University of Surrey student from Harlow reaches final of legal talent search

Education: Secondary / Tue 10th Apr 2018 at 03:07pm

A UNIVERSITY of Surrey student is a finalist in Future Legal Mind, National Accident Helpline’s award to find the brightest young legal talent in the country.

Gbemisola Obolo is studying Law with International Relations at Surrey and is in with a chance to win a £5,000 prize, plus a coveted work experience placement at a top law firm.


The 19-year old former St Mark’s student, when she’s not studying for her degree, works part-time in St Elizabeth’s Centre care home. She is also a keen singer, participating in a range of choirs, and also a published poet.

Gbemisola has been shortlisted by a panel of industry experts alongside seven other students, and says she is overjoyed to be nominated for the top prize:

“I feel encouraged and more confident in myself. I am grateful that my hard work and the skills that I have cultivated have been recognised.

The amazing opportunity to have a work experience placement with a high-quality law firm would be an honour and will allow to me to develop my understanding of the practical work that takes place in a legal environment.”

To be in with a chance of taking the top spot for the prize, Gbemisola was tasked with writing an essay on the following topic:

The personal injury legal sector is frequently attacked by government, insurers and media as ambulance-chasing lawyers seeking to promote a compensation culture. What can organisations in the personal injury legal sector do differently in order to dispel the misconceptions and bring integrity back to claiming compensation?

National Accident Helpline’s Managing Director, Simon Trott, who chaired the panel of judges said:

“The Future Legal Mind award is designed to find the best up and coming legal talent in the country, and our shortlist this year certainly proves that. All entrants, including Gbemisola, have set the bar really high in terms of the standard of submissions that we received.

With that in mind, all of the shortlisted students should feel immensely proud of this achievement, and I wish them the best moving forward in the competition.”

The winner will be announced on 23rd April here: https://www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/future-legal-mind

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