On Monday 25th September, Kingsley Napley was proud to sponsor The Times / Kingsley Napley Student Advocacy Competition Final.
Our four finalists were brilliant, each of them delivering compelling arguments on the topic "Do we need new laws to combat fake news?", as well as answering questions from an esteemed judging panel and the student audience (over 100 students).
India Moore and Christian Hughes receive joint first prize from The Right Honourable Lady Justice Rafferty
Selecting the winner was a tough choice, and after much discussion, the judging panel awarded Christian Hughes (The University of York) and India Moore (Cardiff University), joint winners - each taking home £2500.
Coming in equal second place were Andrew German (of Sutton Grammar) and Jack Burrell (from Cambridge University) from the University of Law in London - each taking home £750.
Jack Burrell and Andrew German receive joint runner up from The Right Honourable Lady Justice Rafferty
Christian, pictured below, was also awarded the "Audience Choice" award, which was voted by the students participating in the audience. This awarded him an additional £500 in prize money.
Christian Hughes receives the 'Audience Choice Award' from The Right Honourable Lady Justice Rafferty
Getting to the final was a feat in itself. All entrants submitted a 90 second clip of themselves speaking on the same topic regarding laws to combat fake news, which was supported by an 800 word essay. Kingsley Napley lawyers assessed all of the entries, and selected the top four.
Kingsley Napley and The Times would both like to thank every single applicant who took part in this competition. We would also like to thank the esteemed judging panel and everyone who contributed to making the day a huge success.
- The Right Honourable Lady Justice Rafferty – (Court of Appeal judge and Head of Judicial College)
- Stephen Parkinson – Criminal Practice Area Leader (Kingsley Napley)
- Max Hill ( Independent Reviewer of Terror Legislation)
- Frances Gibb – Legal Editor (The Times)
Judging panel: The Right Honourable Lady Justice Rafferty, Max Hill QC, Stephen Parkinson and Frances Gibb