Future Legal Mind

Work experience at a top UK law firm and £5,000 in prize money is on offer in this national award for UK resident law students.


We believe it’s crucial to attract the very best people to the legal sector; our annual Future Legal Mind Award aims to identify the next generation of high fliers in the legal world and support their hard work and commitment.

Open to UK resident law students, the winner of Future Legal Mind is awarded a financial contribution towards their studies as well as a work experience placement at one of our high-quality legal firms.

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

“It’s been heartening to see the positive impact the last three years’ awards has had on our winners, and we are excited to be offering this chance to a new group of students for Future Legal Mind Award 2018.”

Register for Future Legal Mind 2018

Future Legal Mind 2018 is now open for entries. This year’s essay question is:

“The personal injury legal sector is frequently attacked by government, insurers and media as ambulance-chasing lawyers seeking to promote a compensation culture.  What can organisations in the personal injury legal sector do differently in order to dispel the misconceptions and bring integrity back to claiming compensation?”

The deadline for submissions is 11th February 2018 (extended from the 14th January 2018). To submit an essay and enter the competition, please complete this form. Remember to read the terms and conditions at the bottom of this page before you enter.

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
Read about last year's Future Legal Mind award

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, 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 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 website, intranet or social media properties.

Prize & Delivery

  • One cash prize and a work placement is available for the winner
  • 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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