The Horsfall Turner essay prize is designed to encourage young lawyers to engage with competition and European law.

It is a great way to distinguish yourself amongst your peers and help you grow your career - why not see the list of previous winners and their essays.

The prizes you could win are:

  • a first prize cheque of £1,000 or a highly commended prize cheque for £250
  • an invitation to the Competition Section annual dinner and awards taking place on Thursday 21 November 2019 at the Law Society. All prize winners will be seated on the Competition Section chair’s table
  • presentation of your prize by the annual dinner’s keynote speaker

The Horsfall Turner essay question for 2019 is:

‘Earlier this year, experts from the European Commission (EC) and a UK Digital Competition Expert Panel both made recommendations to adapt competition law and policy to the challenges of the digital era. Do you think the EC was right to propose a presumption of anti-competitive conduct, effectively shifting the burden of proof for pro-competitive benefits onto platform operators?’

Essays should be no more than 2,500 words in length.

The entry deadline is 12 noon on Monday 21 October .

Who can enter?

Entrants must be trainee solicitors or paralegals/stagiaires working at law firms or organisations which have an office in the UK. Trainees who qualify shortly before the closing date are eligible to submit an entry, provided he or she has indicated his or her intention to submit an entry prior to qualifying.

Download the entry form and rules (PDF 191kb)

You are encouraged to start your essay as soon as possible.