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First year student reaches final of Legal Mind competition

29 April 2020

Tamar Knight

A School of Law and Politics student has beaten competition from across the country to be named as a finalist in a law competition.

First year law student Tamar Knight , triumphed against law students and trainees from all over the UK to be named as one of 10 finalists for National Accident Helpline’s Future Legal Mind Award 2020.

The competition has been running for six years and past winners have gone on to become barristers and solicitors.

Tamar, who is from Cornwall, would like to become an environmental law solicitor and campaigner when she leaves university. In her competition entry, she argued that environmental policies needed to undergo “radical change”, including reducing emissions and investing in renewable energy, in order to fight climate change.

She said environmental lawyers were “essential” because they were the ones who would ensure that new and existing environmental laws were “upheld in practice”.

Speaking of her achievement Tamar said, “I am so honoured to be a finalist for such a prestigious competition, especially considering that environmental law is one of the most neglected areas of law and desperately needs the most attention.

“I am extremely grateful to have my skill and hard work recognised in this way by established legal professionals and I hope I will impress them in the final.”

Watch a video by Tamar explaining why she should win the competition.

Tom Fitzgerald, Managing Director of National Accident Helpline, said: “It was clear to us from Tamar’s essay and video how passionately she feels about becoming an environmental lawyer, and we wish her the best of luck for the final.”

The winner of Future Legal Mind 2020 will be announced in May. The winner will receive a £2,000 prize fund and will be mentored by experienced lawyers.

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