And this year's winners are…

STUDENTS from law schools around the country have been named in the winners' list of this year's Leonard Sainer Education Foundation Awards.

The awards, presented by City firm Titmuss Sainer Dechert and National Westminster Bank, are named in honour of the firm's late founder.

They provide an interest-free loan of up to u5,000 to assist with course fees for either the solicitors' Legal Practice Course or the Bar Finals. This year more than 50 institutions were invited to nominate two students for the awards.

Titmuss corporate partner, Charles Corman, says the awards, which are organised in conjunction with Sainer's executors and family, were established last year because Sainer himself “was always very keen to help out the younger members of the legal profession”.

“It helps them tremendously in giving them peace of mind to be able to concentrate on their studies without worrying about financial matters,” says Corman.

This year's award winners are: Rukhsana Ali (King's College, London), Willeke Henkes-Schouten (Exeter), Lucy Kennedy (Nottingham Law School), Ronan O'Donovan (Nottingham), Naa Turkson (King's College, London), Barbara Williams (Coventry), Rachel Cooper (Brighton), Mark Hunt (College of Law), Alan Larkin (Brighton), Gareth Underhill (Huddersfield), Andrew Wickham (Greenwich).