A student from Knaresborough has been named as a finalist for the prestigious Future Legal Mind award run annually by National Accident Helpline.
Daniel Doig could be in line for a £5,000 prize and a work placement at law firm Simpson Millar, having wowed the award’s judges with an essay on the future of legal services for firms and consumers.
Daniel is an aspiring solicitor from the town of Knaresborough and is currently studying for an LLB in law at Leeds Beckett University.
He was attracted to law after working for a year in a solicitors firm in Bradford, where he was impressed and inspired by the professionalism, dedication and intellectual challenge that practising law requires.
Aside from studying, Daniel cycles all over Yorkshire. He’s also passionate about using his skills to help others and volunteers for the Citizens Advice Bureau in Wakefield.
Daniel is one of 10 finalists for Future Legal Mind 2016, which will be presented at a glamorous ceremony at the historic Lincoln’s Inn in central London on Wednesday 9 March.
Whatever happens on the day, Daniel will not go away empty handed. Alongside the overall prize of £5,000, there’s a prize of £2,000 for the next-placed candidate, while all eight remaining finalists will receive a cheque for £250.
Candidates were asked to answer the question:
Is the commoditisation of legal services inevitable and is a commercial approach more likely to compromise or enhance the quality of advice and service to consumers?
Daniel Doig, Future Legal Mind 2016 finalist, said:
I am delighted to have been shortlisted for the final in this competition and very much look forward to the awards ceremony at Lincoln’s Inn.
Simon Trott, Managing Director of National Accident Helpline and chair of judges for Future Legal Mind, said:
In a rapidly changing legal landscape it’s vital that our future lawyers are able to strike the right balance between the commercial demands of the profession and the need to protect access to justice and high quality legal services.
We have been very struck by the strength of some of the entries for the award, which provided real food for thought for some seasoned industry veterans.