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Injury law experts reveal Future Legal Mind winners for 2022
  • Jun 27, 2022
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Injury law expert, National Accident Helpline, has announced the winners of its Future Legal Mind competition, which has returned for its eighth consecutive year.

This year, the competition – which is one of the leading law essay competitions in the UK – was split into two categories: undergraduate and postgraduate. Now, the winners have been revealed as:

• Undergraduate – Syed Adil, University of Aberdeen
• Postgraduate – Matthew Johnson, Oxford Brookes GDL

Syed and Matthew will each be awarded £1,500 which will go towards their studies, as well as mentoring with experienced lawyers. They will also be given the opportunity to complete a work experience placement at National Accident Helpline’s law firm, National Accident Law.

The competition was judged by National Accident Helpline, with the panel made up of John Kushnick, Legal Operations Director, Jonathan White, Legal and Compliance Director, and Helen Fairhurst, Marketing Director.

On Syed Adil, John Kushnick said: “Syed presented in a calm and caring way, having prepared a thorough and excellently referenced essay. What made him stand out was his passion for law, as amply evidenced by his extensive extra-curricular activities. A very impressive candidate indeed.”

On Matthew Johnson, Jonathan White commented: “Matthew’s essay packed a punch and was very clear and concise. He made a passionate and compelling case and made excellent use of international comparators.”

Runners up of the competition have also been announced as:
• Undergraduate – Tamar Knight, Cardiff University
• Postgraduate – Kieran Power, University of Law Bloomsbury
• Postgraduate – Sebastian Dack-Owens, BPP Law School

As part of the competition, students were invited to submit their thoughts on two topics. These were ‘Now that the UK has officially left the EU, what legal changes would you recommend making over the next 10 years?’ and ‘Is the UK court system fit for purpose and what role should other, alternative forms of dispute resolution play?’.

Shortlisted students were then required to send a short recording of why they deserve to be named the winner.

Jonathan White, Legal and Compliance Director at National Accident Helpline, added: “We believe it’s crucial for the legal sector to evolve in a way that inspires the next generation to build their careers in law - that’s why we continue to run Future Legal Mind.

“We look forward to continuing to support and champion Syed and Matthew in their careers over the years ahead, as well as seeing what the competition will bring in 2023.”

The finalists for this year’s competition were:

1. Farid Ahmed, studying BA Hons Law and Politics at the University of Stirling
2. Simon Cooper, a second-year student at Bournemouth University
3. Syed Adil, studying a dual degree in Scottish and English Law with European Legal Studies at the University of Aberdeen
4. Sarah Daniel, a first-year student at the University of London
5. Tamar Knight, studying an undergraduate LLB Law degree course at Cardiff University

1. Federica Boscolo Gnola, studying a Graduate Diploma in Law Postgraduate Course at the University of Law
2. Jason Nicholson, a postgraduate Legal Practise Course at the University of Law
3. Kieran Power, completing a Graduate Diploma in Law at the University of Law’s London Bloomsbury campus
4. Matthew Johnson, a Graduate Diploma in Law postgraduate student at Oxford Brookes
5. Sebastian Dack-Owens, a Bar Training Course student at BBP Law School

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