A student from the University of Surrey has emerged as the overall winner of Future Legal Mind 2018 – National Accident Helpline’s award to find the brightest legal talent in the country.
Gbemisola Obolo, who currently studies Law with International Relations, has won a cash prize of £5,000 plus a coveted work experience placement at a top law firm.
The 19-year old, who is originally from Harlow in Essex, could barely contain her excitement when she got the call to say that she was the winner of the sought-after award:
"It feels amazing. On hearing the news, I was surprised as I never thought such a thing could happen to me. Now, I feel a sense of pride in my work and I am just grateful.
I want to say thank you very much to National Accident Helpline. Thank you for providing a channel where students like me can showcase themselves and be recognised and rewarded for it. Thank you for boosting my confidence and enabling me to be more than just a law student but the winner of the Future Legal Mind award."
When Gbemisola isn’t studying for her degree, she works part-time in the St Elizabeth’s Centre care home, and participates in a range of choirs. She is also a published poet.
Her entry and consequent win for Future Legal Mind has earned her a cash prize and valuable work experience at a top law firm. She said:
“I am excited about gaining practical work experience, as words can only go so far on what it takes to work in a top legal firm. I am still early on in my legal career, so having this opportunity is an excellent head start to set myself apart in a competitive industry.”
Gbemisola was chosen by a panel of industry experts, above seven other students who were also shortlisted. National Accident Helpline’s Managing Director Simon Trott said:
“Gbemisola’s essay demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of the personal injury sector and tackled the perception that Claims Management Companies are ambulance chasing lawyers seeking to promote a compensation culture.
National Accident Helpline congratulates Gbemisola on a well-deserved win, and we wish her the best in her career aided by Future Legal Mind.”
The seven other finalists were spanned from across the UK, with notable entries from the University of Edinburgh, Durham University and the University of Oxford, who all answered the essay question:
The personal injury legal sector is frequently attacked by government, insurers and media as ambulance-chasing lawyers seeking to promote a compensation culture. What can organisations in the personal injury legal sector do differently in order to dispel the misconceptions and bring integrity back to claiming compensation?
To find out more about Future Legal Mind visit: national-accident-helpline.co.uk/future-legal-mind