Interview With Future Legal Minds Winner Amy Loughery
As part of the prize of winning National Accident Helpline's Future Legal Minds undergraduate competition, Amy Loughery, an undergraduate student at the University of York, together with Lukas Hamilton Eddy, a postgraduate student at City University London, each received £5,000 towards their legal studies as well as a two week placement at Colemans-ctts (now a part of Simpson Millar LLP) this summer.
We asked Amy about her forthcoming placement.
Why did you participate in the Future Legal Mind Award contest?I chose to take part in the Future Legal Mind competition primarily because the essay question was focused upon access to justice and this is something that greatly interests me.Coming from a working class background I have seen the impact that recent changes to the provision of legal services has had on access to justice for those that are less well off. Therefore I knew I could not miss the chance to present my ideas about the changes I think should be made, in order to increase access to justice to a wide audience.Also, the prizes on offer cemented my decision to enter the competition; legal work experience can be very hard to come by and the chance to experience a firm outside of Yorkshire will definitely help me begin a successful legal career.
What are your expectations about your forthcoming placement at Colemans-ctts (now a part of Simpson Millar LLP)?I am very excited to begin my forthcoming placement at Colemans-ctts (now a part of Simpson Millar LLP), particularly as the programme designed for Lukas and I will involve us sitting with associates, so I expect to be learning a great deal! As the firm has a specialty in serious personal injury I am looking forward to experiencing this area for the first time, as prospectively speaking, this is one of my preferred areas of practice.
How are you going to prepare yourself?In order to prepare for my placement I have been researching the firm and its main practice areas. It has been particularly interesting to read through some of the cases that Colemans-ctts (now a part of Simpson Millar LLP) have been involved in, such as those involving serious brain injuries and to see what approach the firm takes. I have also been reading through the Litigation Funding Handbook which was given to me when I won the Future Legal Mind award and contributed to by Greg Cox, whom I hope to meet.
What is the one thing you would like to learn during your weeks at Colemans-ctts (now a part of Simpson Millar LLP)?One thing I would like to learn during my placement at Colemans-ctts (now a part of Simpson Millar LLP) is what it is like to be a solicitor advocate.The Future Legal Mind competition was launched in 2014 by National Accident Helpline and supported by Lawyer 2B and Colemans-ctts (now a part of Simpson Millar LLP). Applications are set to open later this year for the 2016 competition. If you are interested in taking part you can find more information and register your interest here.
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