Future legal mind

Work experience at a top UK law firm and over £7,000 in prize money is on offer in this national award for UK resident law students.

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Future legal mind is a national award for UK resident students, set up by National Accident Helpline to recognise young legal talent.

The award, run in association with legal industry publication Lawyer 2B, is now an annual scheme following its successful launch in 2014, aims to identify the next generation of high fliers in the legal world, offering law students the opportunity to win £5,000 towards their studies and a coveted work experience placement.

Future legal mind 2017: the shortlist

Congratulations to all of those who have been shortlisted for Future legal mind 2017. This year’s award is highly competitive, with more essays entered than ever before.

The candidates shortlisted for Future legal mind 2017 are:

Morris Seifert, BPP University

George Dick, University of Dundee

Bethany Hargreaves, University of Manchester

Hana Kapadia, University of Law Winner

Heather Jane, University of Law

Comfort Ochefu, University of Chester

Thomas Stokoe, BPP University

Katharine Strange, City Law School

Jane Taylor, University of Westminster

Charlotte Werner, University of Exeter

If you’d like to register for Future legal mind 2018, please email futurelegalmind@nahl.co.uk with your full name, university and course title, with ‘Register me for Future legal mind 2018’ as the email subject line.

The award is open to all permanent UK residents studying for an undergraduate law degree, CILEX qualification or law conversion course (GDL or CPE).

Prizes are:
  • 1st prize: £5,000 and a work experience placement at Simpson Millar
  • Nine runner-up prizes: £250 each

Simon Trott, Managing Director of National Accident Helpline and chair of judges, says:

“Future legal mind is a great opportunity for law students to gain an invaluable boost to their chances of breaking into the legal profession. At National Accident Helpline, we believe that it is crucial to have a steady pipeline of the best talent entering the legal system to ensure that people continue to have access to justice. It’s been heartening to see the positive impact the last two years’ awards have had on our winners, and we are excited to be offering this chance to a new group of students for Future legal mind 2017.”

Meet the judges

Simon Trott

Simon chairs the judging panel for Future legal mind and is managing director of National Accident Helpline. Before joining NAH in 2015, Simon held a number of senior positions in the insurance industry, most recently at RK Harrison Insurance Services, where he was Executive Director. Prior to joining RKH, Simon spent 11 years in senior management roles at Towergate, culminating in the position of CEO of Towergate Direct. His previous roles have included managing businesses which specialise in marketing directly to consumers and providing products and services from third parties.

Simon Trott Future Legal Mind

Jonathan White

NAH Legal Director Jonathan joined National Accident Helpline in 2010. He guided NAH through LASPO and is responsible for public affairs and legal compliance. He heads NAH’s audit and consultancy functions, working with law firms and commercial partners in managing service delivery and product development including after the event insurance. Jonathan participated in the government’s Insurance Fraud Taskforce personal injury workstream in 2015. Prior to joining NAH, Jonathan spent 11 years as a claimant personal injury solicitor at Harvey Ingram LLP where he was a member of the Law Society Personal Panel and an APIL senior litigator.

Jonhatan White Future Legal Mind

Richard Simmons

Richard is editor of Lawyer 2B, the leading dedicated magazine and website for aspiring lawyers, solicitors and barristers. He has previously worked for the Chambers Student Guide and for a leading good university publication.

Richard Future Legal Mind

Janet Tilley

Janet Tilley is Director of Volume Services at Simpson Millar and one of Colemans-ctts’ founding partners. She has a wide range of expertise and experience within the personal injury claims market. She is a former member of the Civil Justice Council, former chair of The Motor Accidents Solicitors Society (MASS), Consultant to National Accident Helpline (NAH) and Alternate Director of Portal Company. Janet’s vision of the future and her legal expertise, experience and passion have resulted in the creation of the Legal Processing Centre (LPC) which delivers market leading efficiency and quality to consumers through the use of efficient processing.

Janet Future Legal Mind

Future legal mind terms and conditions


  • To enter this competition, you must be either:
  • A currently enrolled student studying any undergraduate legal degree course (legal component minimum 50%) at a UCAS-approved UK institution; or
  • A currently enrolled student studying for CILEx qualifications at an approved institution
  • A student enrolled on Graduate Diploma in Law or Common Professional Examination course in the UK in 2017, as approved by the Central Applications Board
  • Proof of registration will be required before monies will be released
  • All competition entrants must be permanent residents in the UK
  • This competition is NOT open to employees of National Accident Helpline, Lawyer 2B, their families or anyone else associated with this competition. The Marketing Director’s decision as to the eligibility of non-National Accident Helpline parties will be final
  • You may be asked to provide proof of your eligibility at any stage during this competition

Entry process

  • Entries must be no more than 1,300 words long. Footnotes are not included in the word count
  • Entries must also include a 100-word summary of your argument, in addition to the essay of up to 1,300 words
  • Only one entry per person is permitted. Entries on behalf of another person and joint entries will not be accepted
  • Offensive, incomplete, incomprehensible or incorrectly completed entries will not be counted
  • Responsibility cannot be accepted for essays that are lost or delayed, or which are not received for any reason
  • Entrants can quote and reference any resources, but must not plagiarise any part of their entry. Any entries which plagiarise material will be rejected and that entrant barred from entering any future National Accident Helpline competitions or prize giveaways
  • All entries will be given careful consideration. The judges are looking for originality of thought, legal insight, well-structured argument and evidence of research, using a recognised referencing system e.g. Harvard style. Entries must be in English

Winners’ selection

  • A shortlist will be published in advance of the announcement of the winner
  • Shortlisted candidates will be notified direct by e-mail
  • We reserve the right to request proof of award winners’ identity in the form of a passport or driving licence and proof of address in the form of a utility bill dated within the previous 12 months. If the award winner is unable to supply proof of identity in an acceptable format, we may withdraw the prize and select another winner
  • A nominated judging panel including representatives from National Accident Helpline and Lawyer 2B will select the winning entry and other finalists. Their decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  • National Accident Helpline reserves the right not to award the prize if, in the judges’ opinion, no entries meet the required standard, or to extend the closing date if insufficient entries of the required quality have been received by the deadline date
  • By entering the award scheme you grant to National Accident Helpline, its agents, and others working under its authority, full and free use of any images of you taken during the competition process. You agree that we may publish and share your name, age, academic institution, location, your submitted entry, details of your prize and information related to your entry. You will retain ownership of copyright in your entry but you give National Accident Helpline (and any third party authorised by National Accident Helpline) your irrevocable permission to use, reproduce, publish, display, transmit, copy, amend, store and sub-licence your entry worldwide for such promotional purposes and for the purposes of the competition.
  • Entrants agree to take part in promotional activity if entry is shortlisted and agree that images or quotations may be used for news, research and/or educational purposes in any medium including but not limited to printed publications, displays, on television or on the National
  • Accident Helpline and Lawyer 2B websites, intranet or social media properties.

Prize & Delivery

  • One cash prize of £5,000 is available for the winner, and cash prizes of £250 to the remaining finalists
  • A work placement will be offered to the winner. This must be taken by the end of the year of winning
  • The winning entry will be published online on Lawyer 2B’s website at l2b.thelawyer.com
  • We award cash prizes in the form of a cheque in the name of the prize-winner
  • The prizes are not transferable and non-exchangeable


  • National Accident Helpline reserves the right to amend these rules at any time. If we do this, we will publish the amended rules and/or specific competition rules on this page. It is the responsibility of entrants to keep themselves informed as to any changes to the rules
  • National Accident Helpline reserves the right to end this promotion at any time, and without notice
  • In the event of any dispute regarding the rules, the conduct or results of the competition, or any other matter relating to a competition, the decision of National Accident Helpline shall be final and unchallengeable and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into, comment issued, or reason given in respect of any decision made by National Accident Helpline
  • By entering this competition, you agree that you will be legally bound by these terms and conditions. These Terms & Conditions shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of England and Wales
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