The Times / Kingsley Napley

2016 Student Advocacy Competition Final

£7000 worth of prizes, 100+ students, 77 Entries, 4 Judges, 4 Finalists, Conor Monighan Wins

20 September 2016

On Monday 19th 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 "Is it time to give anonymity to defendants accused of rape and other sexual crimes?", as well as answering questions from an esteemed judging panel and the student audience (over 100 students). 

Conor Monighan receives first prize from The Right Honourable Lady Justice Rafferty

There could only be one winner - and although it was a tough choice, the judging panel awarded Conor Monighan from Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, the top prize of £3000 - as well as a trophy, a certificate and giant big cheque!

Coming in equal second place were Tommy Dominguez of the University of East Anglia and Tom Warden from the University of Law in London -- each taking home £1500 and Claire Carroll from the University of Limerick, Ireland came third, taking home £500.

Tommy, pictured below, was also awarded the "Audience Choice" award, which was voted by the students participating in the audience. This awarded Tommy another £500 in prize money.

Getting to the final was a feat in itself. All entrants, of which we had 77, submitted a 90 second clip of themselves speaking on the same topic regarding anonymity to those accused of rape and sexual crimes, which was supported by an 800 word essay. Kingsley Napley lawyers assessed all of the entries, and selected the top four - you can view each of their clips on You Tube:

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.

Judging panel:

  • Stephen Parkinson – Criminal Practice Area Leader (Kingsley Napley)
  • Frances Gibb – Legal Editor (The Times)
  • The Right Honourable Lady Justice Rafferty – (Court of Appeal judge and Head of Judicial College)
  • Alexander Cameron QC – Head of Chambers  (Three Raymond Buildings)

For more information on what we were looking for, watch our own YouTube clip featuring Sandra Paul (Partner in the Criminal Team) and Julie Norris (Partner in the Regulatory Team).

We look forward to working with The Times to run the event again in 2017!

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