UCL student scoops top prize in CC intelligent aid challenge

University College London (UCL) student William Green has won a trip to New York and a place on Clifford Chance’s summer vacation scheme following his victory in the magic circle firm’s ‘Intelligent Aid’ competition.

Part of Clifford Chance’s 2010/11 graduate recruitment activities, Intelligent Aid invited UK undergraduates to write an essay relating to microfinance, a term used to describe financial services to low income individuals especially in developing countries.

The top ten applicants were then selected to attend a final round judging day where they were asked to make a five-minute presentation about their submission and then take questions from a panel of judges including Clifford Chance partner Mark Campbell.

Green’s winning essay focussed on a novel plan to use microfinance to help with the rehabilitation of prison inmates.

Campbell said: “We were very impressed by the quantity and quality of submissions and the top ten who came to our offices to present their ideas did not disappoint. The depth of understanding of the issues surrounding microfinance; the varied, innovative approaches to the subject and enthusiasm levels at the presentations was excellent. We’d like to congratulate all who took part.”

Tasmin Patel and Sophie Hill, both studying at Oxford University were awarded second and third places respectively and both have also scooped places on the firm’s vacation scheme.

Green who also won an iPAD said he was shocked at coming first and added that he will be taking his mum on the New York trip.

In addition to Campbell the judging panel comprised Olly Donnelly and Brooke Johns executive director and secretary and CFO respectively of Shivia Microfinance UK, Maya Mehta, senior associate and founder of Clifford Chance’s Microfinance Group and Lawyer 2B editor Husnara Begum.