Arbitration wins first prize of the Bar Council’s Law Reform essay competition

28 November 2019

Pupil barrister Penny Tridimas has won the 2019 Bar Council's Law Reform essay competition with a prize of £4,000. Her essay titled 'The Long and the Short of It: Introducing a Summary Procedure for the Dismissal of Unmeritorious Claims in the Arbitration Act 1996', examined the Arbitration Act 1996 and proposed an amendment to permit a summary procedure for the disposal of unmeritorious claims which would clarify and simplify the law.

The winning essay can be read here.

Other award recipients also received their prizes from the speaker at this year's Law Reform Lecture, The Right Hon Lady Arden of Heswall DBE. Runners-up were: 




Notes to Editors

  1. The Law Reform Essay Competition is an annual event and is aimed at developing and fostering an interest in law reform in pupils, law students, CPE/GDL students, BPTC students and those aiming for a career at the Bar.  The competition is generously sponsored by the Bar Council Scholarship Trust and offers prizes of: 

    £4,000 for the winner

    £2,500 for the runner up

    £1,500 for the best CPE/GDL entry

    £1,000 for the runner up CPE/GDL entry

    2 x £500 highly commended awards. 

    Details of the 2020 competition will be available soon. If you have a specific query, please email

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