Warwickshire woman wins top law student award

News Release

28 Nov 2011

Philip Barnsley presents the Resolution Prize to Rebecca Maher.

Former College of Law student Rebecca Maher from Napton near Southam, Warwickshire has been awarded a prestigious law student award for her outstanding performance in family law.

Rebecca, aged 23, has won the Resolution Prize 2011. The prestigious prize is awarded by Resolution, a 6,000-strong national family lawyers’ association that promotes a constructive and non-confrontational approach to resolving family disputes.

Rebecca received the award from Philip Barnsley, Chair of Resolution’s West Midlands Region and Head of Family Law at Higgs & Sons Solicitors in Brierley Hill, at a ceremony held at The College of Law’s Birmingham centre this week (Monday 28 November 2011).

The Resolution Prize is awarded to the student who obtains the highest overall mark in the family law paper of the Legal Practice Course across The College of Law’s eight nationwide centres. Everyone intending to become solicitors must pass this course before proceeding to the next stage of practice.

Rebecca was a student at the College’s Birmingham centre until July 2011 and scored 93 per cent in the family law exam. She also achieved a distinction in her overall Legal Practice Course.

She grew up in Napton and was educated at Southam College. From there she went on to the University of East Anglia, graduating in July 2009 with a 2:1 class Honours Degree in Law.

Next year Rebecca will begin a training contract to qualify as a solicitor with law firm Wallace Robinson and Morgan in Solihull.

Rebecca said: "I am thrilled to have been awarded the Resolution Prize for my performance in the family law module at The College of Law, Birmingham. I particularly enjoyed this course and it’s an honour to receive a prize from Resolution, which carries out such constructive and essential work in family law. It is an area of law in which l hope to work in the future.”

Philip Barnsley said: “Rebecca is a hugely deserving winner for Resolution’s family law prize and we warmly congratulate her. Resolution is committed to promoting best practice in family law, and this prize is an excellent way of promoting and rewarding people who choose to enter the legal profession.”

The College of Law is Britain’s largest legal training organisation for both student solicitors and barristers and attracts some of the country’s most able students. It has centres in London, Guildford, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Chester and York.

The Resolution Prize includes £500 and one year’s membership of Resolution.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

About The College of Law

· The College of Law is the leading provider of professional legal education and training in Europe with centres in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Manchester and York. We are widely regarded as experts in legal training – all of our tutors and course designers are qualified solicitors or barristers and have practice experience. We work closely with law firms and chambers of all sizes and exclusively deliver the Legal Practice Course (LPC) to trainees at many of the leading global law firms.

· As a Royal Charter educational charity, we are proud of our record of empowering students from all backgrounds to achieve their legal career goals. As well as being a leading provider of the LPC, we support qualified lawyers throughout the profession with a comprehensive programme of professional development courses and in 2008 we launched our Master’s LL.M programme in professional legal practice.

· We also provide the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) to give non-law graduates an entry route into the profession and the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for prospective barristers.

· In 2006 the College was the first independent institution to be granted degree awarding powers. In September 2012 we will be launching a two-year undergraduate LL.B law degree focusing on employability and professional legal skills.

About Resolution

Resolution is a group of over 6,000 family lawyers in England and Wales. Established in 1982 and formerly known as The Solicitors’ Family Law Association, it promotes a non-confrontational, constructive approach to resolving family disputes. To find out more, visit www.resolution.org.uk.