York and City uni students crowned UK’s brightest legal minds

Two of the country’s sharpest legal prospects have walked away with a £5,000 prize, as well as the title of Future Legal Mind 2015, for their essays on access to justice.

Amy Loughery, an undergraduate student at the University of York, and Lukas Hamilton Eddy, a postgraduate student at City University London, will each receive £5,000 towards their legal studies as well as a placement at solicitors’ firm Colemans-ctts.

The pair fought off stiff competition from four shortlisted candidates in each category, all of whom submitted outstanding essays on the vital issue of access to justice.

Following a nail-biting contest, Victoria Rowley, an undergraduate student at the University of Nottingham, and Christopher Rush, a postgraduate student at Bristol University, were both highly commended by the expert panel of judges, which included Times columnist and NYU professor Gary Slapper and Lawyer 2B editor Richard Simmons.

Chair of the judging panel, the CEO of National Accident Helpline Russell Atkinson said: “I would like to congratulate the winners on their tremendous achievement. The quality of this year’s entries was unbelievably high, but the belief Amy and Lukas showed in the principle of access to justice really shone through.”

Lawyer 2B has published both Lukas and Amy’s winning essays. In his, Lukas argues that the battle to save state-funded legal services has been largely lost, and we must accept that radical new solutions are needed. He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have won. I’d like to thank the judging panel as well as my friends and family who have supported me to date.”

Amy, meanwhile, proposed the creation of a National Justice Service, mirroring the National Health Service. She said: “I’m absolutely elated to have won this award, and I’m very much looking to the work experience placement Colemans-ctts have planned for me this summer. I was incredibly surprised to win, and it’s been lovely to meet the other candidates and the judges. The whole experience has given me a real boost.”

The winners were revealed at a three-course awards lunch in the Old Court Room at the historic Lincoln’s Inn in Chancery Lane.

Future Legal Mind Finalists

Future Legal Mind winners
Future Legal Mind winners Amy Loughery and Lukas Hamilton Eddy with the judging panel