Simcocks Advocates ran its annual Partnership with Schools initiative for the fourth time this year, featuring an essay competition for sixth form students interested in a career in law. Young advocates at the company visited high schools on the Island during February to launch the competition.
Students from QEII, Ramsey Grammar, Castle Rushen, St Ninian’s and King William’s College entered the writing competition, responding to one of the following questions:
1. What influence did the Vikings have on our current system of land law in the Isle of Man?
2. Should assisted suicide be legalised in the Isle of Man?
The essays have been read and marked and we are pleased to announce that the winner is Thomas Halliwell from St Ninians High School, who wrote a very well-argued essay on assisted suicide. Thomas has been presented with his £500 voucher prize, and is keen to take a work experience placement at the company early next year.
One of the advocates who presented at the schools and marked the essays is Sarah Wolter, who spoke about her involvement in the Partnership with Schools initiative:
“It’s so heartening, reading the essays these students have spent valuable time on, seeing all their ideas and getting an insight into the next generation of advocates. Congratulations to Thomas on his fantastic essay, and we look forward to working with you some time in the future.”