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Law Reform Essay Competition

Sophie Smith-Holland, pupil barrister within our Family Practice Group, has won the “Highly Commended” £500 prize for the Bar Council’s Law Reform Essay Competition 2017. Entrants were asked to submit an essay no longer than 3000 words identifying and making a case for a law reform that is desirable, practical and useful. The winning essay titled “It’s not you… and it’s not me, either”: The case for no-fault divorce in England and Wales” will be published on the Bar Council’s website shortly, following her success Sophie will be attending the Law Reform Lecture in London to collect the award on the 15 December 2017.

The Bar Council’s Law Reform Essay Competition is an annual event aimed at developing and fostering an interest in law reform in pupils, law students, CPE/GDL students, BPTC students and those aiming for a career at the Bar.The Bar Council 2017

Many congratulations to Sophie on this achievement

Interested in honing your writing skills and enhancing your CV achievements? If yes, then enter the Bar Council’s Law Reform Essay competition. This is an annual event aimed at developing and fostering an interest in law reform in pupils, law students, CPE/GDL students, BPTC students and those aiming for a career at the Bar.

The competition is sponsored by the Bar Council Scholarship Trust and offers prizes of:

  • £4,000 for the winner
  • £2,500 for the runner up
  • £1,500 for the best CPE/GDL entry
  • £1,000 for the runner up CPE/GDL entry
  • 2 x £500 highly commended awards.

To enter, submit an essay of  no more than 3000 words which identifies and makes the case for a law reform that is desirable, practical and useful.

For further details on applying, go to the Bar Council website and read examples of previous winning essays.

Deadline for applications is by email, no later than 17.00 on Friday 29 September 2017. For further questions, please contact LawReform@BarCouncil.org.uk.

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