2015 Essay Prize

This now appears as a matter of record only. The winner and runner-up, and their essays, can be seen at the 2015 Results page.

The London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association established in 2014 the Jonathan Brock QC Memorial Essay Prize in honour of our past chairman Jonathan Brock QC who tragically died in July 2007 just short of his 55th birthday. Jonny, as he was known to his many friends, was a well-known and widely-liked character at the Bar and an excellent trial advocate. He was always a strong supporter of young talent making this competition particularly pertinent. The Essay Prize has been set up, with the active and continuing support of his widow Lindsey Brock, as a mark of respect and affection and in place of the annual Brock Memorial Lectures.

The 2015 Competition

It is open to:

  1. members of the LCLCBA (i.e. members of sets with chambers membership – click here to see the list under “about us” – and individual members) who were called to the Bar of England & Wales in the year 2007 or later and
  2. persons in pupillage at any time during the currency of the 2015 Competition – June 2015 to the closing date below – (“pupils”) in sets that are chambers members of the Association and
  3. pupils, as defined above, of individual members.

Joining the Association is simple – see under “About Us” or click here – and costs a mere £10 per annum for individual membership.

The authors of the selected winning essay and the selected runner up will each receive a substantial cash prize, funded jointly by the Association and Lindsey Brock, namely:

  • the 2015 Jonathan Brock QC Memorial Prize Essay – £2,000
  • the runner up – £1,000.

The topic is:

Does the availability of an illegality defence depend on the scope of the duty owed?

Entries must be

  1. no more than 3,000 words
  2. paginated
  3. accompanied, on an otherwise empty page at the end, by the entrant’s:
    • full name
    • chambers name, address and telephone number
    • personal contact email
    • year of call and, if a pupil as defined above
    • dates of such pupillage and the name and chambers and email addresses of the relevant pupil supervisor during the currency of the Competition
  4. attached in Word or equivalent format readable in Word (NB not PDF), to an email headed “Jonathan Brock QC Memorial Essay Prize 2015” and sent to this address: [email protected] and
  5. received by the closing date for entries – 12 noon GMT on Monday 2nd November 2015. It is the responsibility of entrants to ensure that any intended email entry is actually and successfully sent by the deadline. Use of a “received receipt” function is advised.

It would be helpful if those interested in submitting an entry would send an email expressing such interest to the address in numbered paragraph 4 above, with that same heading, as soon as practicable. Such an email does not engage any commitment to put in an essay, and nor is it a pre-condition of entry.

The submitted essays will be judged by a panel appointed by the Committee of the Association and the decision of such panel shall in all respects be final.

The selected winning entry – the Jonathan Brock QC Memorial Prize Essay 2015 – and the selected runner up will be announced at our AGM on the 8th December 2015

Prize-winning essays will be published here on this web site.