We are so pleased and proud to announce the winners of the Bernie Simons Essay Competition 2022.
We were so impressed with the responses this year that we have chosen 6 winners, instead of 5. Congratulations to Joe Davies, Mustafa Sayfi, Lalita John, Amore Adams, Pearse Barry, and Iffat Khan. The responses were well thought out, intelligent, and passionately argued.
This year, we asked students from the London area in years 11-13 to write an essay on one of three topics related to civil liberties. The three topics of choice were:
The competition was named after the firm’s Founding Partner, Bernie Simons, who was an outspoken advocate of human rights and whose values continue to impact the ethos of the firm. We are proud to honour his memory through this competition.
In addition to the amazing contribution of the participants, who shared their ideas and arguments on these topics, we had the benefit of the time and thoughtfulness of our panel of judges including British Actor, Colin McFarlane, Razi Mireskandari, our firm’s Managing Partner, Anthony Burton CBE, another of our firm’s Founding Partners, and Isabel Davenport, one of our winners from 2020, who together judged the essays in the competition.
Our winners have been invited to join us at SMB for a two-day programme, whereby they will benefit from a combination of work experience and career mentoring. Congratulations to all students who participated, and the winners, we were very impressed with all your submissions.
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