London — Mayer Brown was recognised for Human Resources Innovation at the Legal Week Innovation Awards 2016, held in London on May 27.

The accolade was given to Mayer Brown in recognition of the firm's global direct sourcing strategy for new talent, which has improved brand awareness, increased internal referrals and reduced external recruitment costs.

Mayer Brown's legal apprenticeship scheme in London was highly commended in the Diversity Innovation category. The firm became the first international law firm to offer a vocational scheme leading to direct qualification as a solicitor when it launched the scheme in September 2015.

Annette Sheridan, Global Chief Human Resources Officer at Mayer Brown, said: "We have invested in talent attraction, as it is key to our continued success and are delighted to have won an award for our approach and to have received a commendation for our legal apprenticeship scheme. Our global sourcing strategy enables us to build on our reputation as a leading international law firm and it actively encourages our partners and employees to tap into their networks to help us uncover top talent for the firm. Our success to date is a testament of the teamwork and collaboration of the global recruitment team."

Legal Week's Innovation Awards recognise and reward management and operational excellence by non fee-earning staff that contributes to the success of the firm and the profession.