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Lechmere Essay Prize

One prize of £500 may be awarded every year for an essay from a member of the Middle Temple on a prescribed topic of not more than 3,000 words.  The word count does not include footnotes, but footnotes should be used for pure reference purposes and not include analysis. 

Submissions will be accepted from members of the Inn who are students or newly Called and looking for pupillage, or currently undertaking pupillage.  Candidates must intend to practise at the Bar of England and Wales.

Entries must be typed and clearly marked with the entrant’s name and student number.  They must be accompanied by a signed and dated copy of the declaration which is provided with the essay topics.

The Guidance on Plagiarism and Note on Penalties can be found here - please read this carefully.


Applications for the 2020 competition are expected to open in June 2020 and close in August 2020, with exact dates TBC.


Past Winners

Naseem 'Naz' Khan

Click here to read his essay.

Kavish Shah

Rebecca de Hoest

Thomas Frazer

Natalie Kyneswood
Click here to read her essay.

Kevin Touhey

Yasmin Omotosho

John William Devine