Junior lawyers

JLD essay competition 2020 - winners announced

The Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) is pleased to announce the results of the 2020 JLD essay competition.

The question posed in the essay competition was: “Is there a role for the legal profession in environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations?”


Patrick Herklots, trainee solicitor, Dorset

Highly commended

Monika Rzesniowiecka, trainee solicitor, London

Rachel Low, LPC student, London


The entries were judged by a panel consisting of:

  • Manda Banerji, vice chair of the Junior Lawyers Division
  • Alexandra Cardenas, head of public affairs and campaigns at the Law Society
  • Eduardo Reyes, commissioning and features editor of the Law Society Gazette

Manda Banerji said:

"Congratulations to Patrick Herklots who won the top prize of £500 and to Monika Rzesniowiecka and Rachel Low who were both highly commended. Their essays were not just good reads but were well structured and researched with strong theoretical knowledge, critical legal analysis and a pragmatic approach to the COVID-19 crisis.

On behalf of myself and my fellow judges, I would like to say how much we enjoyed reading the essays entered this year, which were of a high standard, and appreciate the hard work that went into them. I would therefore like to thank all those who entered the competition and to my fellow judges for their support and enthusiasm.”

The JLD is grateful to Wesleyan for its kind donation of a voucher to the winner.


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