Chris Skinner Memorial Law Essay Competition

Chris Skinner was nplaw’s Practice Director and sadly died in February 2017. Chris lived and worked in Norfolk for most of his career and made an outstanding contribution to local communities as an exceptional lawyer. He was passionate about nurturing the legal talents of the next generation and keen on helping young people interested in the law into employment.

nplaw, the legal practice he helped to establish, has established an annual law essay writing competition in memory of Chris.

We are pleased that the 2019 competition is now open for entries and the details are set out below.

The Question

 “What new law would you introduce and why?”

There is no set format for your answer but you might want to discuss things like:

  • Why is your law needed? What problem is it trying to resolve?
  • Is it partially covered by an existing law?
  • What might be its limitations?
  • Why might people like it or not like it?
  • Would it affect enough people for it to be worth parliament discussing it?

There is no particular area your law should cover but some ideas for topics could be:

  • Housing
  • Communities
  • Equality and diversity
  • Children and young people (including education)
  • Elections and voting
  • Health and social care

Word Limit

Your essay should be no more than 2000 words in length (but can contain fewer words).

The Prize

There is a £75 cash prize for the winner together with the opportunity to undertake three days’ work experience at nplaw during the summer of 2019.

Although there can only be one winner, we will also award “highly commended” certificates to those whose entry is judged to be good.

Who can apply?

The competition is open to anyone living or studying in Norfolk who is currently in Year 12 or 13 (sixth form) or the college equivalent.

How do you apply?

You can apply by emailing your entry to It must be accompanied by an entry form with all sections completed. It can be in Word or PDF format.  You can only send one entry.


The closing date for the competition will be 9pm on Sunday 3rd March 2019.

The winner and those highly commended will be notified no later than 12th March 2019 and should be available to attend a short prize-giving event at 5pm at County Hall, Norwich, on Wednesday 27th March 2019.

Good luck! If you have any queries regarding this competition, please contact Fiona Anthony at


The 2018 competition

Megan Reeve, a Year 12 student at Paston College Sixth Form, was the winner of the 2017/2018 Chris Skinner Memorial Law Essay Competition. All the entries were of a very high standard but the judging panel felt that Megan’s stood out. The judges commented that Megan set out her arguments coherently, considered the relevant law and reached a clear, well-reasoned conclusion.

Megan received a cheque and joined nplaw for a work experience placement during the 2018 May half-term.

The judges were very impressed with four other essays submitted and their authors received “Highly Commended” certificates.