Marianne Johnson wins inaugural Bishop & Sewell Legal Research Award
Marianne Johnson, a Final Year student on the Legal Practice Course (LPC) has won the inaugural Bishop & Sewell Legal Research Award, held in collaboration with The City Law School.
The Award ceremony took place on May 28th at Bishop & Sewell’s Russell Square offices.
Open to all LPC students at The City Law School, the contestants were invited to submit a legal research memorandum answering questions based on a well known copyright case. Five selected finalists went before a panel of judges to present their findings.
The finalists were also given the opportunity to talk informally to staff about a career in Law.
The judges were impressed with the high calibre of finalists and unanimously chose Marianne Johnson as winner. She received a cash prize and a week of work experience at Bishop & Sewell.
Runners-up were Matthew Manso de Zuniga and Alex Braune.
Jonathan Ow and Jasper Whitfield were praised for their commendable participation in the competition.
Marianne said the competition was “a chance to test the Legal Research and Writing skills I have learnt on the LPC on a fun fact pattern but challenging area of law.”
“Thinking practically about the client's objectives forced me to go further in my research by including commercial as well as legal considerations, and having presented the research, I now feel more confident proposing my findings, and I have gained valuable insight into the type of research tasks I will have to deal with in practice”, Marianne adds.
Director of The City Law School’s Legal Practice Course, James Catchpole, said:
The City Law School heartily congratulates Marianne Johnson on being the recipient of the inaugural Bishop & Sewell Legal Research Award. As one of the UK's premier institutions of legal education, The City Law School is delighted to be partnering with Bishop & Sewell to refine the vital research skills of legal professionals in anticipation of the new Solicitor's Qualification Examination (SQE).
Michael Gillman, Partner at Bishop & Sewell, commented:
“While access to information in the digital age has been made much easier, legal research remains an important skill which any aspiring lawyer needs to master. We are delighted to be working with City Law School to not only help students apply the skills they are learning but to also give them the chance to connect with our colleagues about following a career in Law.”