Former College of Law student Felicity Thompson has won this year’s Gamlen Prize awarded for excellent performance on the Legal Practice Course (LPC), while fellow College student Rebecca Hammond has been named runner-up.
Felicity and Rebecca both passed the LPC at the College’s London Bloomsbury centre in July and were nominated for the prize by College tutors.
The Gamlen Prize is awarded by the City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society to the student considered the most promising LPC candidate. Nominations are made by the LPC providers in the society’s area and the prize is open to trainee solicitors who are either a member of the society or undertaking a training contract with a law firm or organisation based in the area.
Felicity has a training contract with Harbottle & Lewis and was presented with the winner’s shield and a cheque for £250 by Julian Chadwick, a partner with law firm Thomas Eggar and one of the Gamlen trustees. Rebecca, who is a trainee with Mishcon De Reya, received the second prize of £150.
Felicity said: “I was delighted to be nominated for the Gamlen Prize by The College of Law and, given the stiff competition from the other candidates, thrilled to be picked as the winner for 2012. Having only just started my training contract with Harbottle & Lewis LLP, I look forward to putting the skills I learned from the LPC at Bloomsbury into practise over the next two years.”
Julian Chadwick, a partner with law firm Thomas Eggar and one of the Gamlen trustees, presents the Gamlen Prize to Felicity Thompson (left) and the runner-up prize to Rebecca Hammond.
The Gamlen Prize was set up in 1991 under the Gamlen Charitable Trust in memory of the Gamlen family and in particular, St John Gamlen, who was the last of five generations of solicitors. Nominees are assessed on their ability to explain a complicated subject in plain English to a layperson, and this year’s challenge was to explain a mortgage to a first time buyer.
Ashley Badcock, organiser and one of the judges of the prize, said: “All candidates were impressive and clearly justified their nomination by their LPC Course provider so selecting a winner was difficult. Felicity impressed us with her clear and client friendly explanation of a complex legal process.”
The winner in 2011 was Matthew Parritt, also a Harbottle & Lewis trainee and former College of Law Bloomsbury student.