Law Essay Prize Winners

8th February 2017

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Wadham Law student Sam Irving has won third prize in the 42 Bedford Row Disability Law Essay Prize 2017. Anna Lukina (Hertford) received the £500 first prize, with Pearly Ang (Oriel) coming second.

  • Front Row: Anna Lukina, Sam Irving and Alan Bogg
    Back Row: Mannat Malhi, Saahil Kaura Bali, Lord Justice Bean,  Aysha Ahmad, Will Beetson and Hannah Ross. Photos by Ollie Braddy

  • Third prize-winner Sam Irving (Law, 2014) with Lord Justice Bean

  • The Wadham organising committee


Certificates were awarded by Lord Justice Bean at a panel discussion focused on disability issues.  The discussants were Lord Justice Bean, Aysha Ahmad, Alan Bogg and Oxford student Hannah Ross.  Moderating the discussion was Will Beetson (History, 2006), a barrister at 42 Bedford Row.

Panellists discussed how the law should protect the right of persons with disabilities to just and favourable conditions of work, on an equal basis with others, including equal remuneration for work of equal value.

Discussions were followed by a drinks reception to celebrate the culmination of the University of Oxford's Disability Awareness Week.

The 42 Bedford Row Disability Law Essay Prize has been set-up to draw attention to the professional challenges faced by legal practitioners and academics who work in fields in which issues relating to disability frequently arise. The 2017 competition was judged by employment and discrimination law barrister Aysha Ahmad and professor of Labour Law at Oxford and fellow of Hertford College, Alan Bogg.

The event, which took place at Wadham, was organised by Wadham Law students. A compendium of essays resulting from the event will be available soon.

Judges and panellists

Aysha Ahmad
Aysha Ahmad is a leading employment and discrimination law barrister at 42 Bedford Row
She regularly acts for both Claimants and Respondents before Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Her Discrimination practice covers disability discrimination and her employment practice covers the breadth of employment law – including the area of Equal Pay. Her experience as an advocate is underpinned by her former role as a Legal Assistant to the House of Lords, where she assisted with some of the most important employment and commercial cases of recent years.

Alan Bogg
Alan Bogg is a professor of Labour Law at Oxford and a fellow of Hertford College. His research focuses on theoretical issues in domestic, European and International labour law. His book ‘The Democratic Aspects of Trade Union Recognition’ was awarded the SLS Peter Birks’ Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship in 2010. Most recently his work was cited with approval by the United Kingdom Supreme Court on the issue of sham contracts of employment in Autoclenz v Belcher. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Employment Rights.

Lord Justice Bean
Sir David Bean was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1976. He was appointed an Assistant Recorder in 1992, Recorder in 1996 and Queen’s Counsel in 1997. He was Chairman of the Bar Council in 2002. He was appointed a judge of the High Court (Queen’s Bench Division) in July 2004, served as a Presiding Judge of the South Eastern Circuit from 2007 to 2010, and was a Judicial Appointments Commissioner from October 2010 to March 2014. In August 2015 Lord Justice Bean became Chair of the Law Commission. He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in October 2014.

Hannah Ross
Hannah reads Modern Languages at the University of Oxford. Towards the end of her studies she focused on Disability Studies approaches to her subject area, including the presentation of pain and mourning in the texts of Francophone authors. Hannah currently volunteers with an art studio for people with learning disabilities and is getting involved with the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People.

Will Beetson
Will is a barrister at 42 Bedford Row, largely specialising in personal injury and clinical negligence with a little employment law.  He was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 2015 after reading modern history as an undergraduate at Wadham College.  He appears in court on an almost daily basis. Will was also born with cerebral palsy, which principally affects the lower limbs.  His condition has offered him a keen insight into and interest in the needs of clients who have been injured or who may have suffered discrimination.

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