The Times / Kingsley Napley 2017 Student Advocacy Competition

'Do we need new laws to combat fake news?'

Prizes totalling £7000 - Deadline for entries 27 July

"Taking part in the Times Advocacy Competition was a fantastic experience, and I learnt so much from the process. The ‘advocacy master class’ is invaluable, as is the unique chance to present your case to a leading Court of Appeal judge. Winning the competition has opened up an array of opportunities for me, and I’d highly recommend entering if you’re thinking of doing so."

Conor Monighan, The Times/ Kingsley Napley Advocacy Competition Winner 2016

The Times/Kingsley Napley Student Advocacy competition 2017 is now open, with this year's topic being: 

‘Do we need new laws to combat fake news?’ 

The four finalists will present their arguments to the panel of judges and an invited audience on 25 September 2017, in the spectacular central London offices of News UK, home of The Times newspaper.

The final will be judged by an esteemed judging panel and student audience. The judging panel this year includes:

The competition provides an exciting opportunity for students to build on their advocacy skills with the support of experienced advocates. To read about last year's event, click here.


  • 1st place: £3000 and one week’s work experience at Kingsley Napley LLP
  • 2nd place: £2000
  • 3rd place: £1000
  • 4th place: £500
  • Audience prize: (voted for by the student audience): £500


The competition is open to students over 16 years old studying at a UK academic institution (school/higher education/university/professional qualification or institute) in the academic year 2016-2017, or registered to study there in the academic year 2017-2018, at the time the competition closes on 27 July 2017.

The four finalists will attend an Advocacy Master Class at Kingsley Napley offices in London on 11 September 2017. Hosted by Sandra Paul, experienced advocates, including Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb, will assist the finalists in perfecting their presentations for the final.

The finalists must attend and participate in the final on 25 September 2017.

Watch Conor Monighan speak about winning 
 last year's  competition:

How to enter

Applicants are asked to upload a 90 second clip to their own YouTube channel on the topic: ‘Do we need new laws to combat fake news?’ The link to this clip, along with an 800 word skeleton argument, outlining all or part of their argument, should then be emailed to and received by noon (12:00hrs) on 27 July 2017.

The finalists will be announced on the Kingsley Napley website on
18 August 2017.

Watch the videos of our four 2016 finalists (from left to right): Tom Warden, Claire Carroll, Tommy Dominguez and winner Conor Monighan

How to attend the final

The student audience will participate in a range of interesting and interactive activities throughout the afternoon. This year the activities will include an opportunity to learn and practice advocacy, obtain information about careers in law and to hear from the Kingsley Napley solicitors whose work includes combating fake news. There will be plenty of time to network and have fun.

Last year there were over 3400 Tweets and other interactions during the final, some of which can be found here.

We are particularly interested in welcoming students in years 11 through 13 to the final. Places to attend are free but for security reasons, attendees must be registered in advance of the final. To secure a free place, or to book for a group of students from your school, please email us at

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