Future Legal Mind 2016

Read about the 2016 Future Legal Mind award for undergraduate law students.

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The awards ceremony

Congratulations to all our 2016 finalists, who enjoyed a glamorous ceremony in the Old Court Room at the historic Lincoln’s Inn in Chancery Lane, central London. Awards were presented following a drinks reception and three-course lunch. Finalists also had the opportunity to quiz the judges in an informal careers Q&A session.

The entry process

Contestants for this prestigious and very competitive award were asked to answer the following question:

Is the commoditisation of legal services inevitable and is a commercial approach more likely to compromise or enhance the quality of advice and service to consumers?

Read more about Future Legal Mind and how to get involved.

Meet the winner and finalists

Our winner, Tom Phillips, received a cheque for £5,000, with our highly commended candidate, George Croft, receiving £2,000. Tom and George also gained a highly sought-after two-week work placement with our partner law firm Simpson Millar. All eight of this year’s remaining finalists received a cheque for £250.

Tom Phillips - WINNER

Tom is currently a GDL student at the City Law School and previously studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University.

Tom would like to pursue a career at the Bar and ultimately develop a public law practice which he hopes would enable him to protect the most vulnerable members of our society.

Outside the law, Tom is passionate about sport. He has played tennis throughout his life, took up men’s lacrosse at University and recently cycled from London to Paris.

Tom Phillips 2016 Future Legal Mind Winner


George is studying for the graduate diploma in law (GDL) at the University of Law, Birmingham, after graduating with a French and Spanish degree from Oxford University in 2013. In the two years after his undergraduate degree he taught French and Spanish in primary and secondary schools, which included a very demanding but formative spell as a supply teacher in the West Midlands.

George decided to study law because it appeals to his logical mind, and looks forward to using his personal skills to develop good client relationships. He has been struck by how much the law applies to our everyday lives, and how quickly society would descend into chaos without firm and clear rules.

In his spare time, George enjoys playing and watching sports. He’s a keen Crystal Palace fan and shares a season ticket with his brothers.

George croft, a finalist at future legal mind 2016

Nada Aswad

Nada is a final year law student at the University of London (Birkbeck). During her degree Nada has dedicated all of her evenings, weekends and holidays to studying, as she has combined reading law with a full-time job as a corporate PA in order to fund her studies.

Nada’s desire to pursue a career in the legal profession stems from her fascination about the relationship between law, economics and finance.

In her spare time, Nada enjoys travelling to countries with a rich cultural heritage. One of her favourite destinations is Jordan.

Nada Aswad posing at the 2016 future legal mind awards lunch in london

Isaac Creighton

Londoner Isaac Creighton graduated with a First Class degree in BA Business Law and International Business before continuing at London Metropolitan University to pursue the graduate diploma in Law (GDL).

Isaac was drawn to the law through first-hand experience of volunteering to assist those in need of advice and also through an interest in problem-solving. He has an admiration for the work of legal professionals and in particular the help that their advice can give to those facing difficult times.

Outside the law, Isaac has a personal interest in technology and business and also enjoys cycling and travelling.

Finalist of future legal mind 2016 Isaac Creighton posing at the awards lunch

Daniel Doig

Daniel Doig is an aspiring solicitor from the town of Knaresborough and is currently studying for an LLB in law at Leeds Beckett University.

Daniel was attracted to law after working for a year in a solicitors firm in Bradford, where he was impressed and inspired by the professionalism, dedication and intellectual challenge that practising law requires.

Aside from studying, Daniel cycles all over Yorkshire. He’s also passionate about using his skills to help others and volunteers for the Citizens Advice Bureau in Wakefield.

Daniel Doig smiling at the future legal mind 2016 awards lunch

Charlotte Jose

Charlotte Jose, from Finchingfield in Essex, is a third year LLB Law student at the University of Portsmouth.

The ever-changing landscape of the law fascinates her, with judges, scholars and barristers constantly working toward a better and just system. Charlotte has a particular interest in the doctrine of joint enterprise, a problematic area of law which she finds both fascinating and testing.

Charlotte has competed in showjumping both at home and abroad at the highest of levels, carrying her passion through to university, where she competes on the university teams.

Charlotte Jose smiling at the awards lunch in london

Simone Farrer

Simone Farrer, from Perthshire, is in her fourth year of studying Law at the University of Glasgow. She also spent a brief period learning Competition Law in the Netherlands. She will be studying Media Law at the University of Westminster in the summer.

Simone chose to study law because she enjoys helping people. She anticipates that a legal career will offer her a diverse range of opportunities, intellectually stimulating work and challenging experiences.

Outside the lecture theatre and work, Simone has taken part in voluntary work, student representation and mooting. She also runs a photography blog, enjoys playing the guitar and mandolin, and cycling. She recently tried paragliding and aims to continue in the summer months.

Simone Farrer holding finalist certificate for Future Legal Mind 2016

Ryan Pledge

Ryan Pledge comes from Bicester, just outside Oxford, and is currently studying at the University of Portsmouth.

He first became interested in law when researching his employment rights as a part-time employee on a zero hours contract, and his interest has only grown through being able to appreciate how the law touches almost every area of modern life.

Ryan also enjoys keeping fit, whether that be in the gym, playing football or hiking, as well as reading for pleasure. He is currently saving up for an East to West trip across America, a lifelong dream of his, and to be able to afford to create these memories is one of the many reasons a legal career appeals to him.

Ryan Pledge, Future Legal Mind finalist posing at the awards ceremony in London

Rebecca Titus Cobb

Rebecca Titus Cobb is originally from Staffordshire and now lives in Manchester. She graduated from King’s College London in 2012 with a first class degree in History. Following graduation, she worked as a Caseworker and Constituency Assistant for an MP and now works as a Commissioner Support Officer for the Independent Police Complaints Commission, assisting the Commissioner with complaints made against the police and incidents of police misconduct.

Alongside her employment, she is currently studying the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) part time at BPP University and plans to study for the Bar Professional Training Contract (BPTC). Rebecca is specifically interested in Human Rights Law and public law, especially how the law impacts on the function and duties of public bodies.

Rebecca enjoys travelling and learning languages; she has previously studied Russian and Spanish in her spare time.

Rebecca Titus Cobb with her certificate in the old court room london

Pavlos Artemios Xagoraris

Pavlos Xagoraris is currently in his first year studying the graduate entry LLB at City Law School, following his undergraduate degree in Music Technology at the University of Hertfordshire, where he graduated at the top of his class with first class honours.

During the second year of his undergraduate studies, Pavlos studied intellectual property law and licensing of music,  which led him to write his final year dissertation on copyright law and moral rights. Subsequently, he enrolled for the Graduate Entry LLB, with the aim of combining his technical knowledge in music with legal skills in order to pursue a career in entertainment law.

Outside the law, Pavlos’ hobbies have always been music orientated. He has produced, mixed and mastered records for various bands of many genres, as well as creating customised music software and hardware. While living in Athens Pavlos competed for various local football clubs.

Pavlos Artemios Xagoraris posing at the future legal mind 2016 awards lunch
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