Lawyer triumphs at awards ceremony

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A Yorkshire lawyer has won the Woman of Achievement Award for 2012 against some of the country’s leading businesswomen.

Denise Jagger, 54, a partner at Eversheds, reached the final by winning the Legal Services category in the Women in the City awards a few weeks ago.

She then picked up the overall award at a ceremony in London for all the winners in categories ranging from accountancy and financial services to technology.

The mother of two, who lives in York, splits her time as a corporate finance lawyer between the Leeds and London offices.

She joined Eversheds in 2004 after spending 11 years at Asda where she became company secretary and general counsel, having been recruited by Archie Norman.

She has recently stepped down as the chairman of the Board of York Museums Trust and is vice-chairman of Northern Ballet.

The aim of the award is to highlight and recognise women who, as well as fulfilling a demanding senior level role, actively promote and encourage the progress of other women in their organisation and sector.

“I am delighted to have been honoured with this award, which provides another opportunity to keep the issue of women’s education, development and advancement in the public eye,” she said.

“Whilst progress is being made most recently in relation to women on boards across a range of sectors, there still remains much to do to create working environments where women are as likely as men to fulfil their potential.”