Essay Writing Competition 2022

  • Overview

Benest & Syvret are a firm of Advocates and Solicitors providing legal advice across a range of areas including family, children and personal law, litigation, dispute resolution and local property work. The essays will be judged by a panel appointed by the Partners of Benest & Syvret and a hand-picked team from managers within Benest & Syvret. They are looking thoughtful, well-researched and well-argued responses from students.

  • Who is it for?

The competition is open to all “A” level (or equivalent) students but will be of particular interest to those considering a career in law, accountancy or other related professional services. Participating in extra-curricular competitions allows a student to hone the skills needed to succeed at university level and can provide great personal statement content/talking points at university interview.

  • Age categories

This competition is open to sixth-form students aged 16 to 18 who are registered to study “A” levels or equivalent in Year 12 or 13 at the closing date.

The closing date 31st March 2022

  • Title

The title of this year’s essay is “What does acting in a client’s best interests look like?”

  • Guidance

Students are expected to carry out research as to the obligations imposed on lawyers to act in a client’s best interests, via resources on the internet, library and enquiry of lawyers and persons who have received legal services.

  • Format and requirements

The judges will be seeking: -

  • A clear essay which is well-evidenced, and reaches a clear conclusion.

  • Submissions should not exceed 1,000 words.

  • Students should provide referenced sources of information and data.

  • Submissions must be the own work of the student; citations and quotations must be clearly identified.

Terms and Conditions

By entering the competition, entrants agree to these terms and conditions. Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in disqualification.

Entries must be in English and submitted using the entry form with the required accompanying information. There is a limit of one entry per student.

The competition is open to sixth-form students, resident in Jersey who are registered to study any “A” level course or equivalent in Year 12 or 13 on the closing date.

Employees and immediate family members of employees of Benest & Syvret or anyone else professionally associated with this competition are not eligible to enter.

The competition closes on 1st March 2022 at 5.00pm. Entries will not be accepted after this time.

Entries will be judged anonymously by a panel of judges appointed by the Partners of Benest & Syvret, details of the judging panel will be available on request. The judging panel will judge all valid entries submitted against the following criteria to select a winner. The judging criteria will include: -

  • A clear essay directed to the subject in the title which is well-evidenced and reaches a clear conclusion.

  • Submissions should not exceed 1,000 words.

  • Referenced sources of data and information should be provided.

  • Submissions must be entirely the work of the student.

The winner will receive a cash payment of £500 from Benest & Syvret which will be paid by cheque and two weeks internship at B&S during the summer holidays of 2022. The entrant of the essay judged to be highly commended will receive a cash payment of £100 which will be paid by cheque. The winner’s and the highly commended entries may be published on the Benest & Syvret website; however, publication is at the discretion of Benest & Syvret. Each entrant will receive a certificate of participation.

The judging panel’s decision is final and binding and no correspondence or appeal will be entered into.

The winner will be notified no later than 30th April 2022 by email. If the winner cannot be contacted the details supplied within three business days of notification a replacement winner may be chosen at Benest & Syvret’s discretion. The original entry that was chosen will then be forfeited. The winner is responsible for providing valid contact details. Benest & Syvret will not be liable for any failure, delay or inability to contact the winner.

There is no fee to enter the competition and no purchase is necessary to enter.

Benest & Syvret accept no responsibility for late, incomplete, corrupt or lost entries.

Entrants warrant that their entries are not offensive, defamatory, libellous or otherwise unlawful and are unique, have not been plagiarised and do not infringe the intellectual property rights or any other rights of any third party.

Entrants will retain the ownership of their entries but by submitting an entry grant Benest & Syvret a royalty-free licence to display, publish, transmit, copy and use the entry or any part thereof in the media.

Benest & Syvret have no responsibility for any incorrect or inaccurate information used in connection with the competition or failures or errors which may occur in the administration of the competition.

Any personal data which may be submitted in an entry will be processed by Benest & Syvret in accordance with the applicable Data Protection Legislation.

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