Belmond, Baker McKenzie and Burberry’s GC among winners at Luxury Law Awards

Representatives from Ferretti Group, Manolo Blahnik, Mulberry, Wolf Greenfield and Holland & Knight also triumphed

The Belmond legal team

Belmond’s legal team, Baker McKenzie and Burberry’s general counsel, Edward Rash, were among the big winners at the Luxury Law Awards. 

Also among those walking away with trophies at the awards ceremony were representatives from leading brands Ferretti Group, Manolo Blahnik and Mulberry while specialist IP firm Wolf Greenfield and Holland & Knight also triumphed in the private practice section.

Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council, was named Global Fashion Leader, and Laboni Saha, founder and creative director of womenswear brand L Saha, was this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

The awards were held at The British Museum yesterday (14 June) in conjunction with Luxury Law Summit London. 

Belmond’s legal team, which is led by general counsel Abbi Hunt, was recognised for its work launching a new, and they believe unique, virtual ethics and compliance programme featuring immersive, gamified training.

Bakers beat off strong competition in the Law Firm of the Year category – International Firms, winning the praises of the judging panel for providing strong evidence of the value provided to its clients, working on cutting edge matters with a clear commitment to ESG and sustainability.

Rash, meanwhile, was recognised for his contribution to Burberry during his 15 years at the brand, where he is senior vice president legal. 

Three other GCs were among the winners, Mulberry’s Kate Anthony Wilkinson was named General Counsel of the Year, Manolo Blahnik‘s Georgina McManus is 2023 Business Leader of the Year, and Niccolo Pallesi, of Ferretti Group, won IP Counsel of the Year for his work securing the landmark registration at the Italian Patent and Trademark Office of the Riva Yachts brand colour.

The trophies were designed and supplied by Asprey.

The full list of awards

Lifetime Achievement Award - Sponsored by Taylor Wessing     
Edward Rash, GC, Burberry

The Marella Naj-Oleari Luxury General Counsel of the Year - Sponsored by Davis Wright Tremaine   
Kate Anthony Wilkinson, Mulberry

IP Counsel of the Year - Sponsored by HGF   
Niccolo Pallesi, Ferretti Group

Highly Commended - IP Superheroes@HUGOBOSS

Legal Team of the Year - Sponsored by Graff Search   

Highly Commended     
La Prairie Legal Team

Sustainability Initiative of the Year - Sponsored by McCarthy Tetrault   
Stop Ecocide International

Business Leader of the Year - Sponsored by K&L Gates   
Georgina McManus, Manolo Blahnik 

Entrepreneur of the Year - Sponsored by Perkins Coie  
Laboni Saha

Global Fashion Leader - Sponsored by Killik & Co   
Caroline Rush, CEO, British Fashion Council

Fashion Counsel of the Year - sponsored by Portolano Cavallo   
Jack Randles, Manolo Blahnik

Highly Commended     
Laura Battley, Watches of Switzerland

Luxury Law Firm of the Year - International Firm     
Baker McKenzie

Luxury Law Firm of the Year - Independent Law Firm      
Fixer Advisory Group

Highly Commended     
Anand and Anand

Partner of the Year     
Danielle N Garno, Holland & Knight

Highly Commended     
Melanie Howard, Loeb & Loeb

IP Team of the Year     
Wolf Greenfield

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