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Students family law essay winner chosen
A student from the University of Edinburgh has won the Lindsays and Butterworths Family Law essay competition.
Lorna Beveridge will receive £850 in cash and a place at the two-day Family Law Association conference at St Andrews in November 2013 for her essay on the set topic "Relocation of Children – Where are the Scots Courts Going – and are they Right?"
The runner up, Seònaid Cochrane from the University of Aberdeen, wins £500 in cash and a place at the Saturday of the November conference.
Launched in November, the competition saw students from all over Scotland writing 2,500 words on the issues that arise when one parent wants to move with a child away from the area where the other parent resides.
The winner was chosen by a judging panel from law firm Lindsays, including Alistair Mackie, head of family law, and Karen Jack, an accredited child law and family law specialist.
Essays were judged on clarity of expression, the extent to which they showed an understanding of Scots law principles in this sphere, and on the discussion of the merits of the Scots position in comparison with at least one other jurisdiction.
The judges were impressed by the range of issues discussed. Mr Mackie said: “The standard of the essays in general was very high, with a number of key issues being examined, such as jurisdictional differences and the divergence between Scottish and English law in determining what would best serve the welfare of the child.”