The JLD is very pleased to announce the results of the 2016 JLD essay competition.

The question was:

“How do you think Brexit will affect junior lawyers?”

Winner: Nicholas Cottrell, London

Highly commended:            

  • James Rhodes, Hampshire
  • Sophie Hatter, Nottingham


  • Christopher Stanton
  • Jessica Bryant
  • Lialah Harwood
  • Malgorzata Evans
  • Michael Zamecnik
  • Patrick Gordon
  • Pierre Welch
  • Thomas Doyle

Judging panel

The entries were judged by a panel consisting of:

  • Bryan Scant – JLD chair
  • Helena Raulus – EU policy adviser, the Law Society
  • Alexandria Carr – general counsel, HSBC
  • James Kitching – JLD executive committee
  • Adam Hattersley – JLD executive committee
  • Rick Thomas – JLD executive committee
  • Charlotte Parkinson – JLD executive committee

Chair of the JLD Bryan Scant says, There were some fantastic entries and it was a very difficult decision for the judges to make.  The shortlisted articles all addressed the questions in many different ways, making very interesting reading for all those involved in the judging process.  Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors, the calibre of writing was very high and they should all feel proud of themselves for their essays”. 

Congratulations therefore to Nicholas Cottrell who won the top prize of £500, James Rhodes and Sophie Hatter highly commended, and to those who were commended – Christopher Stanton, Jessica Bryant, Lialah Harwood, Malgorzata Evans, Michael Zamecnik, Patrick Gordon, Pierre Welch and Thomas Doyle.

The JLD would like to thank all those who entered the essay competition and also the judging panel.

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