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Injury law experts reveal Future Legal Minds finalists for 2022
  • May 19, 2022
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Injury law experts National Accident Helpline has announced the finalists of its Future Legal Minds competition, which returned this spring for the eighth consecutive year.

The competition – which is one of the leading law essay competitions in the UK – invited students 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?’.

Law students are now required to send a short recording of why they deserve to be named the winner, to be in with a chance of winning £1,500 towards their studies as well as the opportunity to take part in and complete a work experience placement at National Accident Helpline's law firm, National Accident Law.

This year, the competition was split into two categories – undergraduates and postgraduates – with the finalists including:
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 Aberdee
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

Jonathan White, Legal and Compliance Director at National Accident Helpline said: “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.

“Our Future Legal Minds competition allows us to find upcoming legal stars and we’re delighted to reveal the top 10 finalists - we look forward to announcing the winners soon.”

Finalist Sebastian Dack-Owens, who is currently undertaking the Bar Training Course, is deeply passionate about social justice and giving a voice to those in society who find themselves marginalised and underrepresented – having worked and volunteered at legal advice charities.

Sebastian added: “Winning the Future Legal Mind award would be a great honour and would without a doubt help to support my future career in law. Especially seeing the exceptional standard previous winners have set academically and professionally.

“Being shortlisted and recognised as a potential winner is a huge achievement and whatever the outcome is, I am proud to have been chosen and come this far.”

Deadline for video submissions is Friday 20 May and the winners will be announced on 27 June. Last year’s Future Legal Mind Award was won by BPP University law student Elena Michael, with previous winners having gone on to become solicitors and barristers.

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