UWE graduate wins Bristol Law Student of the Year award

Issue date: 11 November 2013

One of UWE Bristol's recently-graduated Law students, Elffin Farnon-Turner, has been selected as 2013 Law Student of the Year by the Bristol Law Society.

Elffin, who graduated with a first class honours degree, won the award for his hard work whilst studying at UWE. During this time he also played a leading role in setting up and managing a project to provide pro bono legal representation for clients whose disability benefits had been stopped.

Elffin is now studying for a Master of Laws at the University of Cambridge.

He said, “It is a great honour to have received such a prestigious award. It really is the cherry on the cake.

“This award signifies just how far I have come as regards my academic and extracurricular achievements and, in particular, my pro bono work on the Law in Action module at UWE.

“Through the Law in Action module, I gained the opportunity to establish the Legal Advocacy Support Project (LASP) – a pro bono project – at Avon and Bristol Law Centre. The experience of co-founding and managing LASP was invaluable and it helped hone many of the skills that I had acquired on the Bachelor of Laws programme. I also developed a variety of new practical lawyering and managerial skills, the gaining of which could not have been achieved in a conventional classroom setting.

“Armed with the 'Law Student of the Year' award and a first class honours degree, I now hope to make my ambition of becoming a lawyer a reality.”

Mark O'Brien, Director of Law at UWE said, “Being named Law Student of the Year 2013 by Bristol Law Society, in the face of stiff competition, is a fantastic and thoroughly deserved achievement on the part of Elffin.

“It underlines the hard work undertaken by him during his studies, and also the commitment he has shown to the work of the flourishing student community in Law here at UWE via his activities.

“Elffin was instrumental in setting up the pro bono activity with Avon & Bristol Law Centre, representing clients whose disability benefits have been terminated. This project, LASP, was co-founded, managed and co-ordinated by Elffin, who personally successfully represented a number of clients at tribunal hearings, as well as recruiting and training fellow students.

“The project was so successful that it was renewed for a further year. Whilst doing this, Elffin also attained a first class degree and won the Lyons Davidson Mooting Competition at UWE. He also formed the Bar Society for intending barristers.”

The award was one of fifteen presented at the Bristol Law Society's recent annual awards dinner attended by more than 360 leading local and regional lawyers and guests.

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