By: 19 October 2015
Graduation prizes celebrate Leeds Beckett law student success

Prizes to celebrate the achievements of graduating Leeds Law School students have been awarded as part of Leeds Beckett University’s summer graduation celebrations.

LLB (Hons) Law student Kelly Cronin graduated with a first class honours degree and received an Oxford University Press Prize for Outstanding Achievement on the LLB. Speaking after receiving the prize, she said: “It was a real surprise to learn that I’d been awarded a prize, but it was incredibly satisfying and the culmination of four years of hard study. Graduation was a fantastic day of celebration of my time at Leeds Beckett and I’m now looking forward to starting my Bar Professional Training Course in September to become a barrister.”

Speaking about the importance of recognising student success through the awarding of prizes, Deveral Capps, Head of Leeds Law School at Leeds Beckett, added: “I am delighted with the success of our students this year and would like to congratulate everyone who has won such an accolade; it is wonderful to have so many firms sponsor Leeds Law School prizes. I wish our prize winners and all graduates every success for the future.”

The full list of Leeds Law School sponsors and prize winners are listed below.

As well as celebrating the achievements of over 5,000 graduating students, Leeds Beckett also award honorary degrees each year to inspiring people who have made a significant contribution to their field. This year, Alan Baker, a senior figure in Leeds’ legal community and former President of Leeds Law Society, received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at the Leeds Law School graduation ceremony.

Alan, who began his career as a solicitor in 1974, is a founder board member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and served nine years as a Governor and Chair of the Estates Committee at Leeds Beckett University.

Speaking at the ceremony, Alan commented: “This award means a very gracious recognition of the 40 odd years I’ve spent in various capacities within the law in Leeds and West Yorkshire and also my association with the University. It’s a very kind recognition and much appreciated.”

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The prizes and the winners

Oxford University Prizes for Outstanding Achievement on the LLB – Kelly Cronin, Rosie Hamson, Layla Kawafi

The Milners Law prize for Employment Law Extended study (LLB) – Lucinda Long

The DLA Piper prize for Intellectual Property Law (LLB) – Samuel O’Neill

The Virtuoso Legal Prize for Intellectual Property Law (LLB) – Samuel O’Neill

The Morrish Solicitors Prize for Employment Law (LLB) – Abdulla Al-Siddiqi

The Consilia Legal Prize for Family Law (LPC) – Esme Madill

The Blacks Solicitors Prize for Employment Law (LPC) – Daniel Sammon

The Levi Solicitors prize for Commercial Leases (LPC) – Emma Wardle

The Shulmans LLP Prize for Property Law & Practice (LPC) – Emma Wardle

Legatus Law Prize for Commercial Law (LPC) – Jessica Dodd

The Capsticks Solicitors LLP Prize for Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence (LPC) – Laura Fairlie

The Ison Harrison Prize for Civil Litigation (LPC) – Richard Campbell

The Milners Solicitors Prize for Commercial Dispute Resolution (LPC) – Jody Waldron

The Harrison Bundey prize for Criminal Litigation (LPC) – Richard Campbell, Laura Fairlie, Toby Lunn, Esme Madill

The Bond Dickinson Prize for Property Law (LLB) – Rebecca Parker

The CPS Prize for Criminal Law (LLB) – Alison Pharoad

The Mincoffs Prizes for Company Law (LLB) & BLP (LPC) – Samuel O’Neill, Emma Wardle

Sweet & Maxwell Prizes for research (LLB and PGDL) – Ansa Matloob, Catherine Bailey