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Introducing Your ‘Hammond Cup’ Winner

Samantha Sargeant is a Trainee Solicitor currently undertaking her final seat in Cartwright King’s Fraud department. Based in the East Midlands, she has previously undertaken seats in Employment and Child Care, and will qualify later in 2021.

Samantha recently took part in (and won) the annual ‘Hammond Cup’, which offers fledgling legal hopefuls a chance to put their training into action.

We caught up with Samantha to get the lowdown on winning this prestigious award:

Tell us about the Hammond Cup and what was involved?

“This was the 52nd Hammond Cup; a competition which celebrates advocacy in the legal profession, hosted by Nottinghamshire Law Society.

“In the first round of the competition, applicants were asked to either undertake a civil or criminal application in front of a panel of Judges. I chose to undertake a civil application, where cross-applications for summary judgment had been issued. After making my submission, I was informed that I’d been successful reaching the final.

“The final consisted of a mock-criminal trial, with finalists assigned roles acting for the prosecution or the defence. I was assigned to act for the defence, which meant preparing for an examination-in-chief, cross-examination and closing speech.

“Prior to the trial, I analysed the documents we had been supplied with for any inconsistent statements and anything that would undermine the prosecution’s case.

“The judging panel included Mike Auty QC, Recorder, Patrick Limb QC and John Lymbury, a past president of Nottinghamshire Law Society; so a much esteemed panel of Judge’s.

“All of the finalists were fantastic, and I felt tremendously proud of being named the winner of the Hammond Cup 2021. The Judge’s commented that my cross-examination was particularly thorough and that my use of the law, in relation to racial aggravation, would have persuaded them to strike out this part of the offence in a real court setting, which would have been incredibly beneficial to the client.”

Have you ever won anything before and how did it make you feel when you won?

“Actually, I have! I recently won the ‘Legal Skills Triathlon 2021’, which was arranged by the University of Derby and Derby & District Law Society.

“This was a competition where I worked in a team with a final year student; competing in interviewing, advocacy and negotiation. We won the competition as the best overall team, and I was also awarded the ‘Outstanding Individual Negotiator Award’.

“I feel incredibly proud about winning these two distinguished competitions. As I’m nearing the end of my training contract, I feel that my performance in the competitions is indicative of the amount that I’ve learned and improved, whilst undertaking my different seats within Cartwright King.

“It’s given me confidence in my abilities, as I move forward in my legal career.”

What are your aspirations when you finish your final placement with Cartwright King?

“I intend to qualify into Employment law and commence practice as an Employment Solicitor. It’s something I’m totally committed to and passionate about.”

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You can also see reaction and photos from the event, on the Nottinghamshire Law Society’s dedicated hub.

Legal Disclaimer.

All advice is correct at time of publication.