• Leading Family Law Firm Awards Outstanding Student in Memory of Former Partner

  • 12 December 2011

  • Leading UK family law firm, Dawson Cornwell has awarded former College of Law student, Rebecca Hazeldine, with the second annual Peter Clark Prize, for her outstanding performance in the family law paper of the Legal Practice Course (LPC).

    Rebecca was presented with the £2,000 award at the firm’s office in Holborn, London. The prize also includes a two-week internship at Dawson Cornwell, gaining experience in cases involving divorce, financial settlements, international child abduction, forced marriage and dissolution of civil partnerships.

    The prize is open to the ten LPC students who submit the best family law papers at the College’s centre in Bloomsbury, London.

    To enter, students must submit an essay proposing the changes they feel are most needed within family law. They must also submit a statement explaining why they are committed to that field of practice.

    Rebecca, aged 22 from Hove, East Sussex, completed the LPC in July 2011, achieving 87 per cent in her family law exam. Her winning essay explored the issue of extending parental rights to grandparents.

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    Rebecca Hazeldine, the 2011 Peter Clark Prize winner

    She said: “It is a great privilege to win the award and to be recognised for my achievement. I have really enjoyed studying family law at both university and during the LPC as it is an interesting area of law and one that is constantly changing and bringing forward new issues. This area of law impacts on the lives of everyday people and working in this area of law would provide many opportunities to work with people and help make a difference.”

    Rebecca graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2010 with a 2:1 in Law. She is now working as a paralegal at TPP Law where she hopes to commence her two-year training contract in March 2012 in order to qualify as a solicitor.

    The annual prize was established last year in memory of Peter Clark, who was a partner at Dawson Cornwell from 1993 until his death in April 2010. Peter Clark was revered and respected within the world of family law and was a driving force behind leading family law precedent book Practical Matrimonial Precedents published by Sweet & Maxwell.

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    Peter Clark (1947 – 2010) a former partner at Dawson Cornwell in whose memory the new student prize has been set up

    Dawson Cornwell’s senior partner, John Cornwell said: “Peter’s contribution to his clients, this firm and to the field of Family Law was immense. We trust that this prize goes a little way to recognising that and to inspire young lawyers to emulate him.”

    Dawson Cornwell is one of the UK’s leading specialist family law firms.  It has departments specialising in children and money with particular expertise in work involving an international element. The firm also advises on property and probate, and thus, unlike other niche matrimonial firms, Dawson Cornwell is able to offer full training contracts.

    Richard de Friend, Chair of The College of Law’s Academic Board said: "The College is very honoured that Dawson Cornwell decided to memorialise Peter Clark in this way. In addition to a generous sum of money, the prize provides invaluable work experience, and testifies to the importance of family law, the area in which Peter Clark specialised, and so many College students wish to practise."

    Further information:

    Stephen Harker, Dawson Cornwell, 15 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4QT on 0207 539 4805 (sh@dawsoncornwell.com)

    Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (lucy.wray@lawcol.co.uk)