The JLD is very pleased to announce the results of the 2017 JLD essay competition.

Where is the line between legitimate accountability and calling judges ’enemies of the people’?

Winner: Christopher Walker, Bristol

Highly commended: Crawford Jamieson, London and Samuel Jones, London 

Commended: Beth Whaley, Harry Taylor, Martin Brown, Matthew Clark, Nicholas Cottrell, Pierre Welch, Steven Lock

Judging panel

The entries were judged by a panel consisting of:

  • Adele Edwin-Lamerton: Chair, Junior Lawyers Division
  • Greg Smith: Junior Lawyers Division executive committee member
  • Eduardo Reyes: Commissioning features editor, Law Society Gazette
  • Keith Etherington: District Judge

Winning essay

The judges were impressed with the standard and calibre of this year’s essay submissions and were agreed upon the winning essay being awarded to Christopher Walker. The judges felt that Christopher’s essay was well argued and included interesting analysis.

Adele Edwin-Lamerton, chair of the JLD, says:

Congratulations therefore to Christopher Walker who won the top prize of £500; Crawford Jamieson and Samuel Jones were highly commended and those who were commended - Beth Whaley, Harry Taylor, Martin Brown, Matthew Clark, Nicholas Cottrell, Pierre Welch, Steven Lock

I would like to thank all those who entered the essay competition and the other members of the judging panel. 

The winning essay and the two highly commended essays are available to download and read.