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The Horsfall Turner essay prize is a prestigious award presented to the best essay submission on a given topic every year.

It is designed to encourage young lawyers to engage with competition and European law.

The first prize is £1,000 plus a highly commended prize/s of £250. All winners were invited as guests to the Competition Section’s annual dinner, where their prizes were presented by the keynote speaker.

Horsfall-Turner essay competition winners 2018 Helena Conners and Patrick Todd

Winners of the Horsfall Turner essay competition 2018, Helena Conners (first prize) and Patrick Todd (highly commended)

Find out more about the competition and read the winning 2018 essays


The Horsfall Turner essay prize list of previous winners




Keynote speaker


The judgment of the Court of Justice in the Coty case changes nothing for the selective distribution model. Discuss.

First prize:

Helena Connors, Bristows LLP

Highly commended:

Patrick Todd, Herbert Smith Freehills

Professor Richard Whish, president of the Competition Section and an Emeritus professor of law at King’s College London


What challenges does the digital economy present for the development of antitrust law?

First prize:

Anna Eckenroth, Herbert Smith Freehills

Highly commended:

Emile Abdul-Wahab, Ashurst LLP

Professor Carl Baudenbacher, president of the EFTA Court


What changes, if any, do you think should be made to UK competition legislation, and to the way it is enforced, in the event of a UK exit from both the European Union and the EEA?

First prize:

Ms Katherine Zinser, Slaughter & May.

Highly commended prizes:

Mr Adam Bruell, Hogan Lovells International LLP

Ms Chloe Kite, DLA Piper.

Dr Andrea Coscelli, acting chief executive of the Competition and Markets Authority.


’Brexit: what would it mean for the UK competition law landscape?

First prize:

Ms Jasminder Chaytor, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Highly commended:

Mr Ali Sadek, Freshfields

Ms Laura K. Elliott, Cooley (UK) LLP

Judge Ian S. Forrester of European Union General Court


Object or effect: where do competition authorities need to draw the line?”

First prize:

Aoife Monaghan, Linklaters LLP

Highly commended:

John Kwan, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Daniel Schwarz, Clifford Chance

Lord David Currie, chairman, Competition and Markets Authority


Will the UK Government’s proposed opt-out regime for collective damages actions facilitate redress for victims of competition law infringements to any significant extent?

First prize:

Daniel Carall-Green, Slaughter & May

Philip Lowe, non executive director of the Competition and Markets Authority and director general for energy, European Commission (former director general for competition)


Is the proposed removal of the ‘dishonesty’ element of the cartel offence a step too far?’

1st prize - William Leslie, Linklaters



Do you agree with the recent ECJ “Murphy” decision? (Cases C - 403/08 and C - 429/08)?

1st prize - Elizabeth Hookham, Linklaters



Are there circumstances in which the exchange of commercially sensitive information between competitors should of itself be considered to constitute an infringement by object under Article 101 TFEU?

1st prize - Kimberley Hall




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The Competition Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section engagement programme has been created in consultation with the Section Advisory Committee and will focus on key issues including:

  • Compliance and regulation
  • Brexit
  • Abuse of dominance
  • Damages actions
  • Mergers
  • Cartel enforcement
  • Dawn Raids
  • Sector Inquiries

These issues will be addressed through a range of activities including: seminars, podcasts, conference, Annual dinner, webinars and a LinkedIn group.

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