Employee Benefits Awards 2013: Benefits team of the year

Winner: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

This award celebrates how an in-house benefits team worked together to deliver benefits that meet their organisation’s HR and business strategies.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s team (Gary Wilkins, head of compensation and benefits (C&B), Jackie Palmer, senior manager C&B and Claire Walker, benefits executive) aimed to distinguish itself as an employer that champions its staff. They clearly understood organisational challenges and were not afraid to address these. The judges were particularly impressed with the success of the firm’s psychological wellbeing month.


The judges said: “The team showed good innovation for this sector. Understanding its own environment and shaping it to its own particular needs made a big difference.”

The winner said: “We are really proud of what we have achieved with a small team and limited resources.”
Gary Wilkins, head of compensation and benefits, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


Runners up:

Incisive Media Merlin Entertainments (entered by Helm Godfrey)
Merlin Entertainments
Nottingham City Council