Berwick student shortlisted for national law prize

A student from Berwick has been named as a finalist for Future Legal Mind, a legal award run annually by National Accident Helpline.

Friday, 17th March 2017, 7:33 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:06 am
Jane Taylor

Jane Taylor, who is studying her graduate diploma in law at the University of Westminster, is one of a handful of finalists for Future Legal Mind 2017, a national award for UK law undergraduates.

The 32-year-old student and supply planner is in line for a potential £5,000 prize and work placement at law firm Simpson Millar, after impressing industry judges with an essay on the UK’s civil justice system.

Candidates were asked to answer the question: If eBay can resolve 60million disputes each year, why does the UK civil justice system need lawyers?

The winner’s essay will be posted on, and all finalists will receive £250.

Jane, who has also studied languages and social anthropology, said: “I’m really excited to be shortlisted for such a prestigious competition. It’s a real honour to be considered for the top prize. Working at the same time as doing the GDL can be tough, but nice surprises like this make it worth it.”

Jane speaks fluent French and Italian and, coupled with her customer service experience, she believes that this can give her the edge in the competitive legal industry.

She added: “I read the winning entries from the last few years and they were of a very high standard. I’m looking forward to finding out the final result.”

Simon Trott, managing director of National Accident Helpline, and chair of judges for Future Legal Mind, said: “It’s hugely important that we foster the next generation of lawyers by encouraging talented individuals, and that’s what we aim to do with the Future Legal Mind award.

“The standard of entries this year has been exceptionally high, giving our legal judging panel lots to discuss.

“We’ve also received more entries than ever before, so shortlisted candidates should be extremely pleased with their achievement at getting this far.”

To view the full shortlist and find out who the winner is on March 29th, visit: The page also has details on how to register for next year’s award.