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St Anne's student, Tom Mitty, is a finalist in Future Legal Mind, National Accident Helpline’s award to find the brightest young legal talent in the country.

Tom is studying Law at Oxford and is in with a chance to win a £5,000 prize, plus a coveted work experience placement at a top law firm.

The 20-year-old student, originally from Chelmsford in Essex, is the JCR President at St Anne’s, and also an avid climber, having once scaled a 6000-metre mountain. He hopes to one day qualify as a barrister and work within personal injury law.

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

'A lot of work went into it, and I’m over the moon to have been recognised. Law is a competitive profession. 

The award will make a big difference to anyone- to help fund further studies, to stand out in applications, and as encouragement that they have what it takes to give it a shot.'

To be in with a chance of taking the top spot for the prize, Tom 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 Tom, 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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