The next generation of movers and shakers in the legal arena gathered at The College of Law in Birmingham to receive prizes for outstanding performance during their postgraduate studies at the College.
The College of Law in Birmingham’s first award winners from the Bar Vocational Course. Left to right: Siobhan Saunders, Jane Walmsley, William Dobson, Timothy Jacques, Brendan Webster, Amina Graham and Chanel Camilleri.
Around 30 of the top students, who completed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) at the Great Hampton Street centre this year, attended the awards ceremony.
The College began running its BVC course for prospective barristers in 2007 and it was the first time that BVC graduates took their place among the award winners. The prize for the Best Overall BVC Student went to William Dobson.
Other winners included James Ellis from Smethwick, who not only received the Best Overall GDL Student prize awarded by law firm Mills & Reeve, but also walked away with the Richard Tuddenham Prize for the best GDL student across the College’s six nationwide centres.
Abrar Hussain also scooped a national award, receiving the Roger Leyland Prize, sponsored by international law firm Herbert Smith. The prize is awarded annually for the highest overall mark in the College's Legal Practice Course achieved by a student from a Black/Asian ethnic group. It is in memory of Roger Leyland, a former partner at Herbert Smith, who chaired the College's ethnic minority subcommittee.
Winner of Best Overall Birmingham LPC Student, awarded by law firm Hammonds, went to Emma Bryant while the DLA Piper award for the highest combined mark in the Business & Commercial Law part of the LPC course was won by Emily May.
Bernardette Griffin, Regional Director for The College of Law, said: “The LPC, GDL and BVC are very demanding courses and it is an achievement just to pass. The award winners have shown amazing hard work and dedication as well as the flexibility and breadth of skills and knowledge essential for practising lawyers.
“It is particularly satisfying to congratulate the Birmingham centre’s first BVC award winners. The course has received tremendous support from the Midlands Chambers and the judiciary and fulfilled a need of the Midlands legal community. We are pleased to have the sponsorship and support of the legal profession.”