Bar Council Law Reform Essay 2014

The Law Reform Committee of the General Council of the Bar is running its annual essay competition designed to encourage and foster an interest in law reform.

The competition is open to pupil barristers, GDL and BPTC students, qualifying law degree students and those aiming for a career at the Bar. 

Entrants are invited to submit an essay of not more than 3,000 words that identifies and makes the case for a law reform that is desirable, practical and useful.

The competition is sponsored by the Bar Council Scholarship Trust and the prizes are:

  • £4,000 for the winner
  • £2,500 for the runner up
  • £1,500 for the best CPE/GDL student entry
  • £1,000 for the runner up CPE/GDL entry
  • 2 x £500 highly commended awards

The closing date for the competition is 5pm on7 October 2014. The prizes will be presented immediately after the Annual Law Reform Lecture, which this year will be given by Professor Sir Francis Jacob on Tuesday 18 November 2014 at 17:30 in Inner Temple Hall.

Further details, together with rules and entry form are on the Bar Council website.

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Phoebe Whitlock wins First Prize in Bar Council Law Reform essay competition

Her winning entry in the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) category explored software patent reform.

•by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Phoebe Whitlock, a 2016 graduate of the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) course in The City Law School, has won First prize in the GDL category of the Bar Council's Law Reform Essay Competition.

She submitted the essay, Rivalling Silicon Valley: The case for the reform of Software Patents.

Prince of Wales scholar

Phoebe studied for the GDL qualification following the successful completion of her undergraduate degree in Politics.

This year she is studying on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) as a Prince of Wales scholar and an Advocacy scholar. She is also editor of the Gray's Inn Student Law Journal and Student Director of Streetlaw Enterprise.

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