Legal eagle Abla in line for top award

Abla Seckley
Abla Seckley
  • Abla Seckley entered to the competition to kick start her legal career
  • She is from Aylesbury, but studies at the University of Kent
  • Is down to the final ten in national competition

A student could be in line for a £5,000 prize in recognition of her legal skills.

Abla Seckley, an undergraduate law student from Aylesbury is through to the finals of the Future Legal Minds 2015 awards.

It’s a real honour to be considered for such an exciting opportunity

Abla Seckley

Miss Seckley, who studies at the University of Kent, is also in line for a much-coveted placement at leading solicitor firm Colemans-CTTS, giving her the perfect opportunity to kickstart her legal career.

The members of the ten-person shortlist now face a nervous three-week wait until the winner is announced at a ceremony at the historic Lincoln’s Inn in London on 30 March.

Miss Seckley, said: “It’s a real honour to be considered for such an exciting opportunity. 

“Competitions like this encourage students to develop their skills and allow us to potentially gain some hard to come by work experience.  Access to justice is a critical part of our legal system and should be considered in depth by all law students, I am great full that this competition has given myself and others an occasion to do just that.”

Russell Atkinson, CEO of National Accident Helpline and chair of the judging panel, said:

“National Accident Helpline is passionate about securing access to justice for our customers, and we are delighted that some of the UK’s most exciting legal prospects share in our commitment to this important cause.

This award will give two outstanding students the best possible start to their dream career in law. We know that many talented law students find the cost of studying prohibitive, so the £5,000 prize will make a real difference to the winning candidates.

The quality of the entries was unbelievably high and I cannot wait for the winners to be revealed on 30 March.”

To win her place in the final Miss Seckley was asked to demonstrate a combination of original thinking and sharp legal insight in response to the question: “If the justice system were a blank canvas and you had the power to structure it, what would you do in terms of access to justice?” The winning response will be published by Lawyer 2B, the leading publication aimed at aspiring lawyers.