Two outstanding trainee solicitors were recognised for their exceptional essay-writing skills in this year’s Horsfall Turner essay competition.


  • First prize of £1,000 went to Helena Connors, a trainee solicitor at Bristows LLP
  • Highly commended prize of £250 went to Patrick Todd, a trainee solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Professor Richard Whish, president of the Competition Section and an Emeritus professor of law at King’s College London, and Richard Eccles, chair of the Competition Section committee, awarded the winners of the essay prize.

You can download the winning essays below.

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

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

We would like to express our gratitude to all those who entered and to the essay judges.

The Horsfall Turner essay question for 2018 was:

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

The Horsfall Turner essay prize is a prestigious award given 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.

Many see this as a great way to distinguish themselves amongst their peers and help grow their career. See a list of previous winners and their essays.