Timeline and key dates

  • Week ending 30 June: competition opens
  • 17:00 Monday 23 October: competition has now closed
  • Early December: prize winners announced


The competition prizes are available in the following categories:

  • The winner: £4,000, and their essay published on Counsel magazine's website
  • Runner-up: £2,500 
  • Best GDL entry: £1,500
  • Runner-up GDL entry: £1,000
  • Highly commended award: 2 x £500

We hope that the prize money will be used to contribute to the legal education or legal career of the prize winners.

In addition, all prize winners will be invited to meet members of the Law Reform Committee at a small reception held at a set of chambers.

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Previous winners and barristers share their thoughts on the competition, and offer essay-writing tips.