Freeths announced as key sponsor of iconic Women of the Year Awards 2024

In celebration of International Women’s Day, national law firm Freeths has today (Friday, March 8th) been announced as a leading sponsor of the prestigious Women of the Year (WOTY) Awards 2024.

Launched at the House of Lords yesterday by President, Writer and Actress Sally Lindsay, WOTY Ambassador and Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords Baroness Newlove, WOTY Director and Freeths’ lawyer Zalena Vandrewala,

WOTY Director Emma Elston MBE, and WOTY Director Wendy Dean, the 42nd luncheon is renowned for celebrating outstanding female role models across all areas of society and business. The official opening revealed the two categories available for entries this year: Businesswoman of the Year and Freeths Woman with Edge. 

This year also marks a brand-new title for one of the awards - The Emmeline Pankhurst Award – Woman of Achievement, recognising the events’ move to Manchester, the city where the suffragette movement began. With over 400 people expected in attendance, winners will be crowned at Manchester’s Etihad on Friday October 11th. 

In the lead up to the celebrations, WOTY will also host a series of networking events across the UK aimed at women working across various sectors, aiming to bring together and empower women. 

Commenting on the official launch, WOTY Director and Freeths’ lawyer Zalena Vandrewala said: “As a long-standing supporter of WOTY, we’re incredibly proud to be announced as a leading sponsor as the event takes place in my hometown of Manchester for the first time! Each year, I never fail to be amazed and moved by the number of inspirational women who are nominated for the awards and attend the ceremony. As a huge supporter of WOTY, we’re expecting this year to be unlike no other, and I look forward to celebrating the UK’s talented and phenomenal women in 2024.”

President Sally Lindsay at Women of the Year added: “We are delighted to declare this year’s awards officially open and to be able to do this at the House of Lords, surrounded by our incredible sponsors and previous winners, all of whom are truly inspirational, was a very special way to kick this year’s event off." “We now look forward to the nominations pouring in, taking the time to recognize the outstanding women that are pivotal to our society. We can’t wait to meet the nominees throughout the year at our various events and of course, at our much-anticipated ceremony in October, which we are delighted to be hosting in Manchester for the very first time.” WOTY is a proud supporter of The Prince’s Trust, last year donating £13,000 to the charity with hopes to match, if not top, this figure for 2024. Throughout its 42-year history it has donated just under £600,000 to various charitable organisations.

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