The competition, generously sponsored by the Bar Council Scholarship Trust, was open to pupils, law students, CPE and BPTC students. Entrants were asked to write an essay of no more than 3000 words making the case for a law reform that is desirable, practical and useful. Prizes ranged from £500 to £4,000.

Prize winners were announced and prizes presented at the Law Reform Lecture at Inner Temple on 15 November by The Right Honourable Lord Sumption who delivered an interesting and stimulating lecture on the topic “Home Truths about Judicial Diversity”. A transcript of Lord Sumption’s speech is available on The Supreme Court and Bar Council websites and the winning entries in the essay competition are available to view on the Bar Council website