Up-and-coming lawyer and sixth grade student at Ripon High School, Tom Cave, won a coveted award in a prestigious Oxford University competition, which was attended by participants from around the world.
Tom’s essay, which dealt with a complex legal problem, was selected from an exceptionally competitive international field to win a place in the elite university’s online legal workshops.
Katharine Baysan, outreach officer at Corpus Christi College, said Tom’s participation in the legal contest was highly praised in a group of 84 particularly strong contestants for his argumentative strength and clarity of writing.
Katharine Baysan said:
It clearly looked at the materials and tried to understand their meaning and effect.
Tom von Burton Leonard, who studied psychology, biology and design technology at A-Level, had to use legal texts to analyze how the law would be applied to a case involving negligence in participating in the Peter Cane Legal Reasoning Prize.
He decided to enter the competition to make good use of the latest knowledge he had gained after reading the law broader:
- The Peter Cane Prize was launched in 2017 and is intended to encourage discussion of the ideas and arguments behind law and in particular to encourage people from all areas and areas of life to apply for academic studies in law. The award is named after the well-respected attorney Professor Peter Cane, an internationally recognized scholar in legal theory, obligations, and public law, and Corpus’ first dedicated lawyer.
I thought it would also be beneficial to acquire additional research skills that would be helpful for my Advanced Project Qualification (EPQ) and for life after school.
Tom has examined whether human rights and criminal justice for Whole Life Orders are warranted for his EPQ during lockdown: “Criminals can spend their entire lives in prison without parole, and I am examining whether it is acceptable to remove their hope as well as their freedom . “
The 17-year-old, who is volunteering at the Ripon Walled Garden and hoping to receive his Gold Duke of Edinburgh award this year, has also gained virtual work experience with the international law firm White & Case on the lockdown: “Though the duties are They are strict and difficult, extremely informative, and give me a glimpse into commercial law that I hope to get into in the future. “
He also competed in the UK Supreme Court student writing competition and this time spoke about stopping and searching permissions in the UK: “What caught my attention for this competition is first prize to spend a day at the Supreme Court and with one To drink tea judge although unlikely to win! “
This is a difficult area and having to apply my knowledge to a particular case in order to draw a justified and fair conclusion has certainly been a challenge. It took a lot of reading.
I was very surprised that I received high praise on my first essay. I’ve put in as much effort as possible and I’m grateful that it paid off.
Ms. Baysan added:
We have been fortunate to receive so many high quality entries this year, with the best entries focusing closely on the materials provided and comparing their different approaches to the difficult problem of multiple causation.
Tom was presented with a certificate of his achievements at an award ceremony with Professor Peter Cane and, in addition to the online workshops, invited to a trial day at the law faculty.