A student from the University of Law has been named ‘Future Legal Mind 2017', winning £5,000 and a placement at law firm Simpson Millar.
Hana Kapadia, who is studying for her Graduate Diploma in Law, clinched the title with her essay on why the UK civil justice system needs lawyers.
The 21-year-old student from Cheltenham said:
I still can't believe it, to be honest. I was elated to hear that I won.
To have won such a prestigious award is a real honour, and I cannot express how grateful I am.
Winning the competition will undoubtedly provide a huge boost to my CV, and is going to be a huge aid financially, to give me a sense of security towards funding my studies.
I would definitely recommend all law students to enter Future Legal Mind 2018.
National Accident Helpline managing director and chair of judges Simon Trott, said:
We were extremely impressed with Hana's essay. It was thoroughly researched, lively, and showed a deep understanding of the UK legal system.
Hana's perception of the development of society and how this affects the legal profession was profound.
We wholeheartedly congratulate Hana on her hard work, and look forward to seeing her develop her legal career, supported by Future Legal Mind.
Heather Jane, who also studies at the University of Law, gained the title of ‘finalist' for the award. Future Legal Mind 2017 received by far the most entries since its inception in 2014.
Heather and eight other finalists will all receive £250. The remaining finalists are: Morris Seifert and Thomas Stokoe of BPP University, George Dick of University of Dundee, Bethany Hargreaves of University of Manchester, Comfort Ochefu of University of Chester, Katharine Strange of City Law School, Jane Taylor of University of Westminster and Charlotte Werner of University of Exeter.
To find out more about Future Legal Mind, and for details on entering the 2018 award, visit our Future Legal Mind page.