Law Reform Lecture and Essay Competition 2012 winner

The Law Reform Committee essay competition 2012 was won by Jeremy Goldsmith with his essay “The Frustration of Genuine Wills’: Time for a Dispensing Power?”. Second place went to Sam Jacobs for his entry “Me and Mr Jones: Advocating Time Limits for Immigration Detention”. There were two highly commended prizes awarded to Yvonne Kramo for her entry “The Illusory Right to Liberty: Improving Access to Immigration Bail“ and Vivian Siew for her entry “Human Rights in the Context of Community Care: Moving Beyond Patchwork Reform”. The winner of the CPE category was Clementine Maddock with her entry “Are Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Protecting Vulnerable Adults? The Case for Reform”, and the runner-up CPE entry went to Mek Mesfin for his essay entitled: “The Case for Compulsory Prior Notification in Privacy Cases”.


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 www.barcouncil.org.uk.

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