The finalists of the UK Future Legal Mind 2020 competition have now been revealed. Held by the National Accident Helpline, the competition is one of the most popular legal competitions in the country. It attracts thousands of applications and aims to find the legal stars of tomorrow.
Below, you’ll discover more about the competition and this year’s list of finalists.
What is the Future Legal Mind competition?
The Future Legal Mind competition is hosted annually by the National Accident Helpline. The company is best known for providing no win no fee legal representation. Its annual competition asks university students to write a legal essay in response to a question.
All shortlisted candidates are then asked to record a short video to say why they feel they should win. The winner of the competition receives a generous £2000 cash prize, alongside a mentoring session with an experienced lawyer from the National Accident Helpline.
This year’s finalists The finalist’s of the 2020 Future Legal Mind competition have now been revealed. They include:
· Ben Williams
· Conor Courtney
· Henry Day
· Janahan Sivanathan
· Jessica Hitchcock
· Joseph Kelen
· Mari Watkins
· Nazmin Akthar
· Priya Bahri
· Tamar Knight Ben Williams is a 25-year old student from Hatfield and he is studying with the University of Law in the City of London. His essay for the competition focused on why access to legal aid and the justice system is important.
Conor Courtney from Dublin is currently completing a Masters Degree at UCL in the field of International Commercial Law, the 23-year old also volunteers at the UCL Rare Dementia Legal Advice Clinic. Henry Day is a 22-year old student from Leamington Spa. He studies at the University of Cambridge and his essay focused on his passion to use the law to make positive global changes.
Janahan Sivanathan is currently in his second year at Birkbeck, University of London. The 27-year-old’s essay centred around the changes he felt should be made to immigration law.
Aged 28, Jessica Hitchcock is a trainee legal executive for Ashton’s Legal in Cambridge. Her essay focused on her own personal experience with Endometriosis and how she is now passionate about helping to raise awareness of women’s health in the workplace.
Joseph Kelen is a 25-year old student from the University of Cambridge. He aspires to be a barrister and focused his essay on vagrancy laws. Mari Watkins, a 19-year old student from Swansea University, focused her essay on land law.
Nazmin Akthar is one of the oldest finalists, a 33-year-old part-time student at the University of Law. Priya Bahri is another older finalist aged 31. She is a trainee solicitor for the Disability Law Service, and she used her essay to highlight some of the legal cases she covers within her role.
The final candidate, 20-year old Tamar Knight, studies at the Cardiff University. Her essay focused on environmental law with an aspiration to become a solicitor and campaigner in that field.
Speaking of this year’s finalists, the Managing Director of National Accident Helpline, Tom Fitzgerald, states:
“We received some excellent essays this year from law students and trainees all over the UK, and we’d like to thank everyone who entered the competition. The essays written by our final 10 clearly showed their enthusiasm and passion for the law across a range of niches, including land and environmental law.”
The winner of this popular competition is set to be announced by the end of May.