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Mary Butler, Senior Partner at Sheffield law firm Bell & Buxton Solicitors, has been shortlisted as an ‘Inspiring Leader of the Year’ at the 2015 Forward Ladies National Women in Business Awards.
As head of the Inheritance Disputes Department, Mary specialises in the most complex contentious probate and financial abuse of the elderly cases. Described by the UK Legal 500 (2013 edition) as ‘a fierce and successful negotiator’, Mary sets the bar at her firm, nurturing the talent of her colleagues as well as mentoring female lawyers elsewhere.
Mary became Bell & Buxton’s first female Partner in 1988 and has been an influential figure in the legal sector for nearly 30 years. She has seen many changes in the profession during that time and has played a crucial role in growing the firm, particularly in recent years.
HSBC are the headline sponsor for this year's awards. The awards pride themselves on being the premier forum for recognising and rewarding talented women across the UK, giving women the opportunity to acknowledge their successes and be seen as credible and inspirational role models. The results of the regional Women In Business awards will be announced at a lunch in Newcastle on 29 September, the winners of which will go through to the national finals.
On being shortlisted Mary commented:
"It is a huge honour to be short listed, especially considering the calibre of the rest of my category. The awards provide a great platform to celebrate excellence in businesses led by women across the UK.”