Keystone Law’s Hilary O’Connor receives her award from Legal Week Intelligence director James Mayer

The award for Best Client Partner – which is based on client recommendations in Legal Week Intelligence’s Best Legal Advisers Report – went to Keystone Law employment specialist Hilary O’Connor.

Each respondent to the annual Best Legal Advisers Report has the opportunity to name up to five outstanding client partners at firms they instruct, with the award going to the lawyer with the most votes.

Survey respondents described O’Connor as: “immensely practical, great at managing risk and highly responsive”, while another said: “Hilary is a highly experienced, pragmatic and commercial lawyer who takes time to fully understand the issues and context before providing solutions.”

O’Connor, who has a particular focus on the retail, media and finance sectors, advises on a range of employment issues from people management and restrictive covenants to litigation and business reorganisations.

She moved to Keystone as a consultant solicitor in 2016 from King & Wood Mallesons, where she spent almost 18 years after joining what was then SJ Berwin in 1998 from Clifford Chance.