Ten students are in the running to win £5,000 and be named the UK’s Future Legal Mind.
The competition, run by the National Accident Helpline in association with Lawyer 2B, asked entrants to submit essays in response to a challenging question about the commoditisation of legal services and its effect on consumers, with entries judged by a panel of industry and academic experts.
The winner and runner-up candidate will receive cash prizes of £5,000 and £2,000 respectively, along with a two-week work placement at the law firm Simpson Millar. The remaining eight finalists each receive £250.
This year’s finalists are all studying for a law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). They are:
- Nada Aswad, Birkbeck College, University of London
- Isaac Creighton, London Metropolitan University
- George Croft, University of Law, Birmingham
- Daniel Doig, Leeds Beckett University
- Simone Farrer, University of Glasgow
- Charlotte Jose, University of Portsmouth
- Tom Phillips, City Law School
- Ryan Pledge, University of Portsmouth
- Rebecca Titus Cobb, BPP Manchester
- Pavlos Artemios Xagoraris, City Law School
The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in Lincoln’s Inn on 9 March.
Chair of judges and managing director of National Accident Helpline Simon Trott said: “In a rapidly changing legal landscape it’s vital that our future lawyers are able to strike the right balance between the commercial demands of the profession and the need to protect access to justice and high quality legal services.
We have been very struck by the strength of some of the entries for the award, which provided real food for thought for some seasoned industry veterans.”
Last year’s undergraduate winner, Amy Loughery, won the competition with an essay proposing a National Justice Service.