Kizzy Augustin, a health and safety partner in the fraud and criminal litigation team at law firm Russell-Cooke, has won an award for 'Outstanding Woman in Professional Services' at the Precious Awards 2019.
The Precious Awards is an annual awards ceremony founded specifically to champion women of colour in the UK for outstanding professional achievements. Founded in 2007, this programme has highlighted black and Asian female role models who have displayed exceptional determination across several categories, and who may otherwise have gone unrecognised.
At the 13th Annual Awards on the 8th November 2019, Kizzy received this award in recognition of her legal work in the health and safety sector and her efforts in championing the success of black women as well as retaining women in senior positions within the legal industry.
As the leader of Russell-Cooke's health and safety practice and a solicitor advocate with Higher Rights of Audience, Kizzy regularly appears as an advocate in court proceedings, employment tribunals and Coroners' inquests. She is a regular speaker on issues relating to health and safety generally; on the role of women in the health and safety industry and the role of women and in particular BAME women in the legal sector.
Kizzy Augustin said: "I am delighted to have received this award for my work in health and safety and the promotion and retention of black women in the legal industry. It was a great night to be surrounded by my fellow black female professionals who have all achieved outstanding things for and on behalf of the BAME community."
Jonathan Thornton, Managing Partner at Russell-Cooke, said: "We are thrilled that Kizzy has been recognised for her achievements not only within the health and safety sector, but in particular in the fields of diversity and inclusion, which are very important to us as a firm. Kizzy is a wonderfully energetic and effective role model and ambassador for Russell-Cooke on these issues. Congratulations Kizzy!"