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Postgraduate law student wins prestigious legal award

A student studying at the City Law School has won a national award beating hundreds of other entrants

by Nicola Ranson (Communications Officer)

Lukas Hamilton Eddy, a student studying Lukas Hamiltonon the City Law School’s Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), has been named the winner in the Postgraduate section of the 2015 Future Legal Minds Awards. Another City student Benjamin Burns, who is also studying for a BPTC, was shortlisted in this category. 

The national competition aims to reward the ‘brightest legal minds of tomorrow’ and entrants were required to demonstrate original thinking with a well-structured essay on a particular topic. In the postgraduate competition, competitors wrote an essay addressing the question: “How do you think the provision of legal services should change in the next 10 years? How would this affect access to justice?”

Benjamin and Lukas were among five finalists shortlisted out of more than 700 entrants.

Professor Stuart Sime the City Law School BPTC Programme Director, said: 

The essay question addressed topical and highly controversial subjects amid times of rapid change in the legal system. Affordable access to justice is of major concern to staff at the City Law School, as well as in the wider legal community. It is therefore extremely pleasing that Benjamin and Lukas made it through to the final of this competition. Congratulations to Lukas for winning this prestigious award.

Lukas said: “This year’s question immediately stood out because it offered a chance to discuss practical solutions for pressing, real-world problems. I am absolutely thrilled to have won. I could not think of a better way to end my three years at City University London."

Commenting on his nomination, Benjamin said: “I was ecstatic to have been shortlisted for the Future Legal Mind Award. The past year and a half have been a huge learning curve, involving many ups and downs. Opportunities like this are an invaluable stepping stone into the profession, in that they allow me to test my abilities, put my name out there and to learn from the best — it’s a huge boost. I am indebted to National Accident Helpline and Lawyer 2B.”

The winners were announced at a ceremony on Monday 30th March held at the Old Court Room at the historic Lincoln’s Inn in London. They were presented with a £5,000 prize, a week's work experience at Colemans-CTTS Solicitors and the chance to have their essay published by Lawyer 2B.

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