard
  • Odysseas
  • Old Mutual International
  • POP & Associates
  • RL360
  • Utmost Wealth Solutions

The Excellence in Advisory Best Practice Award** is voted for by judges only. The shortlist is as follows:

  • Abacus Financial Consultants
  • deVere Group
  • The Fry Group
  • Partners Wealth Management
  • VFS International

The shortlist for the Excellence in International Private Banking and Best Family Office awards will be revealed on the night, with shorlisted participants notified in advance.

Shoosmiths named 2019 National Law Firm of the Year

Chairman Peter Duff and CEO Simon Boss accepted the award on behalf of Shoosmiths at a glittering ceremony that took place at Grosvenor House Hotel in London, hosted by Sandi Toksvig, TV personality and writer.

The firm was also commended in the Best Client Service Innovation category for its Elite Advisory offering and shortlisted for Krugman 2 for the Best Collaboration Initiative.

The Lawyer Awards are the leading awards initiative within the legal calendar and the largest celebration of legal excellence in Europe.

The award for National Law Firm of the Year recognises the law firm that has made the most significant progress over the past year in advancing its strategy.

Judges said about Shoosmiths’ winning submission: “This exceptional winning entry showcased record financial results alongside a raft of new innovations designed to make life better not only for the firm’s clients through innovative tech-based solutions, but also for their employees with improvements in training, knowledge sharing and diversity.”

Simon Boss said: “It’s incredibly humbling to win this award, and it’s a massive recognition for everyone at Shoosmiths that we are truly delivering on our ambitious strategy of becoming the leading UK law firm through our continual pursuit of excellent client service.

“I’d also like to congratulate our Sports Division for its well-deserved commendation and all of our team involved in the collaboration that lead to our nomination for Best Collaboration Initiative. We’ve always said that we place our clients at the heart of everything we do, and we are continually evolving and innovating in this space, delivering new methods of working that bring real added-value and tangible benefits to our clients.”

It was a night of true celebration for Shoosmiths as the firm was also recognised for its other two award submissions by being:

Shortlisted for the Best Collaboration Initiative for Krugman 2, an open, supportive and collaborative working space to think about what a client might need that Shoosmiths could help them with.

Commended in the Best Client Service Innovation for Elite Advisory, a private client advisory service to manage the affairs of professionals and entrepreneurs in sport, media and entertainment.

If you would like to find out more information, please visit https://www.shoosmiths.co.uk/

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Linn Crull receives Award of Excellence from Ball State University

Accounting and advisory firm, Whitinger & Company, is pleased to announce that Member/Owner Linn Crull, CPA received the Paul W. Parkison Department of Accounting Award of Excellence for 2019 from Ball State University.

On April 29th, 2019, the Paul W. Parkison Department of Accounting hosted its 10th Annual Alumni Awards Dinner at the Ball State University Alumni Center. This event provides an excellent opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of some of its most distinguished alumni. This year, members of the Department’s Advisory Council selected Linn Crull to receive the Award of Excellence, one of the top awards bestowed upon alumni. The award is given to accounting department alumni who have positions of distinction in academia, business, or government and demonstrate outstanding success in their field.

Linn has served in the role of managing partner for the firm for nearly 20 years and has guided it through acquisitions, implementation of a strategic plan, expansion of professional services, their location of company headquarters in 2007, and the opening of a second office in the Indianapolis market. He is also an active accountant specializing in tax planning and compliance services, as well as small business consulting. A native of Cambridge City, Indiana, Crull joined Whitinger & Company in 1979 after graduating from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

Linn is a member of the East Central Indiana Estate Planning Council and is a past president of the Muncie Chapter of the Indiana CPA Society; as well as a former board member of the Indiana CPA Society. He also chaired the State CPA Society’s Management of Accounting Practice Committee and was a trustee for the Society’s Educational Foundation. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Linn is a long-standing member of Muncie Rotary, where he recently served as a board member. He is a board member for Cardinal Greenways and Great Muncie Area Council on Youth Leadership. He also serves as a Director of MututalFirst Financial and the MutualBank Charitable Foundation; is a current board member & treasurer of Muncie Mission Ministries and a member of the Muncie Children’s Museum Advisory Board. Linn and his family are members of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Muncie where he previously served as chairman of the finance committee.

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Winners from prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise announced

Her Majesty The Queen has named 201 businesses as among the best in the country in the prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise to celebrate Her Majesty’s 93rd birthday.

The winners include businesses leading the way in a huge range of industries – from construction, agriculture, motoring and software development. This year, three quarters of the total are SMEs, 30 of which have fewer than 10 employees. They will join more than 6,000 British businesses in receiving the prestigious honour and will have the privilege of displaying the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise emblem for 5 years.

The Awards, now in its 53rd year, are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses, with companies from across the UK recognised for their contribution in the 4 categories.

There are:

  • 129 International Trade winners
  • 61 Innovation winners
  • 6 Sustainable Development winners
  • 5 Promoting Opportunity winners

Business Secretary Greg Clark said:

These prestigious awards help shine a light on all that is great about UK business today. I am extremely impressed to see such a wealth of talent and innovation from across the UK being recognised today by Her Majesty The Queen.

These awards recognise the innovative products and services being provided by British businesses that are in demand across the world, as well as the sheer determination and hard work that comes with starting and running a business.

Many of these winners are small businesses – the backbone of our economy – and we are backing them to grow, increase their productivity and create more jobs and opportunity across the UK through our modern Industrial Strategy.

Antonia Romeo, Permanent Secretary for the Department for International Trade, said:

The winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are brilliant examples of what can be achieved by taking advantage of the opportunities offered by exporting and the full range of support available. It was very good to chair the very competitive international trade panel, and select highly successful trading firms to benefit from the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in international trade.

I strongly encourage UK companies to take advantage of the Department for International Trade’s full range of services and support for exporting.

Among the double-award wining businesses recognised for outstanding achievements in both International Trade and Innovation categories are:

  • DriveWorks Ltd, a software developer
  • Ideal Boilers Ltd, a leading boiler manufacturer
  • Niftylift Ltd, one of the largest manufacturers of ‘cherry pickers’
  • driving simulation software company rFpro
  • tool manufacturer Snap-on UK Holdings
  • innovative technology company Markes International Limited
  • Niftylift Ltd is the only company to get the double award twice, having won awards for International trade and Innovation in 2013.

Roger Bowden, Niftylift’s chairman and founder said:

We are honoured to be recognised for not one, but two prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in 2019. These awards help to illustrate how our dedication to design and innovation, together with our attention to detail and strong customer focus, have allowed us to compete so successfully in this global marketplace.

I am very proud of the strong and close-knit team we have here at Niftylift and I’d like to thank them all for their professionalism and commitment to ensuring our worldwide reputation and success over the years.

Shaun Edwards, CEO of Ideal Boilers, which won awards for International Trade and Innovation said:

It is an honour and a privilege to receive these awards, which reflect our continued commitment to innovation and international relations. This high recognition emphasises and reflects the hard work and determination of all our employees whose core values of excellence, integrity and an entrepreneurial spirit will continue to drive our business further towards greater achievements.

Tim Hawkins, managing director of Markes International Ltd, which won in International Trade and Innovation said:

It is a great honour to be recognised by Her Majesty The Queen for our excellence in Innovation and, for the second time, International Trade. We take great pride in introducing new technologies to our field of analytical chemistry, and alongside our valued trading partners, have been successful in supporting customers around the world and enhancing scientific progress.

Chris Hoyle, technical director at rFpro, which also won in International Trade and Innovation said:

We are delighted that the hard work of everybody at rFpro has been acknowledged by the Queen’s Awards judging panel and we are so proud to be one of just a few companies to achieve a double award. Our contribution to making the world’s road networks safer is reward enough, but it is fantastic to receive such prestigious recognition.

Applications for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2020 open on 1 May 2019 and close on 10 September 2019. They are free to enter, and it is a self-nominating process. Applicants may apply for more than one award and entries are welcomed from all sectors. For more information and to apply, visit https://www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise