07th May 2015

The Kevin De Silva Memorial Essay Competition 14/15

The essay competition is now into its third year and continues to interest students who have the opportunity to have their essays considered by legal professionals in Nottingham. (There is also the incentive of a generous cash prize).

Cartwright King have a keen interest in this competition with three of their solicitors heavily involved with it’s organisation and development.

Naomi De Silva started the competition with the Nottinghamshire Law Society in commemoration of her brother, also a young solicitor in Nottingham. Laura Pinkney, is the Chair of the Education Committee and oversees all of the educational competitions which run under the auspices of the Nottinghamshire Law Society. Steve Kirby, also a member of the NLS Education Committee has a major role in marking the essays and has provided a lot of support to this competition.  

Due to the involvement that Cartwright King Solicitors have in relation to this competition and the close links that they have to the Nottinghamshire Law Society they generously sponsor prizes together with Paragon Law and the Nottinghamshire Junior Lawyers Division who also have connections to this competition.

This year the question was both broad and an area which some the tabloids would consider to be controversial: “Rape is rape – or is it?” The question was created to pique interest and so as not to constrain the appeal of entering the competition by being too narrow or specialist.

Pleasingly, a number of entries were received and provided interesting reading material for those involved in marking the entries. The essays were well drafted, and a lot of time had clearly been taken to research the subject as well as provide a considered opinion.

The winners all provided excellent essays and the winning essay was chosen as it was well balanced in analysis of the history of rape and the law as well as providing a good critique.

The prizes were awarded as follows:

  1. 1st Prize: Sam Hussaini -  LLB student, University of Nottingham
  2. 2nd Prize: Jessica Allen - Second Year Law with French and French Law Student, University of Nottingham
  3. 3rd Prize: Munsif Khan – LPC student, Nottingham Law School

The winning essay has been published in the Nottinghamshire Law Society Bulletin and will also be printed in the Nottingham Law Journal.

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