Outer Temple reveals essay winners

By Joanne Harris

BVC STUDENT Paul Rodgers was the inaugural winner of Outer Temple Chambers Calcutt Memorial Essay Competition, taking home a prize of 1,500.

The set launched the competition in memory of former head of chambers Sir David Calcutt QC, who died in 2004 after a distinguished career which saw him hold a variety of judicial appointments.

Competitors were asked to write on the subject of The corporate manslaughter reforms are businesses getting away with murder?. The theme was chosen in deference to Sir Davids interest in the regulation of industry, as well as Outer Temples expertise.

In his winning essay Rodgers argued that the new corporate
manslaughter legislation hasfailed to adopt a realistic model of corporate wrongdoing, and that sanctions for the offence are too lenient.

The runner-up was Fraser Campbell, who has just finished his LPC at BPP Law School. BVC student Alice Dobbie came third. The three winners were presented with their prizes by Sir Davids widow Lady Barbara Calcutt at a special reception in chambers last month.

Judges were former Court of Appeal judge Sir Brian Neill, Outer Temples Alan Rawley QC and health and safety law expert Professor Frank Wright.