Members of Penningtons Manches Cooper’s private wealth sector group – head of family law Anna Worwood and Charlotte Hill, a senior associate in the disputes team specialising in crypto assets – have been named as the winners of their respective categories at the 2023 Citywealth Powerwomen Awards.
The awards ceremony took place last night (1 March), with Anna winning the gold award in her category ‘Inspirational Woman of the Year’, and Charlotte joining her with a gold in the category ‘Woman of the Year – FinTech Crypto Innovation – UK’.
The Citywealth Powerwomen Awards aim to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of women who have had an impact on the world of financial services and wealth management.
Anna’s practice combines high-value financial cases and complex private law children cases. In particular, she has been recognised for her expertise in handling private law children cases for international HNW families, especially those involving the international relocation of children. Having succeeded Jane Craig as head of the family department in 2022, Anna now leads one of the country’s largest and most successful family law departments, which includes 15 partners – the largest cohort amongst the top tier firms ranked by the leading legal directories. Speaking on her award win, she commented:
“I have been inspired and mentored throughout my career by a number of incredible women. In particular, I have been encouraged and supported by Jane Craig, and have greatly appreciated the way she enabled me to progress in my career whilst having the flexibility to meet the needs of my young children.
“I am endeavouring to take those values and leadership style forward, showing the fantastic women in our department, and across the firm, that with hard work and strong organisational skills, and together with supportive colleagues, it is possible to 'have it all'.”
Charlotte is a ranked rising star in the firm’s dispute resolution team. Advising on a broad range of complex, high-value cross-border disputes across a number of commercial and business sectors, she specialises in fintech disputes and digital assets, advising clients about crypto assets, NFTs, blockchain, and trading platforms/exchanges. She has successfully acted for clients in some of the very few contested cryptocurrency disputes and regularly speaks and writes on an international level about the topic. She says:
“Digital assets are an increasingly important part of our economy and there’s a lot of space in the sector for women to play a larger role. I feel very lucky to be part of a relatively small but fast growing – and incredibly supportive – group of women helping to increase gender equality in the crypto/blockchain community. I’m very grateful to have benefited from their collective wisdom. Opening up more career opportunities for women will continue to help increase innovation in the nascent sector and will also bring positive changes to its culture: I look forward to being part of that and supporting others on their own journeys.”