Chambers prize for top of the class Law students
Two second year Law students at Swansea University have been awarded a joint prize for their outstanding performance in the Criminal Law examination by Swansea’s Iscoed Chambers, one of the leading Chambers in the region.
The shared prize – £100 in book tokens – was won by LLB students Thomas Fitzpatrick, aged 19, from Baglan and Douglas Horlock, aged 62, from Pontarddulais.
Paul Thomas QC, joint head of Iscoed Chambers, presented Thomas and Douglas with the inaugural Iscoed Chambers Prize, which will become an annual award. The award is presented to the best performing student in the Criminal Law module from all School of Law students.
Speaking after receiving the prize, Thomas Fitzpatrick said: “Winning this inaugural prize came as a great – and very pleasant – surprise, especially as I have taken up a mini-pupilage with Iscoed Chambers over the summer break.
“This invaluable pupilage with one of the area’s leading Chambers will provide me with excellent practical experience before I return to my studies at the University in September.”
Douglas Horlock added: “My initial reaction to winning the prize was surprise and of course pleasure. Having retired two years ago from my role as a primary school teacher and schools inspector, I took up Law at Swansea to study for interest and for the satisfaction of achieving something in a completely different area.
“Winning the prize was a pleasant and unexpected bonus.”
Dr Stuart Macdonald, Lecturer in the School of Law and co-ordinator of the Criminal Law module, said: “We would like to congratulate Thomas and Douglas on their superb performance in the Criminal Law examination. This new annual prize from Iscoed Chambers is to be commended for supporting our students in their studies and strengthening links with the legal profession.”
For further information on Law courses at Swansea University visit the School's website.
Image caption: Left to right, Professor Andrew Halpin, Head of the School of Law at Swansea University, Douglas Horlock, Thomas Fitzpatrick, and Paul Thomas QC, Iscoed Chambers.