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A University of Law student has been crowned ‘Future Legal Mind 2017.’

Hana Kapadia, from Cheltenham, is studying for her Graduate Diploma in Law at the institution’s Bristol centre and clinched the title with her essay on why the UK civil justice system needs lawyers, which will be published on Lawyer2B.com next week.

She also wins £5,000 and a placement at law firm Simpson Millar.

It is the third year the competition has run, and it attracted a record number of entries.

National Accident Helpline managing director and chair of judges Simon Trott, said: “We were extremely impressed with Hana’s essay. It was thoroughly researched, lively, and showed a deep understanding of the UK legal system.”

Kapadia said: “I still can’t believe it, to be honest. I was elated to hear that I won.

“To have won such a prestigious award is a real honour, and I cannot express how grateful I am.

“Winning the competition will undoubtedly provide a huge boost to my CV, and is going to be a huge aid financially, to give me a sense of security towards funding my studies.”

Nine other finalists all receive £250. They are

  • Heather Jane, University of Law
  • Morris Seifert, BPP
  • Thomas Stokoe, BPP
  • George Dick, University of Dundee,
  • Bethany Hargreaves, University of Manchester,
  • Comfort Ochefu, University of Chester,
  • Katharine Strange, City Law School,
  • Jane Taylor, University of Westminster and
  • Charlotte Werner, University of Exeter

Last year’s winner, City University student Tom Phillips, took the prize for his essay on whether the commoditisation of legal services is inevitable.

The 2015 winner, York University undergraduate Amy Loughery, answered the question: “If the justice system were a blank canvas and you had the power to structure it, what would you do in terms of access to justice?”

To find out more about Future Legal Mind, and for details on entering the 2018 award, visit the NAH website.

The National Accident Helpline’s Future Legal Mind competition has returned for a third year, offering the chance for promising students to win £5,000 and work experience at a law firm.

To be in with a chance of the prize, entrants must submit an essay no longer than 1,300 words, with the winner published on Lawyer2B.com. Nine runners-up will win £250.

Students will be asked the following question: “If eBay can resolve 60 million disputes each year, why does the UK civil justice system need lawyers?”

The winner of the competition in 2016, Tom Phillips, said: “I have no doubt that winning the competition has provided a significant boost to my CV and will ultimately help me to obtain pupillage. I would encourage all law students to enter the 2017 Future Legal Mind Competition – it is a unique and valuable opportunity.”

2015 winner Amy Loughery, an undergraduate student at the University of York, said that “the awards have really kick-started everything” for her. “I’ve managed to acquire two part-time jobs through winning Future Legal Mind. It’s opened loads of doors for me and I’ve put the £5,000 aside to help fund my post-graduate study. It’s given me security.”

The judging panel will include National Accident Helpline managing director Simon Trott, Lawyer 2B editor Richard Simmons and National Accident Helpline legal director Jonathan White.

Chair of the judges Trott said: “Future Legal Mind is a great opportunity for law students to gain an invaluable boost to their chances of breaking into the legal profession.

It’s been heartening to see the positive impact the last two years’ awards have had on our winners, and we are excited to be offering this chance to a new group of students for Future Legal Mind 2017.”

The competition opens today. The final date on which entries will be accepted is 1 February 2017.

For more details, and to enter, visit the Future Legal Mind website.

Previous winning essays

Is the commoditisation of legal services inevitable?

We have a National Health Service – so why not a National Justice Service?

The days of state-funded legal services are over – so let’s make pro bono tax deductible

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